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Re: Is this a job for beet pulp?

The short answer is yes, adding some beet pulp, with or without some added
oil for more calories, would be a good way to go.  Since it appears that the
quality of the "pasture" is pretty poor, a small amount of alfalfa to help
stoke the furnace during the winter wouldn't be out of lne either.  Maybe
you can find some chopped forage that has some alfalfa content.

susan g
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Subject: RC: Is this a job for beet pulp?

> Amanda Perez
> Sorry to post as guest - but I can't seem to register on-line
> using the registration form (or it needs more time to take effect?)
> I am field-baording my newly acquired horse a a nearby farm.
> My horse and four mares are sharing a 10 acre field snd run-in
> shed (two other geldings share a separate field).  I get free
> board in exchange for doing the AM feeding (one elderly gelding
> gets Sr feed).  Here is my problem: the other horses are all
> either retired or rarely ridden, and do well on the pasture
> alone. Because of this, the farm does not feed any hay unless
> the grass is under heavy snow-cover.  However I am riding at
> least 6 hours on the weekends and hope to sneak a couple of
> rides in during the week, and I think my horse, Cy needs more
> forage than the grazing provides - I have walked the field and
> it is chewed down pretty thin except for weedy patches. He also
> seems to have lost some weight since he's been there, and since
> he's out in the weather I'd like a little more weight on him
> for warmth. The person I bought Cy from had been feeding him 3 -
>  4 lbs of 14% sweet feed daily.  I think this is too much
> protein, as he is very spirited and 'hot'.  I switched him to
> 10% sweet feed and tapered him down to about a pound per day,
> once in the AM. I have also started adding in some bagged
> chopped grass forage (no alfalfa), mixed in with the grain and
> dampened to keep the dust down.  Cy does not seem crazy for the
> forage, and only eats what is well-laced with the sweet-feed,
> so there is a limit to how much forage I can get into him
> without upping the sweet feed. I feed on my way to work, so I
> need to feed something that can be consumed in a reasonable
> amount of time so he can be turned back out before I go (which
> is why hay is not the answer).  I am thinking of adding some
> soaked shredded beet pulp to the grain/chopped forage mix to
> make it more palatable and add some calories.  I am thinking of
> building up to equal parts sweet feed, chopped forage and beet-
> pulp.  I am also thinking of replacing the sweet-feed with
> something with less molasses to lesson the 'rocket fuel'
> effect.  I guess I could throw a bit of corn-oil in too, though
> I'd like to keep the morning feeding routine a simple as
> possible.  Does this seem to be a reasonable approach?  Any
> suggestions, other than to find a new boarding situation...
> I'll bring him home as soon as I can afford to put up the
> fencing and run-in shed, but that won't happen before next
> summer unless I win the lottery! ;-).
>   P.S. ... I understand from reading the archives that there are additives
in some forms of beet-pulp intended for cattle that are unfit for horses: if
anyone knows what these are, I;d appreciatte a list.
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> Thanks,
> Amanda
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