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mystery beet pulp
I think the difference you are seeing in your horse's attitude may be
due not feeding the commercial sweet feed. I have an arab mare that
is difficult to keep weight on in the winter. When I first purchased
her, nearly six years ago, she had been on a high grain ration, which
included sweet feed. Although turned out daily, she would stall walk
when inside, and was always on edge.....I likened it to how I used
feel when I drank too much coffee. The first fall when cold weather hit, she
started to drop weight rapidly. The facility where I boarded her at
that time refused to increase her hay (but did suggest I increase her
grain....grain was not included in the board fee). I knew that would
not help so I called my vet, who suggested beet pulp & oil. Her winter
weight has always been good since I started using the beet pulp.
Along the way, I discontinued the sweet feed (she now gets 2 cups oats
& 2 cups corn during the winter when she isn't being ridden) and her
attitude improved remarkably...very little stall walking (storms,
ect.) I have since read, in Equus, I think, and here on RideCamp,
that some horses react to the molasses in the sweet feed. Glad your
horses are doing well.
Hilary....who is fussy and refuses most treats other than apples &
carrots, but who is the only horse in the barn who will eat a real
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