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post #31 of 38 Old 02-02-2019, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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@rambo99 yes that's what I'm afraid of. I remember your post on the subject. This horse, Teddy, will eat poop, and has more than once. But something that's actually good for him? Forget it.

Hmm, actually, I just thought, what if I mix up some poop with the beet pulp. Not really, but still....
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post #32 of 38 Old 02-02-2019, 12:08 PM
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I know smilie swore by beet pulp for horse's. Honestly don't know how people can feed bp long term my horse's got to where they wouldn't touch it. I agree with @greentree it stinks like dead rats.

I'm currently feeding oats & allstock feed mixed more oats then allstock feed. Then throw in a vit/min with it only feed they eaten for longer than a week.

BP has a rubber like consistency between the stink and being like rubber. It just isn't an appealing kind of feed stuff. Think someone horse's get tired of eating wet feed too.
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post #33 of 38 Old 02-02-2019, 12:41 PM
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Really is individual then, lol. My horse loves his beet pulp, he's been eating it for years and will eat a whole bucket plain. I use beet pulp to get him to eat other things he doesn't like.

Maybe it has to do with how young they were introduced to it?
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post #34 of 38 Old 02-02-2019, 12:48 PM
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Lol. It took about a month for my horse to eat plain beet pulp (to mix supplements in), but once she realized there is nothing else, she started to lick her bucket clean...

Initially she was not enthused at all - but since I used bp to avoid the all stock sweet feed at the barn, we first had to go through withdrawal from the feed before she realized bp was edible too
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Weird, I've never noticed much of a smell coming from it. However, I'm only really on feeding duty during the winter, so I rarely deal with the stuff in hot weather. I did notice the bucket smelling a bit... cheesy... when it was warm out and had been sitting too long. That was the only time I went "ew gross" (and of course cleaned the bucket).

All the horses at our barn LOVE LOVE LOVE it. They need no incentive to eat it! We feed the plain stuff.
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post #36 of 38 Old 02-02-2019, 02:03 PM
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Bp is not worth the hassle, when there are better options on the feed market to feed. Timothy pellets, alfalfa pellets. Timothy balance cubes only have to add more vitamin E and flax and are better liked then BP. No making them go hungry enough to get them to eat it...IF they even will.

Could severe it every day for months.My current horse would just walk away and go eat hay or grass. Because feed isn't there thing pally wouldn't miss it if I never fed any grain, senior feed again...

My old guy when he was alive leaving him hungry with no other options on feed wasn't an option. He'd lose weight within days. So I fed what he liked that was triple crown senior and alfalfa pellets.
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post #37 of 38 Old 02-02-2019, 02:29 PM
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@rambo99 , I think your guys are my children in horse form! They rather go real hungry than eat something they don't like!
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alfalfa has a good ratio of calc/phos, at least in my area. Grass hay gets very low in Calc. Beet pulp shreds I always fed soaked. You can find sr feed without all the sugars, Nutrena has a feed. Special Care feed. I also feed alfalfa in the am and a oat/grain hay at night. Some horses cannot handle the proteins in straight alfalfa, plus the mix of the diff hay types reduces stones . My last true senior horse (33) had been put down a couple weeks ago, he got injured and never properly healed . :( . The others are just older 18 -20 and some younger ones 13-15 stay fat on the hay mix.
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