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Stud Horse Mare and Foal

Feeding the Stud Horse...
(Photo : Vuma Horse Feeds)

"The Age Old Stud Horse Debate"

Much noise is suddenly being made about feeding the stud horse and particularly how much to feed mares and foals, to provide a creep feed or not, levels of protein, amounts of roughage and the correct balance of minerals and vitamins.

None of this is new and it is an age old debate but at Vuma we still believe in our original views and formulations. Champion Breeders for the past seven seasons can't be that wrong and Summerhill stats will show you that horses raised on the foundations of Vuma run for longer on average and more often than others. Whichever way you look at it there is no disputing 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. While correct limb conformation, good bone and size are a vital pay-off at the sales, even more telling are the results at the race track!

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).

Skeletal growth occurs faster than 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.

As consultant nutritionist to Vuma, Debbie Odell, explained back in 2009, a steady growth rate in foals is the optimal goal.

Debbie Odell


The regular use of the Kentucky Growth Chart to measure your foals growth, is important to gauge growth rates.


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, together with Vuma Vitality, forms the backbone of the Vuma stud programme. 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.

Vuma Vigour Horse Feed

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 and young horses (up to ¾ years) in light medium work.

Vuma Vitality Horse Feed

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



Vuma Vitality Horse Feed

Vuma Vitality
(Photo : Vuma Horsefeeds)

Vuma Vitality

Vitality is defined as vital power or the ability to sustain life and health and the ability to endure and have vigour.

This description is the fundamental core of Vuma Vitality, the stalwart of the Vuma product range forming the basic foundation for the Stud Feed range and the favourite principal product in our range of Sport Horse feeds.

Vuma Vitality is a 12% protein muesli based feed, providing horses with a palatable and nutrient dense combination of whole grains including oats, extruded maize, crushed maize, whole sunflower, soya, lucerne, bran, and the industry's number 1 vitamin and mineral pack.

The different whole grains provide a certain amount of roughage (tough outer hulls) while also fulfilling some of the searching behaviour of horses by allowing them to pick through the different grains. More roughage and different shaped grains also encourage slower eating, as a horse cannot grip as much in one mouthful.

The superior vitamin and mineral pack and amino acid profile ensure that each horse receives all the necessary vitamins and minerals to maintain good health and muscle tone and recover well from hard work.

Designed with a dual purpose, Vitality is recommended for sport and leisure horses in medium to hard work, general horses needing condition as well as for stud horses, barren mares, mares in 1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy, and it is very suitable for spelling horses.



seasons greetings

"...to you and your Champions"

As 2010 comes to a close, we reflect on a year that has been both challenging and exciting. Vuma Feeds has been through a few changes, with the product now being manufactured by Afresh Brands in Durban and Cape Town.

Having had our foundation on Summerhill Stud and being an integral part of their rise to Champion Breeder status, Vuma is still very much in touch with its roots. Our regular meetings at Summerhill ensure that the new team and the old team bring out the best in our tried and trusted products.

Our nutrient dense, organic-based formulations are still the same but we now have the added enhancements of not one, but two, sophisticated mills, enabling us to supply all our valued clients countrywide more easily than before.

With the dawning of 2011 on Saturday, we look forward to a New Year filled with exciting possibilities, starting with the launch of Vuma Gold, the Rolls Royce of Leisure feeds available at a mini Minor price!

We also eagerly anticipate seeing our favourite Champion J J The Jet Plane campaigning in the Dubai Racing Carnival, as well as seeing your champions excel in all that they do, powered by Vuma.

One third of the way through the racing season, Summerhill Stud is at the top of the Breeders log, for the seventh consecutive year. With Vuma Feed as their foundation, ensuring correct growth and development, we are certain that they will retain this title by the time the season ends in August.

2011 promises to be a superlative year! From all the Vuma team, we wish you and your horses the best of everything!

We love to feed your Champions!

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

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