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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Feeding Ultium

I have noticed that a lot of barrel racers used ultuim because it was low starch, but every one says that they have bad results with it. Also a lot of their horses have gone off of it after eating for a month or so. I just started feeding it and if it isnt what it is cracked up to be I would rather feed something eles simular. here is is link to all the negative testamonials on Barrel horse World website, thanks and have a great day. Jamie

Where are you from? wisconsin

How did you locate this forum? google

Re: Feeding Ultium

Hi Jamie,

Performance horses often benefit from additional carbohydrates in their diet since this assists with metabolizing fat for energy. However, too much starch (grain) can aggravate ulcers, and barrel racers often suffer from this digestive problem.

So, rather than add more grain, I would suggest feeding more carbohydrates in the form of beet pulp, since this is highly digestible but does not increase stomach acid like starch does.

Additional fat is also helpful for performance horses, so depending on the horse, its age, overall health, history, weight, and activity level, an appropriate diet can be developed to meet the calorie and carbohydrate needs by feeding a commercial ration or mixing your own ingredients to better accommodate your horse's particular needs.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO