Why does beet pulp get such a bad rap?

Every couple of years, I see another article that expounds on the toxicity of beet pulp. If you believe these claims, I can’t blame you for steering clear of beet pulp, because the articles make it sound like you might as well just feed your horses a diet of pesticides and poisonous chemicals. However, if […]

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Feeding for winter.

On Friday I wrote about the importance of hydration, especially in the winter. It got me thinking about the changes I’ve been making to my horse’s feeding regime. This is the first winter when I haven’t had my horse in a bank barn. One of the real advantages to that barn was that it stayed […]

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More debate on beet pulp — is it toxic?

I like it when people comment on my posts. Sometimes they agree; others have challenged what I’ve found and caused me to do more research. A question from a reader prompted me to look into whether feeding whole flax seed was indeed a good idea and resulted in, Update on Feeding Flax Seed. So, when […]

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Beet Pulp Fact and Fiction

I’ve written about beet pulp in the past as a forage alternative in the past, but there are so many misconceptions about this type of feed that I feel it deserves its own post. Beet pulp is the fiber that remains when sugar is extracted from beets. It is high in fermentable fiber and is […]

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As Hay Prices Soar Forage Alternatives Become more Compelling

For the first time in seven years my hay supplier is flat out. It’s a problem here in New England. It will be several months before the first cutting is in and my horses, at least, don’t have enough grass to sustain them. The good news is that hay is available, but the price is […]

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