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post #11 of 20 Old 11-11-2015, 05:09 PM
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You DO NOT HAVE to soak beet pulp for a few hours that is highly outdated info!!!!

For my hard keeper. I have him on alfalfa or grass pellets with beer pulp. He has terrible time chewing as well. I soak the pellets with water for mane 5 min often less. Does not take long at all o turn into a mash. This includes beet pulp and seniors feeds. People make a big deal out of soaking. It really takes no time at all!!!

Add water to your grain ration. Then go give your horse his hay check his water ect, whatever you generally do as a routine. By time your done tossing him hay. The pellets are soaked up and ready to feed. You can defiantly soak in summer with cold water
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post #12 of 20 Old 11-11-2015, 06:03 PM
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You DO NOT HAVE to soak beet pulp for a few hours that is highly outdated info!!!!
True, but most seniors [the topic of this thread] have chewing difficulties or missing teeth: it's likely to be impossible for them to chew a huge, hard, beet pulp pellet well enough for the pellet not to present a choking hazard.

As an aside, though I know current science says soaking is not necessary, my senior mare colicked and had to be put down after eating less than a pound of minimally-soaked beet pulp pellets.
The colic was chalked up to gastric torsion caused by an internal growth, but a part of my brain wonders if that BP played a part. It might be a coincidence, but that experience colors how I now choose to feed beet pulp.

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post #13 of 20 Old 11-11-2015, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by verona1016 View Post
Have you tried Triple Crown Senior? It's a very soft textured feed.
This is a very nice senior feed.
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post #14 of 20 Old 11-11-2015, 07:56 PM
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Shreds should always be used with beet pulp. The pellets as you say do not absorb well. In 10 years and multiple horses I have never had a problem with beet pulp shreds soaked for a few min with hay pellets or senior feed. Make sure to add double the water and you will have a perfect soft mash in less then 5 min
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I like the triple crown senior but I can't find it around me anymore so I've been doing the equine senior, purina brand I think.

I have been buying some feed for my other horses, I'll have to look at the bag to check the brand but it's a 12% pellet, the pellets are really small and you can break them with your fingers so he is able to eat those and my senior horse only has about 4 teeth and a terrible wave mouth.

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post #16 of 20 Old 11-11-2015, 08:04 PM
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I would second the purina senior feed, soaks quite well at all times of the year.

it is also a complete feed so no need for the beet pulp, and for an easy keeping senior they have an active senior feed (we were going to put my wife's pony on active in the summer and regular sr in the winter since she always did great on the pasture, but still needs the vitamins/minerals that pasture won't give you)

just take a jug of warm water soak it for a few min and good to go.
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post #17 of 20 Old 11-11-2015, 10:16 PM
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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.
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post #18 of 20 Old 11-28-2015, 12:42 AM
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I've heard amazing things about Triple Crown senior. That whole line of feeds is great quality.
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post #19 of 20 Old 11-28-2015, 12:25 PM
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Quality senior feeds are going to be pelleted because, as has been mentioned, the processing of the feedstuffs help to make it more digestible. You don't have to serve the soaked pellets hot. Just put hot water in and then let it cool off before serving.

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post #20 of 20 Old 11-28-2015, 08:58 PM
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I'm assuming there's a reason the dentist has not fixed the "wave"?

Regardless if you do think he needs a senior feed that is fine. Most senior feeds are not hard feeds. I would really just do some research on what's available to you. I'd say hard pellets are in the minority. Soaking shouldn't be a big deal. Senior pellets are made to be soaked. Bring some hot water with you and they'll be soaked in no time. Soaking a textured feed will be even quicker. If you can't find textured even senior pellets should be pretty easy.

What brand is he getting now?
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