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Beet Pulp for an easy keeper?

Dr. Getty,

One of the horses I have is a 19 yr old mare that tends to carry all her weight in her gut (she's Andalusian/Welsh Pony mix) and is a very easy keeper. Right now she's on free choice alfalfa and started her on the Reitsport HA-100 Complete w/soaked beet pulp (only 1/2 cup right now). We will be switching to grass/alfalfa hay mix next week - the straight alfalfa was a bad choice per recommendation of someone else. My question is whether the beet pulp is good for her? I happen to be feeding my pony, who is overweight, the WellSolve Weight Control feed - should I give this to my horse instead of the beet pulp?

Where are you from? Colorado

Re: Beet Pulp for an easy keeper?

Hi Christy,

Beet pulp is an excellent choice for an overweight horse because it does not raise blood insulin levels. You only want to feed a small amount, simply to act as a carrier for her supplements.

You could go with a commercial feed such as Purina Wellsolve, but it's not necessary. You're not feeding it according to directions for added calories, just as a supplement carrier, so why pay for the fortification of other vitamins and minerals? You're already feeding Reitsport HA-100 Complete, so beet pulp is the answer.

Glad you're no longer feeding 100% alfalfa.

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO