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Vets vs Beet Pulp


Kandace Krause
 

ATTN Dr.Kellon
I am directing this question to you as I have run into a seeming brickwall.
My mare, "K" has been in clinic for 12 days now.  We are hoping that tomorrow the clinic owner, who is their specialist in Podiatry can get the contrast in for venograms.  My vet has not been able to.
Since "K" has been there, she has had only my supplied safe hay and offered Mad Barn Amino Plus balancer.  Nothing else.  Their salt was the red coloured mineral type so I declined a block of it in her stall.  The mare has refused to eat the minerals on their own.  I spoke to my vet this morning, on his day off work, and we agreed that the length of stay was concerning over the lack of minerals she was getting and I said I would drive in some beet pulp, prepared (RSR) for them to add to her mineral feed.  I discovered, unknown to me they have added a bucket of electrolyte treated water to her stall as they are concerned with what she has been drinking.  First I had heard of it.
When I got there, the barn manager had just received a essage from my vet that "K" could not have the beet pulp.  When I had asked about a week ago another vet mentioned choke as the reason they don't feed it.
Can you please tell me why vets are so afraid of beet pulp and choke?  I asked a social media question of my Endurance Assoc. and Three people responded that they knew a horse who had choked on prepared beet pulp.  One had a throat constriction, one was a food bolter, and one admitted that BP had not been fully soaked at feeding time.
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Kandace K Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Oct 2
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Eleanor Kellon, VMD
 

I don't know why they are so set against beet pulp, unless it's because they had an experience with a horse choking on beet pulp. Horses can, and do, choke on just about anything. To put it another way, we have over two decades experience of recommending BP for  thousands of horses, many of them seniors so more prone to choke, and I can't recall a single problem.
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Eleanor in PA

www.drkellon.com 
EC Owner 2001


Bobbie Day
 

I have a really good friend that I get my hay from that looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned BP.
I sent her all your articles Dr. K, she finally relented she told me her vet told her it would cause a choke problem. I have fed BP for as long as I can remember and never had a problem. For me it helps with a multitude of things.


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Bobbie and Desi
NRC Plus March 2020
Utah, Nov 2018

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Starshine Ranch
 

Hi Bobbie,
I've never fed beet pulp.  What are some of the things it helps with, please?
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Linda  CA  in 2020


Tamara Gonsor
 

Right now beet pulp is the ONLY thing that my horse will eat right now for giving supplements. How much can we give not to stray too far from our balancing? 

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Tamara G. in Arizona 2020
Case History: https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Tamara%20and%20Malik
Malik Photos: https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/album?id=252564


Kirsten Rasmussen
 

Linda, 
See this article on beet pulp:
https://drkhorsesense.wordpress.com/2020/07/30/beet-pulp-in-equine-nutrition/

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Kirsten and Shaku (IR) - 2019
Kitimat, BC, Canada
ECIR Group Moderator
 
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Hi Tamara,
I know that there is a point at which it begins to matter but most people don’t exceed that amount with what it generally takes to feed supplements.  If you are trying to increase his weight with beet pulp, which is high calorie, you should investigate that more closely.  I searched the messages for ‘beet balancing’ and, although lots came up, I could not find the answer to your question.  You could try some searches on your own.  It’s the high calcium which affects the balance.  Here’s a link to searching tips which appears in the Wiki.
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Martha in Vermont
ECIR Group Primary Response
July 2012 
 
Logo (dec. 7/20/19), Tobit(EC) and Pumpkin, Handy and Silver (EC/IR)

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Eleanor Kellon, VMD
 

It's going to depend on the Ca:P:Mg ratio in the hay but as a general rule up to 1 lb/day shouldn't be a problem. That's dry weight and will soak up into a very large amount.
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Eleanor in PA

www.drkellon.com 
EC Owner 2001


Tamara Gonsor
 


Tamara Gonsor
 

Linda thanks for the article, I hadn't seen that yet. 
Martha thank you for your info. I have learned my lesson here to always do my research (search bar) before commenting :). However, as you mentioned it doesn't always come up with what I am looking for.
Dr. K thank you for the "general rule". This is all very helpful!

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Tamara G. in Arizona 2020
Case History: https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Tamara%20and%20Malik
Malik Photos: https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/album?id=252564


Tamara Gonsor
 

Sorry Kirsten not Linda 

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Tamara G. in Arizona 2020
Case History: https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Tamara%20and%20Malik
Malik Photos: https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/album?id=252564