DIY: Beet pulp soak & rinse buckets
Most horse people are aware that soaking beet pulp before feeding is important to reduce the chances of choke. I also make sure to rinse my beet pulp a couple times to reduce the sugar content, since I feed a low starch diet and have a couple easy keepers who are sensitive to excess sugars. Ideally, I try to buy beet pulp without added molasses, but sometimes it is impossible to find locally. I still rinse the molasses free variety, but I REALLY extra rinse any that does have added molasses. I made a soaking bucket system with strainer to make the process much easier.
I used two matching buckets that nest well. In this case, it was used supplement buckets from a friend.
Use a small drill bit to put lots of little holes in the bottom of one bucket. I also drilled a few holes near the bottom on each side. This helps it drain more efficiently if you set the bucket down.
My process is to put the bucket with holes on top of the normal bucket, then add beet pulp and/or alfalfa cubes, then fill with water to soak. After it is done soaking, remove the top bucket with holes and allow to drain. Sometimes it helps if you spin/twist it back and forth quickly to expedite the drainage, especially if using alfalfa cubes. Then replace the bucket into the other and refill with water. I repeat this about 3 times. Alternately, if you have a hose handy, just run water over the beet pulp in just the holey bucket and allow it to continuously drain, occasionally agitating the contents to get even rinsing.