Frequently Asked Questions
What is 10 Minute Beet®?
10 Minute Beet is an unmolassed sugar beet feed that has been micronized. It is a high fibre, low sugar and low starch feed with a balanced ratio of calcium and phosphorus for horses. The fibre it contains is highly digestible and it acts as a natural probiotic in the horse’s gut.
Why should I feed 10 Minute Beet®?
10 Minute Beet is a convenient and safe feed with an excellent nutrient profile for horses. It contains highly digestible fibre which gives the horse a natural slow release of energy throughout the digestive process. It is low in both sugar and starch. It’s palatable and aids rehydration due to the water is absorbs whilst being soaked. Furthermore, 10 Minute Beet has a natural probiotic effect in the gut and aids the digestion of hay in the diet.
How does 10 Minute Beet® soak so quickly compared to regular sugar beet nuts?
The micronization process of 10 Minute Beet Flakes breaks up the fibre in the flake and allows it to soak up water much more quickly than when it is in the form of a nut.
Can I feed just 10 Minute Beet® to my horse instead of his usual scoopful of nuts per day?
Yes, but replace the weight with dry weight of 10 Minute Beet (before soaking) and then add a multi vitamin and mineral supplement to balance the diet.
Can I feed 10 Minute Beet® with my regular coarse mix without unbalancing my horse’s diet?
Yes, the nutrient profile of 10 Minute Beet is such that it can be added to any diet without unbalancing it.
Can I soak 10 Minute Beet® in more water than the instructions?
Yes you can and some horses prefer a wetter feed than others, plus including more water will help increase your horse’s fluid intake, which is very useful for working horses
Can I soak 10 Minute Beet® for longer, so for example can I make up a few days at a time?
No, only make up enough 10 Minute Beet for the next feed, in order to keep it fresh and palatable.
What is the sugar content of 10 Minute Beet®?
The sugar content of 10 Minute Beet is 6%, which means it contains just 60 g of sugar per kilo.
Can I feed 10 Minute Beet® all year round?
Yes, 10 Minute Beet is suitable for year-round feeding, whether your horse is stabled for part of the day or night, or kept outdoors at pasture 24/7. Only make up enough for each day during hot summer days to keep the soaked Beet fresh.
Why is 10 Minute Beet® more versatile than normal sugar beet?
Regular sugar beet is molassed and contains up to 30% sugar (about a third of the feed is sugar), whereas 10 Minute Beet contains about 6% sugar because it is unmolassed. This low sugar content means that 10 Minute Beet can be fed to horses that need a low-sugar diet and it also means it can be fed in much larger quantities than molassed sugar beet without causing a blood sugar surge.
Is 10 Minute Beet® safe to feed to my fizzy horse?
Yes, because 10 Minute Beet is low in both starch and sugar and the energy it supplies is relatively slow release. It will not cause fizziness or excess exuberance even at the maximum levels.
Can I use 10 Minute Beet® as a once-weekly mash?
You should not feed anything to your horse once weekly because this could disturb the gut microflora balance, which is essential to your horse’s health. If you wish to feed a once-weekly mash of 10 Minute Beet, feed a small amount daily and then use the larger amount as your mash (but ideally do not change the amount by more than double the normal daily amount).
Is 10 Minute Beet® safe for horses with metabolic problems like equine metabolic syndrome (EMS)?
Yes, as part of a carefully balanced diet. 10 Minute Beet is a fibre-rich, low sugar feed which is useful for horses who need a low-sugar diet. Be sure to feed with appropriate low-WSC (low sugar and fructan) forage for a horse with EMS.
Can I feed 10 Minute Beet® to my laminitic?
Yes, as part of a correctly balanced diet. 10 Minute Beet is a fibre-rich, low sugar feed which is useful for horses who need a low-sugar diet. Be sure to feed with appropriate low-WSC (low sugar and fructan) forage and ensure your laminitic is maintained at a healthy, slim body condition.
If 10 Minute Beet® is moderately high in energy, how is it safe for a good doer or laminitic?
10 Minute Beet is very bulky after soaking, and because it is soaked in 5 parts cold water, the soaked feed is very low in energy, sugar and starch per scoop (since most of the scoop volume is water). The key factor is the amount you feed. For good doers, laminitics, horses with EMS and those on a diet, feed just a mugful or so dry, before soaking, which adds very few calories. For horses with higher requirements, feed up to 2.5 kg dry before soaking (for a 500 kg horse – adjust for bodyweight).
Is 10 Minute Beet® suitable for my working barefoot horse who needs plenty of energy but a low sugar and low starch diet?
Yes, 10 Minute Beet is ideal for barefoot horses because it supplies good levels of energy (when fed at higher rates daily) whilst minimizing sugar and starch intake.
Can I feed 10 Minute Beet® to my breeding stock?
Yes, 10 Minute Beet is an ideal source of energy for broodmares, growing youngstock and stallions with elevated energy requirements. Be sure to feed with good quality forage, and if grass is limited, with a source of good quality protein. 10 Minute Beet’s low sugar and starch content means it’s ideal to feed in moderate to high quantities for growing youngsters with high energy requirements. High starch intake in young growing horses has been associated with a higher risk of developmental orthopaedic diseases including OCD.
Can I feed 10 Minute Beet® to my veteran horse?
Yes, the fibrous nature and easily chewed texture of 10 Minute Beet means it can be used as partial hay replacer for older horses. Feed with 3 parts unmolassed chaff or other ground-fibre hay replacing feed. Introduce and increase up the amounts gradually. Feed a maximum of 2.5 kg per day (dry weight before soaking) to a 500 kg horse (adjust for bodyweight).
My horse ties up and needs to have a low starch diet. Can I feed 10 Minute Beet® to him?
Yes, 10 Minute Beet is a low-starch and sugar feed and it is safe for horses who are prone to tying up. Feed it with a balanced diet ensuring starch is avoided, vitamin E and selenium intake are high, and the diet contains plenty of minerals including electrolyte salts.
My horse has a sensitive gut and I have to be careful what I feed him. Will 10 Minute Beet® be a suitable feed for him?
10 Minute Beet contains natural probiotic fibre which boosts the beneficial gut microbes and helps maintain good stomach and digestive tract health. In addition it supplies low levels of starch and sugar and high levels of fibre. Do make all dietary changes gradually.
Can I feed 10 Minute Beet® to my horse on box rest?
Yes, as part of a correctly balanced diet. The water that 10 Minute Beet takes up during soaking means it is ideal for horses on box rest who don’t have access to grass, which contains plenty of water. Horses stabled 24/7 are at higher risk of colic than those with turnout, partly due to their dry diet. Do add a vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure a balanced diet if you aren’t feeding any other micronutrient-fortified feed, and offer a salt lick.