Horses require a high fibre and low starch diet, this is because a horse’s digestive system is designed to get its energy from fibre. A horses gut needs to stay full to remain healthy and stop it from twisting (causing colic) and fibre provides the necessary bulk to do this. Beet pulps are a good source of fibre and digestible energy for your horse.
Once the sugar is extracted from the beets, the remaining beet pulp becomes a beneficial food source for your horse or pony. Beet pulps can maintain and even encourage weight gain if needed, but are low in sugar and starches which can fizz some horses up, helping to maintain calmer behaviour. Unmolassed beets are high in fibre (structural carbohydrates) and make a suitable feed for even those prone to Laminitis or tying up.
You need to soak most beet pulps for anything from 24hrs to 10 mins hot soak; quick soaking beet flakes (check individual feeds for guidelines), this makes them a good way of getting water into your horse. They create a wet mash and can be a great feed for older horses or those who struggle to chew hard feeds too.