You might have already heard the benefits of beet pulp for horses – the low calorie, healthy means of putting on weight – minus the sugar spike in the blood. But given that your pet’s health is on the line, it is always best to dig deeper into the merits and particulars of beet pulp for your horse. And so we bring you the general facts and figures before you can induce a beet pulp feed for your “hard keeper”.
Check out also the following video where Bunny Hendricks explains more about feeding beet pulp to your horse. To go slowly about it is the best course and it all depends on the type of pasture that you have. Talk to your vet who knows your horse best and the individual situation.
What is beet pulp?
Beet pulp is the super fiber left behind after sugar production. After sugar beets are processed – and they are not your regular garden beets, these look more like radishes – the pulp is processed into pellets or shreds and used as cattle feed.
As far as nutrition count goes, with each beet pulp feed your horse gets about:
8-10% crude protein
Digestible fiber equal to the amount derived from hay and grain
High amounts of calcium
But, this supplement has little of B vitamins, low amounts of phosphorous and hardly any beta-carotene. But it still makes for a healthy feed in terms of fiber, especially when mixed with the usual horse feed. Check out as well: Horse Care Basics.
The food you give your equine friend needs to be nutritious. What you want to give your horse is key for a healthy future so check out also this post with five healthy foods that you can easily feed the horse without any problems.
When should you give your horse beet pulp feed?
- When you need your horse to gain weight – hard keepers.
- If your horse has dental issues that make it difficult for him to chew through great amounts of hay. This is also good for eye protection.
- If your horse is geriatric and has trouble digesting his regular feed.
- When your horse is recovering from ailments or surgery, the additional nutrition boost from beet pup is always helpful.
And it is even better if you balance out the entire nutrition intake for your horse with hay/grains and beet pulp – he gets the best possible feed and your aims to get him to grow healthier works well. Read also this post: The ABCs of How To Take Care Of Your Horse.
But in case you are worrying…
Is beet pulp intake safe?
As long as you do not allow your horse too much beet pulp at a single go, he will not have any problems. But too much exposure to beet pulp can induce colic pains in your horse. Be also aware that if your horse is healthy, it may be very beneficial for students who use horse riding for better health, both physically and mentally.
It may be obvious that there are several benefits to horse riding. It is good for developing strong core and legs though many scientists additionally agree that less-obvious benefits are also plentiful such as increased self-confidence and better introspection.
However, if you use beet pulp, always remember to use freshly soaked beet pulp extracts. If left for a long time, the extract can ferment and have a different flavor – and it could be toxic for your pet.
Just keep in mind that feeding your horse supplements should always be a matter of serious consideration. You want to make sure that your beloved horse will grow strong and healthy, don’t you? So before administering any supplements, you always should first consider if your horse really needs any supplements. In doubt, always consult a vet as you definitely just want to administer supplements that your horse needs, don’t you?
Hope this answers all your queries on beet pulp for horses.