Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mariposa, CA USA
• Horses: 0
"grey not actually being a color (it's literally a depigmentation of the hair"
Actually, it's considered by some to be a birth defect! But, yeah, all light colored animals (including humans!) are more apt to get melanoma, and care should be taken...
" It seems the myth of beet pulp has been perpetuated over the years as it causing colic if it's not soaked - that it will swell up in a horses stomach and cause him to die. "
I believe this to be half fact and half myth. Beet pulp DOES expand a lot when soaked in water, so there is some risk of a large amount swelling in the stomach IF the horse had ingested a good quantity of water before eating it. Beet pulp doesn't instantly swell up like those chinese noodles, so by the time it hits the stomach, the acids will decompose it quickly. Yes, that would be a problem with 'bolters', so presoaking it would be a real good idea. Harder to gobble up mash than pellets! My sister feeds beet pulp, and her horses love it. My horse won't touch it.