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suggestion of feed: adding fiber and H20

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  • suggestion of feed: adding fiber and H20

    What feed would you give for the following situation:

    The horses already are getting a diet consisting of both hay and ultium. However, the horses are not getting as much hay as i would like. The climate out here is very dry and cold and thus some horses tend not to drink enough.

    I want to add something with fiber and something with water that can be soaked to get some extra H20 in their systems...

    so, would you recommend adding:
    soaked beet pulp?
    soaked hay pellets?
    what are your suggestions?

  • #2
    Water can be added to pretty much any fiber....as long as the horses are willing to eat it. The list of alternative fibers is long and your location will determine what is most cost effective. Salt is always a smart addition to encourage H2O intake.

    My seniors (well all but my new retiree) love my senior crockpot delight. Which I make very sloppy and pour over fiber pellets.


    • #3
      I feed soaked beet pulp. But I did feed soaked alfalfa cubes this summer so I could take the horses on a camping trip and was required to feed certified weed free feeds. The cubes soak up TONS of water and have longer stemmed fiber.


      • Original Poster

        would cubed hay (timothy or alfalfa) provide more fiber then beet pulp?

        how long do the cubes need to soak?


        • #5
          It is my understanding that beet pulp can replace up to 50% of forage. The rest of the forage should consist of fiber that is 1" or longer. The cubes can be fed as 100% of the forage if need be. I know of people that feed them dry. I would not for fear of choke as the cubes are quite large and hard. The only down side is they do take a long time to fully soak, about 12 hours in cold water was my experience.


          • #6
            Cubed hay would be higher fiber. The cubes I used to use took 45 mins or so the soften.


            • #7
              Alfalfa cubes are probably a great choice, or beet pulp. My horses have always liked both, but probably prefer the alfalfa.
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              • #8
                Hay cubes soften pretty quickly in hot water. I used to dump 7 litres of hot, not boiling, water on 2-3 quarts of dry cubes, stir and let it sit for 10 min. Then I'd dumped more hot water over it again to get the cubes that hadn't soften or soaked yet. After that, it was pretty much just letting it cool enough for the horse to eat. I'd put some cold water or ice cubes in it to help speed the process.

                I really liked giving the warm mash, especially when the nights got cold. I measured out how much water i was giving and it was around 14-15 litres in one mash! I'd like to do that in the winter but he's on a round bale and will probably explode if i give him a bucket of hay cubes just for water intake!


                • #9
                  I am doing a combo for my mare who lost some weight this summer due to a miscommunication. I actually get the bagged alfalfa forage, fill a large bucket about 2/3rds full which is approximately 4 lbs of forage. I then put dry beet pulp to make up the other 1/3 in a seperate bucket, add water so that is is over the top of the beet pulp(really soupy) and then dump it on the forage. My mare is loving it.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rapazzini09 View Post
                    would cubed hay (timothy or alfalfa) provide more fiber then beet pulp?

                    how long do the cubes need to soak?
                    The cubed hay provides a longer stemmed fiber, similar to hay. If you have access to hot water they don't need to soak anymore than ten minutes or so. You can FLOOD the cubes with water and they will soak it all up--much better than beet pulp.
                    Originally posted by EquineImagined
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                    • #11
                      Just commented on another thread about basically the same thing, but here's the article I just read today. It just confirms the reason I love the beet pulp although I use both BP & alfalfa cubes on some of my harder keepers. If I use both, I add the BP to the cubes and soak both, but not for more than like 15mins and that's it.

                      "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority." Rick Warren


                      • #12
                        I've used soaked beet pulp, and have also just added water to whatever grain my horse is getting. I just soak it in warm water until its slightly mushy.


                        • #13
                          After my mare coliced for the first time ever in her 16 yrs due to not drinking enough one night when the weather changed 15 degrees over night, I wanted a way to add in more water and also increase fiber esp heading into winter.

                          What I started doing was giving them a lunch of soaked BP and T/A cubes. I put two small double handfuls of cubes into a bucket and then put Id say 3-4 cups of BP (I have a plastic cup from my GMO that I use so not sure the exact amount). Anyways, when breakfast is fed, the BP and cubes are soaked and then fed around 12-1pm. Even in the dead heat of the summer in Florida, that soaking for 5-6 hrs does not cause it to spoil. Now they dont have to soak this long but I do this just to make it easier to feed a lunch. In the winter, I like to pour out the excess water and then pour in warm water to give them a warm lunch.

                          Ever since adding this to my horses diet they look even more amazing. Just filled out enough and their coat condition is just lovely. I also know they are getting plunty of water though they both drink great.

                          I dont think you can go wrong with doing both cubes and BP. I add in the cubes as my mare likes BP enough but not crazy about it by itself so the cubes add some flavor.

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