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Re: beet pulp

Hi Cheryl

I can understand your feeling but it seems unreasonable to attribute the
behaviour of one horse to the beet pulp.  As you say there is actually very
little sugar left in beet pulp as it is a by-product of the sugar production
industry.  I guess this is why in UK beet pulp is often molassed.

I would try again and monitor the behaviour of ALL your horses closely.

I've fed beet pulp on and off for nearly 25 years and have never had a

SW France

----- Original Message -----
From: "shelton" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2000 7:00 AM
Subject: RC: beet pulp

> Several winters ago I fed my horses pelleted beet pulp. They loved it and
> didn't have any problems. The next year since they had enjoyed it so much,
> always ate it first, I decided to feed beet pulp again. I'd been feeding
> for about a week, when I wanted to go have their teeth floated. Got one
> horse in the trailer, he got very excited, jumping around trying to rear,
> basically freaked out as soon as I closed the partition. After 1/2 hour he
> came out of the trailer totally drenched with sweat. I never gave them
> pulp again. He'd never acted like that before or since. At the time I
> thought it was the sugar in the beet pulp, but now I know there's little
> sugar left in it.
> What could have caused him to act like this, could it have been the beet
> pulp or just a coincidence? I've always wondered if when proccessed it
> have been contaminated with some of the stuff they put in cow feed that is
> deadly for horses. Could that have caused this behavior? I want to start
> feeding beet pulp again in anticipation of doing my first distance ride
> year but have to say I'm a bit nervous.
> Any advice? Are there brands/packagers of beet pulp that are recommended?
> I'm in Idaho.
> Cheryl
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