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Stupid question about soaking/feeding beet pulp in a boarding barn

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  • Stupid question about soaking/feeding beet pulp in a boarding barn

    I have decided to take my two horses off grain and feed beet pulp with added fat and vit/min supps.

    The barn where I board just won't soak feed for boarders. I can get out every evening and do the evening feed myself so that's not a problem, but my question is... can i leave my "mix" to soak overnight for the a.m. feed? Is it safe even in hot/humid climate? Any other suggestions are welcome.


  • #2
    If it's shreds, it's not a big deal to do a quick soak. I'd just leave a gallon jug of water next to the bucket of shreds. They can dump it when they walk into the feed room. Then it'll quick soaked while they get all the other horse's feed scooped/ready. By the time they're done, it'll be soaked enough to grab and feed.

    However, if it is pellets, short soaks won't work. Those buggers are ROCKS.
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks for your answer. It is shredded bp. The problem is the barn won't do it that way!!! It's a very large barn (120+ horses) and they have a tractor w/trailer with large containers of feed and the hay preloaded. The guys drive the tractor around, toss hay and dump the number of scoops of feed that is listed on the outside of each stall, then dump supplements if they are outside the stall door. All supplements have to be outside the stall, ready to dump in the feed bins = no time for soaking.

      I understand the reason. There are just to many horses to cater to special requests, and doing it their way makes it idiot proof for the BO. But - difficult for me!


      • #4
        Totally understandable...with that many horses, etc.

        Unless he's in hard work and truly needs the calories, feeding once a day is fine. Then you can be the sole caretaker and know what's going in his mouth.

        If he needs it tho, then I'd go with "barn feed" for morning and beet pulp+ by you in the evening
        <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


        • #5
          My horse gets his beet and supplements once a day. Stuff is soaking now in my kitchen along with ground flax and a little rice bran. He gets fed his alfalfa cubes 4 times during the day. He gets no concentrate, none, he is allergic to corn, oats, barley and most grass hays. I feed him cubes because of consistency of quality. He has had issues with alfalfa that was cut late so we just don't even go there anymore.

          They do not need concentrates, if you are feeding a vit/mineral supplement geared toward the type of hay they eat or a ration balancer. Beet lies somewhere between forage and grain nutrition wise.

          How much and what kind of hay are they getting? Is it fed twice a day or multiple times a day? More smaller feedings are better, they usually clean up their hay. Are the horses out on pasture? Right now this is probably not a major component of their diet, depending on where you live it might be under snow.


          • Original Poster

            I was thinking a lite morning meal w/ barn feed and bp+ for lunch, and a bp+ for dinner as my second option. Or cutting out breakfast (except hay of course) and just doing lunch and dinner.

            The barn is very close, and I usuall go around 10 a.m. to ride/work the horses (yes they get worked 5 days a week), then I can do a light lunch before I leave, then go back at or around dinner time to feed a light dinner. That schedule would actually work out very well for me.

            Now that I think about it, I like the idea of three light meals a day, instead of 2 heavier meals.

            Thanks again! I think I have a plan now.


            • #7
              My barn puts BP pellets in a bucket (covered in water to soak) w/ lid at night for the AM feed, and in the AM for the PM feed. It hasn't smelled foul yet!
              "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse..." ~Revelation 19:11


              • #8
                Originally posted by happyfeet View Post
                can i leave my "mix" to soak overnight for the a.m. feed? Is it safe even in hot/humid climate?

                yes you can prepare your bucket, add water, and have it fed the next am. I do that daily, I soak my bp overnight for the next morning's feed.

                you do have to be careful come the hot and humid weather, as soaking bp will ferment/go sour in intense heat, but you can circumvent that by using a cooler (like icechest) and just putting the prepared buckets inside (you might want to investigate square pails for that).
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                • #9
                  My horses get BP twice daily. The morning ration soaks overnight in a heated bathroom, never had a problem. I don't like to feed that volume stone cold.


                  • #10
                    This is what I did when I fed beet pulp, which I stopped doing because I hate the stuff, but the boarding barn loved it.

                    Go to the store and get the biggest ziploc bags you can find. They make like a 3 gallon freezer bag.
                    Put your beet pulp, supps, whatever, and water etc as if you were going to soak it, close the bag up and lay flat. Make up a whole bunch of these and when they are done soaking for however long you want to soak them, put them in the freezer.

                    This way the barn staff can pull one out the night before or you can leave it out, and it will be thawed by morning and most likely won't go sour like bp can in a warm climate, and it's no hassle for the staff.

                    It's also very easy to take beet pulp with you off to shows
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                    • #11
                      Outstanding idea!!

                      Jaegermonster....you're brilliant!! I'll have to remember this for the next time I take Ms. Mare for a weekend outing.

                      And for the OP, I lived in Florida for a while and fed beetpulp to both of my horses. I would prepare it at night for the AM feed and in the morning for the PM feed. I used an empty supplement bucket with a lid, cold water and kept it in my feed room (which was well ventillated). I never had a problem with it going sour or fermenting. Just be sure you rinse the container before preparing the mixture for the next feeding.


                      • Original Poster

                        Jaegermonster, you are brilliant!

                        Thanks everyone... there are some good ideas here.


                        • #13
                          Why, thank you everyone

                          it really is very easy, you can stack a whole bunch of them in the barn freezer or even leave a cooler and they can just pull one out at one meal for the next so it can thaw.
                          And makes life so much easier at shows.
                          I'm in FL too and have had it start to get a little sour when you do the set up in the morning for dinner etc, so that was when I started the baggie thing and it worked great.
                          Glad y'all liked it.
                          "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin


                          • #14
                            I like the freezing idea! Cool! I have had beet pulp that was soaked overnight in the summer go bad and it's nasty stuff. I really just use it as a "treat" now and 20 min. of soaking in warm water is plenty. I would strongly agree with the others that if you are not feeding any grain at all you will need to add vitamins/minerals.
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