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littleredridinghood 01-28-2013 03:16 PM

Help with beet pulp/ feeding s
 
Hi. I have a 15 yr old, 17.3 hand ottb. He is out on pasture for the most part but right now there is no grass. He is getting 2.5 scoops of sweet feed twice daily (each scoop is 2 quarts) and about 4-5 flakes of hay at each feeding. He is looking a little thin along the topline and could use a little more fat on him in general. I am considering using beet pulp, as he has had it before and did fine on it with his previous owner. I just don't know how much to feed and what your thoughts were on his feeding regimen right now. Thanks!

Speed Racer 01-28-2013 03:18 PM

First, get him off the sweet feed and onto something a little more nutritious and less sugary. I use Blue Seal Trotter, which is an alfalfa based pellet.

If you want to give him beet pulp, I'd start him off with 2 quarts each feeding. Make sure you soak it first, even if it's pelleted. You can adjust the amount up or down once you have a baseline.

nikyplushbreyer 01-28-2013 03:19 PM

is he just staying skinny even though you keep feeding him if he is i would use beet pulp

littleredridinghood 01-28-2013 03:21 PM

I just looked at the blue seal feed and it's an awesome price! I will have to find that near me and put him on it! Thanks so much. Do you have any recommendations as to how much of it I should feed him?

nikyplushbreyer 01-28-2013 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by littleredridinghood (Post 1866639)
I just looked at the blue seal feed and it's an awesome price! I will have to find that near me and put him on it! Thanks so much. Do you have any recommendations as to how much of it I should feed him?

you could start off with 2-3 quarts

Speed Racer 01-28-2013 03:23 PM

Your TB is taller than mine, so I'd start him at 3 quarts per feeding. My boy gets 2 quarts per feeding, but he's only 15.3 h.

I love Trotter; along with beet pulp it'll put weight back on a horse like nothing else. :D

littleredridinghood 01-28-2013 03:24 PM

Awesome! Thank you so much for the advice! As soon as I find trotter my boy is going on it!!

Speed Racer 01-28-2013 03:25 PM

You can always go to the Blue Seal website and look for dealers in your area.

nikyplushbreyer 01-28-2013 03:26 PM

thats great glad I could help

equiniphile 01-28-2013 03:26 PM

Beet pulp is great for putting weight on. You might also consider corn oil poured over the pellets.


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