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I have been giving Chase and Bee beet pulp shreds mixed into their feed to help promote weight gain, as Chase is a hard keeper. Chase refuses to eat it once its been soaked and will abandon his grain as well if the soaked beet pulp is in the same dish. So I tried giving it to him dry and he ate it all. So for the past 2 weeks I've been giving him and Bee dry beet pulp.

I just read an article that said that dry beet pulp causes colic and will rupture their stomach!? Is this true?
 

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I wonder if you could maybe semi-soak it? Like soak it until it gets a little soft but isn't all mushy? I really feel you with trying to put weight on a horse, particularly one that turns his nose up at beet bulp ("yucky!").

One thing my trainer told me (not sure if it's true or not) is that beet pulp can make a hot horse hotter, both in terms of termperment and actual body heat. I don't know if that would be a bad or a good thing in your situation, but I thought I'd toss it out there.
 

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My horses won't touch beet pulp by itself...they walk away.

Mixed in with something, they eat it but very slowly..


My vet told me for weight gain to do alfalfa cubes...
You need to moisten at a minimum so soft pieces to chew but I prefer to make mine wet.
All pelleted/shreds/cubes "hay" or fiber should be soaked to reduce the chance of choke that occurs to frequently.
As soon as these "dried" products touch moisture, aka saliva, they do a rapid expansion.
That expansion can and does start happening in the esophagus and choke they do do...
If the horse does not drink enough they can cause a impaction...a form of colic.
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My horses won't touch beet pulp by itself...they walk away.

Mixed in with something, they eat it but very slowly..


My vet told me for weight gain to do alfalfa cubes...
You need to moisten at a minimum so soft pieces to chew but I prefer to make mine wet.
All pelleted/shreds/cubes "hay" or fiber should be soaked to reduce the chance of choke that occurs to frequently.
As soon as these "dried" products touch moisture, aka saliva, they do a rapid expansion.
That expansion can and does start happening in the esophagus and choke they do do...
If the horse does not drink enough they can cause a impaction...a form of colic.
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We were doing soaked alfalfa cubes for about 1 or 2 months and sadly saw no weight gain. I found that with beet pulp he has noticeably gained weight. Once I run out of this bag I will most likely go back to alfalfa if his weight is where I want it to be. Today I will try and just get the beet pulp moist and see if he’ll eat it lol.
 

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My apologies...the computer or site "stuck" and several posts duplicated on me...
I did add to my original post so no change or confusion will happen...



I too have been struggling with keeping weight on one of my horses..
My horses won't touch beet pulp by itself either...they walk away.
Mixed in with something, they eat it but very slowly..
Now, that said...
Many feeds today are beet pulp based so it isn't they won't eat it...
It is they won't eat it plain, by itself with no yummy flavoring added...
Something to think about is adding something to flavor the food with...apple juice, some yummy fruit juices or even applesauce.
If you are determined to feed beet pulp in any form by itself from a bag and refusal to eat...try flavoring and see if it helps stimulate the appetite.

My vet told me for weight gain to do alfalfa cubes...
You need to moisten at a minimum so soft pieces to chew but I prefer to make mine wet.
Alfalfa cubes they eat as fast as I will allow, they chow down.
"Plain", just the cubes and they love them and eat willingly.
All pelleted/shreds/cubes "hay" or fiber should be soaked to reduce the chance of choke that occurs to frequently.
As soon as these "dried" products touch moisture, aka saliva, they do a rapid expansion.
That expansion can and does start happening in the esophagus and choke they do do...
If the horse does not drink enough that can cause a impaction...a form of colic.
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What feed are you actually feeding?
How much and how often?


And hay?
Is it a round roll or are you giving square bales too?
Again, how often and how much?
And what kind of hay/grass is it in the round roll or square bales?
Is it horse quality that it was kept dry and are you keeping it dry now at your barn?
Is it covered out of weather and sun exposure?
How much time are they "grazing" the round roll?


So many things can have a horse looking poor...
Teeth have been asked about but I forget...
When were the horses teeth last done or completely checked the mouth for issues?
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I feed it dry. Many I know do. Same with alfalfa pellets and cubes (if they can be broken into smaller chunks or come in small chunks). If you have a horse that you know is prone to choke then wet it. If not they won't likely have an issue unless than take a long time to chew and swallow. Salt it if you want to encourage then to drink plenty. Never personally had a horse with impaction colic from feeding dry.
 

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I know several people who feed the BP shreds dry never an issue. They do mix it with other feed though. I wouldn't feed BP pellets dry though.

There are a lot of horse's who don't do wet feed I own one of them. Doesn't matter how little it's wetted still won't touch it. My now gone old boy ate soaked bp with alfalfa pellets. Did so for an entire winter...then one day decided he no longer liked bp. Nothing added to it would get him to eat it.

My boy won't touch bp no matter how it's served. Some horse's get sick of bp and will stop eating it. But yeah it can be fed dry mixed with other feed.
 

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I wonder if you could maybe semi-soak it? Like soak it until it gets a little soft but isn't all mushy? I really feel you with trying to put weight on a horse, particularly one that turns his nose up at beet bulp ("yucky!").

One thing my trainer told me (not sure if it's true or not) is that beet pulp can make a hot horse hotter, both in terms of termperment and actual body heat. I don't know if that would be a bad or a good thing in your situation, but I thought I'd toss it out there.
 

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The shreds can be fed try but there is no guarantee that a horse won't choke
Pelleted beet pulp shouldn't be fed dry as that does present a high choke risk
The three main reasons why horses refuse to eat it when soaked are
1. Its oversoaked
2. Its left to stand in a warm/hot place for too long after soaking and starts to ferment
3. Its poor quality beet pulp to start with.
@ACinATX - As long as you avoid the stuff that's had molasses added to it after processing it won't make a hot horse hotter - in temperament or actual body heat

I would suggest adding some pelleted feed to the sugar beet and then only a small amount of water
I always use a quality chopped forage as the main base for whatever else I feed
Introduce anything new in small amounts - don't throw in a whole scoop of soaked sugar beet if the horse has never eaten it before
 

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Can you try the shreds mixed with molasses? They sell 40 lb bags of it here otherwise you could add some on your own. Several of mine wouldn't eat it plain but all of them lick their bowls if there's a little molasses in it.
 

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My horses absolutely refused to touch beet pulp. The looks they gave me were like " you ~really~ expect me to eat this crap? Try stabilized rice bran for weight gain. I've got a 21 year old mare who is a hard keeper. Normally she gains weight during the winter because all her forage is straight alfalfa hay. But I noticed a month ago she had lost some weight. I started her slowly on rice bran on the 13th of March and gradually increased it to 1/2 cup twice a day in her mash. Took pics on the 13th and yesterday and compared them. She's starting to put on weight.
 

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I would not feed it dry. Why not mix alfalfa cubes with beet pulp? Start with a little beet pulp in a lot of alfalfa cubes, an gradually (like over a month), start increasing the beet pulp ratio. That's how I transitioned mine and they all love it. I still put a handful of hay cubes in with the beet pulp at every feeding. For my fussy older gelding, I add a drop of peppermint oil to his food. There is never anything left and they lick their pans.
 

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I agree, it's safer to soak, however it' really not necessary unless you have a horse prone to choking. There's some truth to it but not as much as people seem to think. I feed mine soaked, in part to get extra water in them. Check with your vet. If you just can't get him to eat it well give it to him dry and mix it in with the rest of his feed so he's not taking big mouthfuls of just beet pulp.
 

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Straight cold pressed flax seed oil will put weight on horses like you won't believe. If you mix it with alfalfa pellets or cubes you get even more calories but you have to be careful because you can make horses fat fairly quickly feeding straight oil and you have to work up to 1 to 2 cups a day slowly or you will give your horse the squirts and it isn't pleasant. I started my hard keeper with 1/4 cup a day and worked up slowly over time. I mix his with whole oats, ground flax meal, loose minerals and alfalfa pellets in a ratio my equine vet made up specifically for him. He went from skinny to very healthy in under a year.
 

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There are other options for weight gain without using beet pulp. Which in time horse's get sick of eating bp some horse's will never eat soaked feed....no matter how slowly its introduced.

My horse won't touch bp no matter how little is added to what he will eat. Soak it and he'll just walk away and go eat hay.

Look for a high fat feed, or add oil to what he eats now. Just slowly add the oil over a few weeks no soaking to do then.

I did the soak bp and alfalfa pellets for a entire winter 6 lbs total in dry form once soaked it filled a 5 gallon feed bucket heaping full. Did this twice a day had to separate horse's to feed. Fortunately he knew where he got fed so went to his feed pan. I just closed gate once horse was where he belonged. But had to go back an hour later to open up gate to let him back out.

There were nights if they didn't come up for feed I just skipped feeding them. Put bucket in fridge and fed it in the morning. Happened once in a while usally after a new round bale got put out.
 
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