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post #1 of 18 Old 02-24-2017, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Question Does soaking grain reduce fiber content?

I tried to google this, but nothing really came up. I am switching my horse from Purina Strategy to Nutrena Safe Choice Maintenance and beet pulp. I board at a lesson stable, and to make it easier for them to feed, I am putting his rations in bags that they dump into his bucket for feeding time. Since there is beet pulp I am going to soak it, I was just wondering if it would change the other grain at all/ reduce the fiber content or anything. Thanks!

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When you say you are going to soak it ------ does that mean you will prepare the bags in advance with the water?

That would be a huge no-no from the standpoint of causing the feed to sour and you would be pretty sure of causing your horse to colic.

Soaking the feed won't do anything to change fiber content. A small amount of added moisture is a good thing BUT it should be added right at feeding time :)
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Am I reading this right?
If you mean that you're feeding the Safe Choice Maintenance PLUS sugar beet then you do need to soak the sugar beet. I know there are people that don't but having had horses choke for something to do I never would
As Walkinthewalk already mentioned you need to keep soaked sugar beet in a cool place in warm/hot weather - you could maybe invest in a cool bag of some sort if the Barn doesn't have anywhere suitable.
I never feed anything dry, a horses natural food is grass and it's got a very high water ratio so damping the feed makes it closer to that and helps hydrate the horse which in turn reduces impaction risks

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I soak beet pulp, and don't feed any other type of bagged feed, which I take it, you are referring to as 'grain'
The fiber used in almost all, if not all bagged feed, is in fact beet pulp
What in that safe choice is important to you? The fat for calories you can buy flax or canola oil and add it to the beet pulp.Minerals I feed free choice, and if a horse is on a hay ration, add also vit a and e
If there is any real grain in that Safe choice, I would not soak it
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When you say you are going to soak it ------ does that mean you will prepare the bags in advance with the water?

That would be a huge no-no from the standpoint of causing the feed to sour and you would be pretty sure of causing your horse to colic.

Soaking the feed won't do anything to change fiber content. A small amount of added moisture is a good thing BUT it should be added right at feeding time :)
I have the dry bags prepared, and when they are done with feeding they just put a little water in and leave it for the next feeding.

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Am I reading this right?
If you mean that you're feeding the Safe Choice Maintenance PLUS sugar beet then you do need to soak the sugar beet. I know there are people that don't but having had horses choke for something to do I never would
As Walkinthewalk already mentioned you need to keep soaked sugar beet in a cool place in warm/hot weather - you could maybe invest in a cool bag of some sort if the Barn doesn't have anywhere suitable.
I never feed anything dry, a horses natural food is grass and it's got a very high water ratio so damping the feed makes it closer to that and helps hydrate the horse which in turn reduces impaction risks
Yes, he is getting 1.5lbs Maintenance and .5lbs beet pulp (the weight when it is dry)

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I'm feeding two very old horses who struggle to keep on weight.

They get a pelleted feed, a corn/oat/barley mix, and a half pound of beet pulp. It is really working for them.

When I go to feed, I get the two tubs for the oldsters, put their half pound of beet pulp in them and add about a quart (a little more) of hot water. I let those soak while I mix feed for the others and put theirs out.

When I come back I add the senior's mix to the moistened beet pulp, stir and feed them.

I bring the hot water in heavy insulated jugs. If I'm going to be gone, I leave hot water in the jugs and a helper mixes as I do. Amazingly, even in our subzero temps, the water stays warm for 8-10 hours in an unheated shop. I've tried it when I'm around to be sure.

Sometimes there is extra water, but it does not adversely affect the other feeds to be mix with it.
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Soaking the maintenance is no different than soaking senior. It won't change anything and it will flavor the BP if she's not crazy about it.
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No, soaking will not change the fiber content, it will just add more moisture. Moisture does not make fiber go away.

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No, soaking will not change the fiber content, it will just add more moisture. Moisture does not make fiber go away.
That's what I thought, I just wasn't sure if somehow the water broke down the fiber... Thx ya'll

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