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brightstar

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brightstar says:

What does Sugarbeat do?

Please can someone tell me what sugar beat does and when it needs to  be fed xx

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kirstyndshaky

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Re: What does Sugarbeat do?

i feed speedi beet (fast soaking sugar beet) in the winter to keep the weight on, goes in your normal feed, but if your feeding sugar beet it needs to be soaked for 24 hours b4 u use it, not like speedi beet where its ready in 10 minutes (for those of us who are unorganised!!)

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marybee

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marybee says:

Re: What does Sugarbeat do?

hiya -  sugar beet doesn't actually contain as much sugar as ppl think lol; during processing it is boiled and the sugar extracted but molasses is usually added to make it more tastier; speedi-beet doesnt get any molases added so that's why it  contains less calories and up to 95% sugar free. calorie contents arent that much; roughly the same/just more than hay, so yes it does help weight consistency, but is great if you don't want your hore to gain too much weight, especially if a good-doer. it does need to be soaked before use. there is also an alfa-beet which is great; little goes a heck of a long way, and it has the cross between beet and alfalfa. kirst x

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Philly29

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Philly29 says:

Re: What does Sugarbeat do?

I am thinking of feeding philly speedibeat, but am unsure of its uses is it just a way to keep weight on or does it have a specific benefit??

Horses are like chocolates; you can't just have the one!

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marybee

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marybee says:

Re: What does Sugarbeat do?

speedibeet, time wise, is easier to soak due to the flakes exposing a larger surface area than the pellets, so usually 20mins and it's ready to use, but i still like to err on the side of caution and give at least an hour. sugarbeet, during its press, will have alot of sugar extracted, so can be quite bland; molasses is then added to add a bit more flavour, which can then act as a calorie supplier. the speedi beet lacks molasses so is great for helping the weight stay constant (obviously depending on other diet variables).  it is great for horses prone to laminitis, arthrits, navicular etc that need to have their weight watched.

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kirstyndshaky

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Re: What does Sugarbeat do?

speedi beet is ready in 10 mins, i only leave it that and ive never had any problems in the 2 years ive fed it!apart from the 1st night i got him when i did it with hot water to make it cook quicker, i had a typical blonde moment and used boiling water, and had 2 wait an hour for it to cool down to feed him!!u learn the hard way!!!

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