Since then, research spanning over four years was performed to develop a new feed formulated specifically for young growing athletes. Purina performed detailed scientific feeding trials on broodmares and young horses from multiple foal crops at varying ages, breeds and management situations. The research involved monitoring and measuring growth curves, body condition, joint health, activity levels, blood work and more to ensure optimal nutrient delivery to broodmares and growing horses.
The result was unique, industry-leading nutrition proven to support the development, growth and adaptive physiology necessary to produce a strong, healthy athletic horse. It’s another offering of advanced nutrition worthy of the Purina name. Purina® Ultium® Growth Horse Formula. It’s What It Takes®.
NEEDS OF BROODMARES & GROWING HORSES
MARE IN FOAL
Ultium® Growth Horse Formula contains a concentrated calorie delivery system that supports the mare through all stages of gestation, with more total calories from added fat and fiber and lower sugar and starch. Lower feeding rates help support digestive health during this essential time.
Your foal’s best start begins with proper fetal development. Ultium® Growth Horse Formula provides research-determined amounts of nutrients, including copper and zinc for developing fetal liver stores to set the foundation for correct growth.
Suckling foals may nurse up to 80 times per day. Ultium® Growth Horse Formula provides additional milk components to support immune function, calorie, and nutrient transfers to active, growing foals.
Lactating mares can require over 35,000 kcal/day to produce adequate milk and maintain body condition. The concentrated calorie delivery system of Ultium® Growth Horse Formula provides the necessary calories during this critical period for both mare and foal sustenance.
Ultium® Growth Horse Formula helps support strong bone development by using high-quality nutrient sources. Amino acids, vitamins and minerals are supplied in optimal amounts and ratios as determined by research studies to provide the necessary building blocks for bone growth.
Young growing horses need carefully-balanced nutrition for optimal muscle development to grow into successful athletes. The protein quality and amino acid fortification of Ultium® Growth Horse Formula supports in the foundation, maturation and maintenance of healthy muscle.
Features & Benefits
Sustained Energy System®
A unique blend of three fuel sources to provide a steady level of highly digestible energy for developing and growing foals: soluble carbohydrates, fats and fermentable fiber
Targeted Nutrition Delivery System
Transports repair nutrients where they’re needed most. The balance of nutrients supports proper joint and long bone maturity to set the stage for the young athlete to start off right and continue on the correct path to competition.
Backed by Over Four Years of Research
Including measuring growth curves, body condition, joint health, activity levels and blood work in young, growing horses
Purina® Amplify® High-Fat Nugget
A proprietary blend of vegetable oils, flax seed and rice bran helps promote balanced immunity, smooth growth rates and shiny coats
Optimized Amino Acid Profile
Includes essential amino acids Lysine, Threonine and Methionine and branched chain amino acids to support muscle development and growth
Highly Digestible Fibers
Including beet pulp and soy hulls provide fermentable fiber to the hindgut for a slow-release calorie source that helps support weight maintenance and consistent lactation in broodmares and steady growth in young, growing horses.
Added Vitamins and Minerals
Including Copper, Zinc, Calcium and Phosphorus in essential ratios and quantities to help assure proper fetal stores during gestation, milk levels during lactation and tissue concentrations for continued growth
Including Vitamins E and Selenium help support cellular metabolism and a strong immune system
Controlled Sugar and Starch
With higher levels of fat and digestible fiber may help reduce the risk of hindgut disturbances associated with high starch feeding practices
With Pellets and Purina® Amplify® High-Fat Nuggets is highly palatable and highly digestible for young horses and broodmares
Designed to be fed with hay or pasture
|BROODMARES||Weight of Horse in Pounds|
|Minimum Hay or Equivalent Pasture*||7.00||9.50||12.00||14.50||17.00|
|Ultium® Growth Horse Formula (lbs/day)**|
|Gestating Mare (last 90 days)||3.25||4.25||5.25||6.0||7.0|
|GROWING HORSES||Weight of Horse in Pounds|
|Minimum Hay or Equivalent Pasture*||3.00||4.00||6.00||7.00||8.50||9.50||11.00||12.00|
|Ultium® Growth Horse Formula (lbs/day)***|
|Growing Horses, Weanlings and 2-year-olds***||6.50-7.50||7.00-7.75||6.25-8.35||6.75-9.00||7.00-9.00||7.25-9.00||7.00-8.75||6.75-8.50|
*These recommendations are based on the mare or growing horse eating the minimum recommended amount of hay per day (1.2 lbs per 100 lbs of body weight for mature horses, 1.0 lb per 100 lbs body weight for 300 to 400 lb weanlings, or 1.2 lbs per 100 lbs body weight for 500 to 1,000 lb growing horses. If feeding more hay reduce the amount of Ultium® Growth Horse by 1.0lb for every 2 lbs of additional hay fed.
**Do not feed less than 0.45 pounds of Ultium® Growth Horse Formula per 100 pounds of body weight per day for lactating mares. For growing horses weighing over 700 pounds, do not feed less than 0.65 pounds per 100 pounds body weight. If your horse gains too much weight at that minimum feeding rate, then you should replace Ultium® Growth Horse Formula with Purina Enrich Plus ration balancing feed, and feed according to feeding directions.
***Adjust amount fed to achieve desired growth rates. Feed amounts from lower end of range for more moderate growth rate and amounts from upper end of range for more rapid growth rate. For growing horses in training, adjust feeding rate to maintain body condition according to level of work, making any changes in feed gradually.
For horses sensitive to dietary carbohydrates, please consult with a veterinarian or nutritionist for a recommended diet.
- Feeding rates will vary with size, age, temperament, health status, forage quality,climate and activity level. Feed at regular times - at least twice daily - with three daily feedings preferred. Let horses feed in a natural position from troughs with large bottoms, placed at normal head height or lower. Do not feed free-choice. Prevent the rapid eating by the horse of any feedstuff.
- Reduce and/or delay feeding a horse which is hot, excited or showing pain, has fever or diarrhea. Consult your veterinarian if any problems arise.
- Always feed a minimum of 1.0 to 1.2 lbs per 100 lbs of body weight of good quality,clean hay or the equivalent in pasture.
- Any feed changes should be made gradually over a period of 7 to 10 days. Changes in the rate of feeding should not exceed 1.0 lb per day for each horse.
- Have plenty of clean, fresh water available at all times. Provide your horse with access to salt. Maintain an effective control program for internal parasites. Have the horse's teeth examined annually and consult your veterinarian on a regular basis.
- Make the feed change gradually over a period of 7 to 10 days.
- Mix the new feed with the old, gradually increasing the amount of the new feed while decreasing an equal amount of the old.
- Changes in the rate of feeding should not exceed 1 pound per day for each horse.