I’ve fed beet pulp for many years, at one stage I tried soy hull pellets however found the results & economy of beet pulp much better for my horses. Despite beet pulps widespread use, there still appears to be a great deal of misinformation & misconceptions about it’s value as part of an overall diet for horses. Just yesterday I saw a post on a forum where someone claimed it was “dangerous” to feed, unfortunately they did not explain why they believed this to be the case.
I came across an excellent article written by independent nutritionist Clair Thunes, (I always prefer to heed advice from independent nutritionists rather than those employed by feed companies who have a vested interest in pushing certain products). This article is easy to read & understand, & answers some of the common questions I see regarding beet pulp. It also provides an explanation as to why some people refer to beet pulp as a “super fibre”.
You can see the article here:
Pros & Cons of feeding horses beet pulp.
When I first moved to the US, the available beet pulp was in the form of either shreds or pellets, unlike the quick soaking flakes from back home. Initially I soaked the pulp & then drained, however I have found draining it to be unnecessary. Personally I feed pellets, having found this to be more economical than shreds on a price per pound basis. I add Apple Cider Vinegar (1/4 cup), cover with about double the amount of water & soak overnight (unfortunately the quick soaking brands are not available in my area). Just before feeding I add the other ingredients of my mares diet (I do like to mix my own!).
Beet pulp can be a valuable addition to a horses diet, especially when access to quality grazing or hay may be restricted. One thing to remember with all feed ingredients is to create your diet on a DRY MATTER basis. I do hope the article has answered some of your questions, if you have others, I will endeavour to answer them or point you in the direction in which to find answers.
Cheers for now & happy riding!