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Soaking Beet Pulp
If a person is worried about freezing the beet pulp mixture,
then there is a very good reason to *not* feed it dry or
even barely wet.
During winter, horses tend to drink much less water. This
is particularly true if the water tank holds cold water.
So, the horse starts out a bit on the dehydrated side.
If you add dry or not soaked beet pulp, then you could
cause more problems. On the other hand, if you can keep
the beet pulp hot, the horse will slup up the hot mash
and feel much better.
I don't feed beet pulp, but I do feed a hot mash to my older
mare all winter long. During winter she tends to colic easily
due to not drinking enough. I have to heat my water tank,
but even then, when the weather changes for the worse, she'd
rather stand in her stall than go out to drink. So, a hot
mash (a gallon of hot water, 1 pound Eq. Senior, 1 pound mixed
grain, and occassionally 1 cup bran) gets that gallon of
water in her tummy, and makes her feel better.
The boys only get a mash if the temp drops really low - 20
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