Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by Stephanie W., Feb 6, 2005.
Is it bad for a pregnant mare to be fed beet pulp?
I was told that as long as she has a balanced diet IE- has access to a mineral block and vitamins are added to her feed, beet pulp is really good for a pregnant mare. It adds fiber and extra water to her digestive system. Now, that is what i was told an verified with articles I have read. If anyone has any more info please give, as I just started feeding this to my mare that is in her last trimester and am having a hard time keeping weight on, it has helped her tremendously!
one of the stable i worked for fed her pregnant mares beet buld with their feed.
After I posted this I read the other articles on beet pulp and they are very informative. One thing I didnt know is it is a good calcium source. However I was told never to feed dry, I wont take the chance cause you just cant replace these guys and I wouldnt be able to live with myself if I did do something wrong! QUESTION - HOW MUCH WATER DOES EVERYONE ELSE USE TO SOAK IN. I use just under 2lbs dry in a 2.5 gallon bucket and fill the bucket almost to the top, when all soaked up the beet pulp reaches the top. This is split between 2 babies and 2 mares, the mares are for weight gain the babies are to add a little bulk without the added grain..
You are apparently to use one part beetpulp to two parts of water.
We use enough water to soak it up
We put the bp in first then cover it with water, and bp is used on all our mares after foaling to keep weight on. Some stay on it some only for a few days
Beet pulp is the "fibrous material" left over after the sugar is extracted from sugar beets. Its an excellent source of digestible fiber(fiber is the most important part of a horses diet), with a relatively low crude protein content(averaging 8-10%), comparable to good quality grass hay. Its digestible energy is somewhere between that of hay and grain. It can be fed in addition to or instead of, hay.
Contrary to popular opinion, you dont have to soak beet pulp in water to feed it safely to horses--studies in which horses were fed dehydrated beet pulp, up to a level of 45% of their diet, noted no ill effects whatsoever. Not only did the horses not "explode", but they also suffered no signs of colic or choke. But most people prefer to soak beet pulp.
Because beet pulp is really a fiber supplement, not a grain, you can safely feed as much as you want. It is an excellent addition to any horses diet- pregnante or not-Anything new to a horses diet should be done slowly.
What EJ said. We mix it with pelleted feed, about two lbs per horse per feeding, and give it to them as a warm mash in winter, cool in summer. We feed it to them as wet as they'll take it too, just to get more water into them, especially in winter. The only downside to feeding mashes constantly is that they make a real mess in the feed tub!
Oh, and our broodmare got it throughout her pregnancy, and did fine.
Also, the fiber in beet pulp breaks down in the large intestine, and like hay really helps the horse generate heat.
Beet Pulp can be a good suppliment.
Here's a good site on beet pulp.
Here are a couple of good beet pulp based feeds that friends of mine use.
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