Rinsing Beet pulp
|December 4, 2009||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
In which my younger sister realizes I have passed all bounds of “normal” when it comes to horses.
The conversation went like this (approximately):
Loreleigh: I’ve decided I don’t want crap for Christmas this year and I finally figured out that people just didn’t know what to get me
Loreleigh: So I’m sending out a Christmas List.
Me: My, aren’t we greedy this year?
Loreleigh: So what do YOU want for Christmas
Me: Ummm… (In truth I don’t even have a list. I think I’ve even convinced my beloved Matt not to get me anything)
Loreleigh: If you don’t get me a list I will give you something like a useless trinket or figurine.
Me: I know! I need one of those dollar store wire waste baskets!!!!
Me: For soaking beet bulp and rinsing it.
Loreleigh: *more silence and quite possibly the blinking sound you hear from cartoons*
Loreleigh: You are way more obsessed with horses than I ever gave you credit for.
Considering this is coming from another horse person (and one who reads my blog), I am considering this a high compliment.
Things that I once considered when I first started endurance, as “too much”, I am now embracing whole-heartedly. Barefoot, boots etc. About 8-12 months ago (and ongoing) after reading Karen’s posts about sugar I re-evaluated Farley’s diet to make sure I didn’t have any un-needed sugars. She’s never shown any indication that she’s sensitive to the sugar, but better safe than to have a insulin resistant, lamanitic horse right?
Two things I did NOT do was rinse my beet pulp and test my hay – that was just too much. Last night I got to thinking that it was time to start rinsing. Testing my hay is impratical because of boarding and how they buy their grass hay (in small quantities). But I can control her beet pulp and other supplemental feeds. I’m doing so much to insure her health and well-being, I may as well take one more little step. So I’m adding “rinsing beet pulp” to the growing list of things I thought I would never do.
Remember Karen – being copied is the highest form of flattery!
And if you haven’t checked out Karen’s website, here it is. The last couple of days I’ve referenced it often, because it’s my first resource for endurance related questions. She has years and miles and experience, and even if you don’t agree or don’t want the “bother” of doing all the *little* things, her protocols are great to stick in the back of your mind and come back to and mull over. There are many many things I do now, that I didn’t used to, because I read it on her blog, thought it over for 6 months, and decided that yes, it was a good idea.