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    Default Beet pulp - how much?

    I've been feeding beet pulp to my hard keepers all winter. It dawned on me last night that the amount I feed may not be enough to make a difference. I soak 3 3qt scoops for 5 horses.Each ends up getting a huge 3qt scoop of wet stuff mixed with their 3 pounds SafeChoice. Is this enough beet pulp to help with weight gain/maintenance?
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    How much does a scoop weigh, dry weight? You can feed up to half the forage ration by weight without any problems, in fact, some horses with bad/no teeth eat beet pulp almost exclusively via senior rations. When you feed, you never consider the weight of the water added to the beet pulp - it doesn't factor in as far as caloric intake goes. One thing to remember, water consumption WILL go down as the amount of beet pulp goes up, particularly if your horses like it sloppy - they are eating water rather than drinking it. All in all, 3 quarts (trying to visualise this by looking at my one litre coffee cup) isn't much by vlume, much less by weight. You have to weigh the stuff dry and they could probably manage 5-6 pounds or more per feeding, I know mine get around 8 pounds a day each DRY weight and soaked, that about fills a 20 litre pail.
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    Wow. I had no idea! A scoop does not weight much at all. I will have to reevaluate my plan after reading this. Thanks for the input!
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