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Click above to watch J J The Jet Plane winning the US$1,000,000 Al Quoz Sprint (Gr2)
(Footage : Dubai Racing)

"Start them right and you'll never look back!"

 Our favourite Vuma Champion, J J the Jet Plane kept the South African flag flying at Meydan on Saturday when winning the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night - our very best wishes to Lucky Houdalakis and all the connections! This has truly been an amazing journey and we hope that someone is drafting a book!

River Jetez ran a creditable second in the Dubai Duty Free, ensuring that Jet Master stamps himself firmly at the head of South Africa's leading stallions.

The $10Million World Cup Race was a bittersweet 1st and 2nd for the Japanese, with these victories following so soon after the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged their home country.

All of this excitement took place less than 3 weeks ahead of the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sales, which start at 1pm on Friday 15th April.

Vuma founders and stalwart clients, Summerhill Stud, will be there with their draft of 40 yearlings, all of which have had their foundations on Vuma Horse Feed. Ask the 6 time champion breeders what helped them get to their current position on the breeders log and they won't hesitate to say that the fundamental changes that they made to their feeding regime is what made the difference.

Utilising international research, the feeds are formulated to provide a nutrient dense, highly palatable feed containing the best vitamins and minerals allowing for steady growth.

These foundations lay down strong collagen and bone giving the young horse a superior start and ensuring that they train on (in the case of Hear the Drums, for 34 wins).

 So if you want to join the Champions, your best bet is to start off with Vuma Vitality and Vuma Vigour.

Once in training the highly digestible Vuma Upstart and Vuma Racer ensure high energy and a superior amino acid profile for repair and recovery.

Vuma Horse Feeds - The Choice of Champions!

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



stratos winning the empress club stakes 

Stratos winning the Empress Club Stakes

Food for Thought 

In a study, "Motivation for hay: Effects of a pelleted diet on behavior and physiology of horses," scheduled to be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Physiology & Behavior, Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVB, a professor emeritus of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and and co-author Jaime Elia, determined if horses' welfare, in addition to their health, was compromised when denied fiber.  

The abstract is currently available:


The natural diet of free-ranging horses is grass, which is typically high in fiber and calorically dilute, however diets for high performance domestic horses are often low in fiber and calorically dense. The aim of the study was to determine the motivation of horses for hay when fed a low roughage diet. Their motivation could be used to determine if low roughage diets compromise the welfare of horses. Eight mares were fed two different diets in counterbalanced order: ad libitum orchard grass hay; a complete pelleted feed (pellets). Each trial lasted three weeks, with a one-week transition period between diets. To determine the motivation of horses for fiber they were taught to press a panel to obtain a food reward. The fixed ratio (FR) was increased using a progressive ratio ((1,2,4,7,11…) technique. When fed pellets, the horses worked for a median FR of 1 (Range=1-497) to attain pellets, and when fed hay, they worked for a median FR of 25.5 (4-497) to attain pellets. When fed hay, the horses worked for a median FR of 0 (0-0) to attain hay, and when fed pellets, they worked for a FR of 13 (2-79) to attain hay. These results indicate a greater motivation for hay, a high fiber diet, when fed a low fiber diet. The horses spent 10 (5-19.4)% of their time during a 24-hour period eating pellets compared to 61.5 (29-76) % of their time eating hay. Horses spent 58% of their time standing when fed the pellets and only 37% of their time standing when fed hay. Searching behavior (i.e. sifting through wood shaving bedding for food particles) took up 11.5 (1.4-32) % of the horse's day when fed pellets, but only 1.2 (0-3.5) % of the daily time budget when fed hay. Horses chew more times when eating a hay diet (43,476chews/day) than when eating a pellet diet (10,036chews/day). Fecal pH was lower in horses fed the pelleted diet.

In addition, the researchers also found that:

  • Horses fed hay, spent 61.5% of their time (throughout a 24-hour period) eating, while horses fed pellets spent only 10% of their time eating,
  • Horses fed pellets spent 58% of their time standing while horses fed hay, spent 37% of their time standing, and
  • Horses fed pellets spent 11.5% of the their time sifting through the bedding of their stall looking for food whereas horses fed hay only spent 1.2% of their time practicing this "searching behavior."

The authors concluded that a reduction in dietary fiber has a major impact on the behavior and physiology of horses. They recommend feeding at least half a bale of first cutting hay per day, or offering free choice hay.

As horsemen we know that when horses are denied access to pasture to partake in their natural grazing habits of eating small amounts for up to 16 hours a day, health and behaviour issues arise, such as the development of gastric ulcers and chewing of wood fences and stall walls. Eating bedding, box-walking and weaving are also negative effects of horses not having sufficient “chewing -time”

As trainers it is not always easy to balance energy levels, race recovery and race-readiness with a high-fibre diet particularly when the focus is on a calorie-dense diet for maximum energy output and muscle repair. 

Vuma Horse Feeds has always believed in providing nutrient dense, whole grain rations with processed maize for maximum digestibility. The whole grains include oats, sunflower and barley and apart from providing starch and some protein, as well as fat in the case of sunflower, 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 allow for slower eating.

Coarse muesli mixes not only have a lower density than pellets but they are harder to pick up and furthermore, the horse cannot grip so much in one mouthful. Thus the format of the concentrate assists in controlling the rate of concentrate intake which is probably as important as controlling that of forage intake. If feed is eaten rapidly, less saliva is produced and the sudden flow of concentrated feed into the stomach causes a rapid secretion in acid. This is exacerbated if a horse has stood for a prolonged period with no access to feed.

It is possible to try to further reduce the rate of concentrate consumption of horses by mixing chaffs into the feed. The idea is that the forage requires a lot of chewing and cannot be swallowed until it is properly macerated. Thus, feeding time is prolonged. However, horses vary their rate of feed consumption during a meal, eating more quickly at the outset and many are also very adept at tossing the hay out of the manger, if it is not chaffed small enough!

Chewing movement in horses produces saliva which, due to its high bicarbonate and mucous content, buffers acid in the stomach. Thus reduced “chewing time” will lead to increased stomach acid which may lead to the urge to chew bedding and wood. 

The main objective with race-horse nutrition is to provide optimal energy while ensuring optimal health. This can be achieved by feeding a range of feeds like the nutrient dense range of muesli feeds from Vuma, by ensuring that the horses’ meals are spread into as many small meals as practically possible, and by providing sufficient roughage in the form of good quality hay and Lucerne, also spread throughout the day. 

High volumes of grain, without roughage, also lead to increased fermentation in the stomach which leads to an increase in the bacteria that produce lactic acid and gas. 

The Vuma range of products is a starting point to achieving optimum health and performance.

Vuma Upstart 14%, Vuma Racer12%, Vuma V812% and Strike R8.



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The Best choice in low energy, high fibre rations Vuma Valu 10% & Vuma Valu 12%

No maize and low grain maintains a cool temperament
High fibre & added oil
provide slow release energy
Organic minerals
for better absorption
Enhanced levels of anti-oxidants

B vitamins and magnesium
help to maintain calmness

Valu is about getting the best for your money - your Champion deserves it!

Quality Horse feeds in our range of Sport Horse feeds also include:

Vuma Valu Red 12%
Vuma Vitality 12%
Vuma Vigour 15%
Vuma V8 12% with enhanced fat
Vuma Racer 12%
Vuma Upstart 14%

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