Picky eater ruining your plans to try new supplements?
Beet pulp can really do the trick! La Prima will think twice, or more, with an insulted hoof stomp in the feed pan before mouthing anything that seems remotely different from yesterday’s offering. Beet pulp has done wonders with getting through with all sorts of things for her – it just mixes right in there.
Some horses will take several tries to take to beet pulp. In her case it was just a matter of fiddling with the amount of water added to the shreds and adding soaked alfalfa cubes on top the first few days.
Many feed this to older horses who have a hard time chewing, or as a low-cost way to add weight. I don’t feed this as a standalone feed, just a ½ lb serving, measured before soaking, as an extra third feeding to mix supplements. In the summer it can be a great way to get electrolytes in.
- It’s cheap
- High fiber
- Will not mess with digestion
- Can actually be good for digestion since it can easily ferment in the hindgut
- Very low in starch and sugar
- Most horses like it!
2-3 lbs total of beet pulp in a day is considered safe, more than that and the balance of phosphorus to calcium will be off (Beet pulp’s calcium:phosphorus ratio is 10:1 vs. the recommended 2:1), and there will be a lack of vitamin A & E as well as trace minerals. It also does not contain the needed protein for growing, young horses or for high-performance sport horses.
While trying different supplements this has been great for us. A a nice way to sneak in some extra water too. Both her appetite and weight has continued to increase, so we’ll make sure to stick mainly to hay.
DISCLAIMER: My blog posts are never intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from my own experiences and reading. You are always encouraged to make your own health care decisions for your horse based upon your own research and in partnership with a qualified veterinarian.
Yesterday morning had our awesome farrier Hayley out. Again. Right front shoe is on now. Is it going to stick this time? A mystery. Sort of short on time and with winds absolutely Howling, La Prima was lunged with new bell boots on instead of riding. She did great – can’t wait to get on today!