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    10-18-2012, 02:36 PM
purina ultium

I just found out my feed store is going to start carrying purina again. About seven months ago they stopped carrying it but because of good pasture nobody really needed nothing extra. Now we started just whole oats, ground flax, and source supplement. All of out horses look great. But I absolutely love ultium. I have three hard keepers, two horses which aren't tolerant of high molasses or corn and one older guy that can't chew well. All of our horses sustained great on ultium. Now im wondering about going back to ultium but does this mean I need to stop the ground flax and source supplement to?
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    10-18-2012, 06:27 PM
Since you know your horses do well on it, that sounds like a good product to switch (back) to.

You can definitely continue the flax seed and Source- I particularly like flax seed for horses who aren't getting a lot of fresh grass because grain & hay have far more Omega-6 than Omega-3, and the flax helps to offset that. Source is designed to be fed with a balanced grain diet, so that shouldn't be a problem, either.
    10-18-2012, 06:42 PM
The reason for the flax is because we moved from a place with a brilliant pasture but our horse were boarded. Now we have ten acres in two pastures but the pasture are in horrible shape lots of weeds and briars. We have been continuously bush hogging and fixing to reseed. Horses on currently on grass hay until our delivery arrives first week in November of 70% timothy 30% alfalfa.
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    10-18-2012, 06:45 PM
They hay we order has been tested and was the lowest in sugars.
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    10-21-2012, 02:50 PM
If your horses do well on it and you think they need it then I would go back to it.

I have used it on my main barrel horse JJ and I just didn't like the results from it...he is guy that gets hot off rich feeds so he gets Purina Equine Sr. And rice bran. I switched him to the Ultium as it is a "performance feed" and wouldn't make him hot. Well he was so LAGGY, LAZY and just wasn't running like himself like when he was on the Senior. So I switched him back and he went back to his old self.
    10-21-2012, 03:37 PM
My main problem is my app. In the winter it takes around 17 pounds of tc senior plus additional beet pulp for him to maintain a semi decent weight. On the ultium it takes about six pounds plus three pounds of beet pulp and this guy is not worked at all
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    10-21-2012, 03:44 PM
I tried to get my TB to the point to where he could eat the Ultium, for we wanted him to put on some weight - I could not for the life of me get him to switch. No matter how small the incriment I would put in with his old food, he'd always colic on it. He went through 4 fits of colic before we just gave up. Our trainer said she had the same problem with Ultium - she couldn't feed it because every single on of her horses would colic on it. So I've always steered FAR clear of it. We went a different route, with a 10:10 feed.

But if you know that your horses go well on it, go for it! I just wanted to throw my experiance out there :)
    10-21-2012, 06:14 PM
What I thought about doing this winter is going for an all forage diet with just supplements. I am currently doing 3-4 hours of research a day trying to absorb as much information as possible and then go my best route. I hear lots of good this about all forage diets and my horses will eat anything I set infront of them forage wise.
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    10-21-2012, 06:21 PM
My BO feeds Purina. We stock Senior, Ultium, and Omolene.

First, my 4yo TB gelding was on the Ultium. It didn't put weight on him at all (he also had free choice hay), then he stopped eating it. We tried giving him Omolene, but that made him crazy hot and he actually dragged me and my BO down the hill to his field on separate occasions, so no dice. Now he's on senior and he's maintaining a decent weight and he's nice and chill.
    10-21-2012, 06:48 PM
My problem is now of my horses need the same thing. Two are extremely hard keeper, one of which has horrible teeth, then we have an old guy that can only eat soaked feeds or forage, then two twhs that cannot tolerate high sugars or starches. Then we have sn easy keeper under a high work load and it seems like they all did great on ultium either that or everybody is on a different feeding regime
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