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Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

"Practice Makes Perfect"

Friday 15th October sees the running of the Ready to Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud; a showcase of potential which enables buyers to select their top picks at the sale to be held on Sunday 7 November, in Germiston.

Highlighting the value of the Ready to Run sale were the weekend graded wins of Pierre Jourdan and the filly Igugu, both graduates in the past two years. The stats will also tell you that the graduates of the Summerhill pastures are hardy and run more often for more stakes, keeping Summerhill at the head of the pack on the breeder's log.

What gives them the edge you may ask? As the founder of Vuma Horse Feeds, Summerhill knows the value of a superior stud feed formulated to ensure correct growth and lay down strong bone from the very beginning, even while still in utero.

Vuma Vigour, together with Vuma Vitality, forms the backbone of the stud feed. Vuma Vigour has the correct balance of vitamins and minerals, with superior inclusions to ensure optimal absorption of nutrients, particularly Calcium, at all critical growth stages.

Nutrition is essential in maximizing bone density. Skeletal growth is rapid during the first 12 months and it is at this time that bone, cartilage and tendon are being deposited and strengthened. The benefits of good levels of vitamin A, vitamin E and biotin are irrefutable in stud rations, and there is evidence to suggest that vitamin C is important in the development of healthy collagen and is essential to the production of connective tissues (ligaments, tendons, cartilage).

Protein is never as important to the horse as it is at this time. A horse, at any stage, has no requirement for a "percentage" of protein, but rather a certain mass of protein per day. The precentage protein feed supplied should be calculated by the requirement in grams divided by the amount of feed to be supplied. Since the intake of young horses is low, it follows that the "percentage" protein of young stock feeds will be relatively high.

In addition, quality of protein is important, thus the amino acid profile of the feed is critical and the quality of the individual nutrients included in the feed is important.

Skeletal growth occurs faster that weight gain. At 6 months of age bone mineralization is 68% complete. Dietary mineral supplementation along with careful management and training programs will result in improved bone density and in turn, improved skeletal durability. Young horses will stay training longer without the problems that bone injuries can cause.

The Kentucky growth chart below is a useful guideline against which to measure growing foals.

Kentucky Standard Growth Data (TB)

Month Kentucky STD ADG (kg/day) Body Weight Std (kg) Height Std (mm)
1 1.675 75 1072
2 1.49 115 1160
3 1.25 150 1215
4 1.19 180 1243
5 1.09 210 1290
6 1.0 230 1324
7 0.75 265 1350
8 0.75 280 1376
9 0.7 290 1411
10 0.5 310 1411
11 0.525 320 1430
12 0.3 330 1438
13 0.3 340 1456
14 0.3 355 1468
15 0.425 375 1475
16 0.875 395 1494
17 0.8 415 1513
18 0.625 425 1520
19 0.55

20 0.65

21 0.5


Vuma Vigour

  • 15% Protein whole grain, "muesli feed" with oats, extruded maize, whole sunflower, soya, Lucerne, bran and platinum class vitamin and mineral pack.
  • Biotin and lysine are specified at the higher end of the recommended spectrum to ensure healthy hoof growth and ensure an optimum amino acid profile.
  • Added vitamin C ensures healthy development of collagen and optimal absorption of calcium.
  • Vuma Vigour is recommended for mares in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, weanlings, yearlings ad young horses (up to ¾ years) in light medium work.

Vuma Vitality

  • 12% Protein, whole grain "muesli feed" with oats, extruded maize, whole sunflower, soya, Lucerne, bran, and the industry's no. 1 vitamin and mineral pack.

Recommended for stud horses, barren mares, mares in 1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy, and very suitable for spelling horses.

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For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za


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