Feeding Beet – A Great Feed for both Winter & Summer
There is no doubt summer is here and it is a busy time for owners and their horses as they make the most of the long evenings and enjoy weekends away.
It is always important that horses stay well hydrated and during the very warm weather it may be difficult, especially for horses that are away a lot and therefore may not drink as well as usual.
There are a number of ways that owners can increase moisture intake for their horses in conjunction with feeding. Soaking hay will assist as well as the use of ‘beets’ in the ration.
The Dunstan Beets are a great way to provide both fibre and water, two very important elements in all equine diets and components that may be lacking if horses are away a lot, boxed or yarded. Sugarbeet is a super fibre and therefore has a higher calorie level than traditional fibre sources - so great for achieving weight gains while assisting to maintain digestive health.
The Dunstan Beets are soaked prior to feeding - 10mins for the Dunstan Betabeet non-molassed flakes and 30mins for the Dunstan Sugarbeet Flakes. The fact that the Dunstan beet flakes are soaked provides an opportunity to assist your horse with hydration- increased water can be included if desired - especially helpful when horses are not drinking as freely as you would like from their water buckets.
Which Dunstan Beet for My Horse?
For horse owners who wish to avoid any additional molasses in the ration, and are looking for a super ‘cool’ calorie source, Dunstan Betabeet Flakes provide a non-molassed, non-heating, rapid soaking beet flake - ideal for inclusion in rations for horses susceptible to laminitis or those that are sugar sensitive.
Alternatively, for the very fussy eater or those requiring more calories per kg from their beet, Dunstan Sugarbeet Flakes provide the ideal solution. With the added molasses in Dunstan Sugarbeet Flakes this product is highly palatable and, with an increased calorie contribution, is more fattening.