Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Horses with healthy teeth can chew up beet pulp pellets just fine. BUT, for seniors or any other horse with iffy teeth, soaking is a better move. Unfortunately, if their teeth are iffy, they're far more likely to choke on EVERYTHING (senior feed pellets, alfalfa pellets, hay, grass, an apple slice, etc), not just this feed item.
Now, even for horses with perfect teeth, I'd still say soak it. They like it better, it provides water, it's easier to mix supplements and meds into, etc. Summer or winter, I've always found it easy enough to put a bucket in my vehicle and toss water on it when I'm on my way out to the barn so it's ready by the time I get there. If his teeth are so bad he can't handle even soft pellets, you're gonna be pretty much resigned to feeding mush multiple times daily year round or euthanasia.