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Inexpensive and beneficial, beet pulp has been used in the horse industry for a long time. It can help horses gain weigh, especially through the winter months. It’s also a great source of fiber and provides a slow release of energy. Overall, it may be something worth adding to your feed room!
What is beet pulp?
A by-product of the sugar beet industry, beet pulp is what remains after the sugar is removed. Despite its name, it’s actually low in sugar. Furthermore, it has a high water content, so it’s usually dried for storage.
What is it used for?
Beet pulp is a good source of fiber for the gut. It also provides extra calories for body condition and energy. Because it’s soaked in water before being fed to your horse, it has a high water content. This can help with water consumption.
Who can benefit from beet pulp?
Hard keepers can really benefit from the extra calories. It’s also good for those with poor teeth and insulin-resistant sensitivities. Some owners may use this fiber source during hay shortages. It can act as a forage extender.
How should you feed it?
Always introduce beet pulp slowly to your horse’s diet. In general, four pounds of dried beet pulp will provide a half pound of weight gain per day. You can also buy it in shredded or pelleted form. However, pelleted usually contains molasses, which may not be good for the horse on a low-sugar diet.
Most people soak beet pulp to make it more palatable and to avoid their horse chocking. It should be soaked for 30 minutes in warm water.
Speak with your equine nutritionist for more information!
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