Beet pulp in its dry form has been blamed for causing colic and choke. One myth is that eating dry beet pulp can cause the horse’s stomach to rupture. However, eating too much of any feed can cause colic, and pelleted feed of any kind can cause choke. … But beet pulp is no less safe than any other feed.
Beet pulp can be used to help underweight horses gain weight, as it provides approximately 1,000 kcals per pound (one quart of dry beet pulp shreds weighs approximately 0.5-0.6 pounds).
The amount you feed depends on its purpose in the horse’s diet (whether you’re supplementing or replacing grain and/or forage). Janicki notes that researchers have safely fed up to 55% of a horse’s total ration in beet pulp—that’s equivalent to approximately 12 pounds of dry beet pulp per day for a 1,100-pound horse!
The remains of sugar beets used in the manufacture of sugar, beet pulp is high in digestible fiber and a good source of “safe” structural carbohydrate-based calories, making it a popular horse feed throughout the country and around the world.
A supplement containing protein, vitamins, and minerals will help the horse heal damaged tissues. For thin laminitic horses, consider providing calories from beet pulp (without molasses), alfalfa hay or cubes, soy hulls, or vegetable oil.
One such foodstuff is beet pulp, especially for horses with chronic diarrhea episodes. The interplay of increased transit time through the gut and mucosal damage to portions of the hindgut explains why the most significant complication of diarrhea is laminitis.
Contrary to popular belief it is not necessary to soak beet pulp before feeding. … Because of beet pulp pellets’ hardness and size, I always recommend soaking beet pulp pellets. And, given that it is always beneficial to increase your horse’s water intake, my preference is to soak shreds, too.
It’s not necessary to soak it overnight. If you have extra water, don’t worry; you can always drain it off before you feed, or you can feed the beet pulp on the “sloppy” side. Although most horses will eat beet pulp on its own, its appeal will be improved if you stir it into your horse’s regular grain ration.
Soak your beet pulp well and drain off as much of the water as you feel necessary. In the winter, I use lots of hot water to soak the beet pulp (we use pelleted) and don’t drain it at all – my horses love a warm mushy meal. Anyhoo, add about a pound or so of alfalfa to the soaked beet pulpe and mix it well.
Equine Senior Active is a high-calorie feed that is ideal for older horses that are still able to utilize long-stemmed forage. Ultium Competition, Omolene #200 and Omolene #500 are also calorie-dense feeds that may be helpful to help an older horse gain weight when fed with appropriate good quality hay and/or pasture.
Blending a flake or two of good-quality alfalfa in with a ration of grass hay is another way to add nutritional value to your forage. Alfalfa is higher in calories and protein than grass hays, which makes it an excellent choice to help to add weight to a thin horse.
Question – Does Beet Pulp help with or prevent sand colic? Answer – Any fiber source (pasture grass, hay and even beet pulp) can move a very small amount of sand and debris through the digestive tract. However, horses that have sand in their digestive systems need more drastic measures to clear the sand.
Sugar beet doesn’t always make horses fizzy! … However, in oats the energy comes from starch (which makes it fast-acting and fizz-giving) whereas in sugar beet the energy comes from digestible fibre, which makes it slow-releasing energy rather than immediate “fizz”.