>>Subject: Beet Pulp
>>Date: 11 Jan 1995 13:18:13 GMT
>>Beet pulp is one of those strange feed materials with
>>potential for highly different effects on the horse.
>>Fed soaked, as is usually desireable, it keeps the
>>manure soft and even loose. Fed dry - and only in
>>small amounts that way, a quart or so - it is a
>>wonderful low voltage filler and will actually
>>dry up the manure. Bran is the same way.
>From what I've heard, you must be VERY careful when feeding beet pulp dry,
>actually most people won't do it, unless you need to take moisture out of
>the horse and I can't think of a situation in which you would want to do
>this. Feeding it dry will take needed moisture out of the horse's intestine
>and thus be more prone to colic!
>So I say don't do it!
You gotta be terrorized of any foodstuff if the animal is a
compulsive, gulpy eater. If the horse gets freechoice
water and hay there will be a diminished liklihood
of any kind of gorging occurring, or being processed
inadequately. If you cut back too far, they'll eat
toxic plants and even buildings. I like the generous
attitude they get when they know everything is
always there for them.
Notice I said it is about a quart amount. That is
the maximum volume of most of the glossy, big &
muscly horsepets here for the DAILY TOTAL of
all grain rations.
>>GRATUITOUS FLAMEBAIT ADDENDUM:
>>Sweet feed is shit. It's the worthless dusty
>Natural, plain old oats are best (exception - broodmares,foals,stallions)
Thanks, yes! I buy racehorse oats and miscellaneous pure plant products
and grow as much hay as possible while keeping maximal pasture space.
>A vet told me that anything that is processed loses its vitamins so a horse
>on sweet feed can look good on the outside but really be unfit and have
>decreased stamina - okay they may go all right, but they may go even better
>on plain oats.
Plus anything grown on DEFICIENT SOILS is nutrient deficient.
Bad agricultural techniques are behind a big part of the health
care crisis here in the us.
So eat your broccoli, but grow your own, cuz the economics
of agribusiness doesn't let them give a damn about the
quality of your life.
- Geek on WARP
" ... one more sun comes sliding down the sky ... "