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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Beet pulp vs. Safe Choice?

Hello, Dr. Getty! Thank you for running this wonderful resource for us!

I have a 14 yo. TWH mare who foundered 2 years ago and is fine and working again. She gets free choice fescue RBs and 1 qt. of Nutrena Safe Choice as a mash per day just so supplements will stick. One supp. is Equi-Min which I feed as directed. My farrier has been complimenting me on Rose's consistent excellent weight for more than a year.

I also have a 9 yo. drafty Haffie mare who eats the same RB and gets 1 qt. of shredded beet pulp per day, soaked, to which her supplements are added Equi-Min is a major supp. She is in good weight *for her breed* (never see any ribs) now but was very obese when I bought her. I am trying hard to keep her from gaining again and don't want to deal with any more founders.

I am wondering if I should stay with the BP which has done well thus far, or if I should switch Cookie over to the Safe Choice to get more nutrition for the calories. Both horses are in light work usually, but in the summers I hardly ride due to the Southern heat.

I am interested in hearing whatever input you have to offer - thank you!


Where are you from? Charlotte, NC area

How did you locate this forum? referred by a friend from another board

Re: Beet pulp vs. Safe Choice?

Hi Wendy,

Thank you for writing. If the Equi-Min is a comprehensive multiple vitamin/mineral supplement, you would not need to switch from beet pulp to Safe Choice. You're currently feeding about 3 lbs of Safe Choice, which is providing some additional vitamins and minerals but it sounds like you are mainly relying upon the supplement to fill in the gaps. So, you can certainly go either way, but if you prefer to stay with the beet pulp, that would be fine.

All the best,

Dr. Getty