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Re: [RC] Glycemic index of horse grains - Truman Prevatt

How much water will a quart (dry) of beet pulp hold before it becomes saturated? Has anyone calculated the numbers? How does this compare to soaked hay? Would it be more than a few gulps at the trough? Horses suck up large amounts of water at one time. Hay will also keep the gut moving as will the bagged hay products on the market - but according to this study hays have a 20 to 50 times greater impact on the glucose levels. Would hay not be a better choice than beet pulp?

Most the time at least in the SE the horse sees the vet after he passes pulse which is as soon as he gets in and before he eats so the gut sounds are more related to the trail he has just traversed rather than what he ate at the check.

When I get in the first thing my horse does is drink (and normally drink and drink). Next we pulse down, and get through the check. He next eats from the grain (XTN and carrots), alfalfa and hay set in front of him or grass if there is some around. There is a bucket of water there so he can take a suck if he gets the urge. He normally eats the grain and if there is grass around goes and grazes. If there is no grass, he'll eat some hay, some alfalfa, some hay, etc. The best of all possible conditions is the check is in a field of nice green grass. In those conditions he sometimes doesn't eat all his grain before he goes to eat the grass - which is fine by me. In a hold I don't see anything there I would rather him replace with beet pulp. What this study seems to indicate - as a food the nutrient balance in beet pulp is poor when glucose is considered. As a fiber it is no better than grass or hay in fact it probably isn't as good since it is not long fiber.

Beet pulp has it's place in a balanced feed, XTN for example to balance the starches with fiber and fat to deliver a energy without spiking glucose levels. Given the horse is only going to eat so much at a check why do I want him to replace anything in his diet listed above with beet pulp?

I guess there are really more questions than answers.


Sisu West Ranch wrote:
I don't think those advocating the use of beet pulp on rides have been worrying about providing sugar during a ride. To my way of thinking it seems like a palatable way to get water and fiber into the horse so his gut sounds stay high. A horse with a noisy gut produces a happy vet and you get to go on.

Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875

(406) 642-9640



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