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[RC] Beet Pulp - Bruce Weary DC

I agree that beet pulp has some good fiber in it, and that can contribute to gut motility, but since it has virtually no influence on the blood glucose levels, it won't serve as a good enough energy source, by itself, to keep the horse excercising as efficiently as he can if he gets some significant carbs throughout the ride. The chart you shared show that the total NSC is very low at 12.3%. That figure basically tells the story as to what degree it will restore the horse's tolerance for work. Alfalfa, or oat or barley hay would provide more energy for the horse than beet pulp. Gut motility is important, yes, but the horse's food must contain ingredients for energy as well as gut motility. And, certainly grain, when fed throughout the ride will keep him going strong. Don't you consume carbohydrate rich foods/liquids when you're on a ride? Horses are mammals, too, and though their gut works differently, they basically function the same way at the muscular level. Marathon runners consume carbs for energy with a little protein to prevent catabolism, not fiber or fat. Dr Q


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