Matching the Feed to the Horse
Each and every horse receives its own formula of feed to ensure peak performance and health. Horses are fed based on their age, weight, condition, and level of activity. Pegasus uses Purina because this feed brand provides the correct nutrition for older race horses (Omolene), younger race horses (Race Ready), injured (Supersport), and the young growing horses (Ultium).
Older horses have a harder time digesting fiber because their digestive systems have slowed down. They also begin to have challenges with their immune system, requiring higher levels of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, and Folic Acid. This 14% protein diet is meant to help horses maintain muscle tissue, while the other ingredients are very important in helping an older horse process the feed, hay and pasture.
Equine athletes need high quality nutrition to give them that race-ready edge to compete at their best. Purina Race Ready feed provides the calories required for top speed and endurance from a multitude of minerals and nutrients: such as Vitamin E (maintains muscle health), fat and fermentable fibers to support high performance, and with beet pulp (to reduce risk of digestive upset).
Daily supplementation of Purina SuperSport results in rapid muscle recovery (lower levels of creatine kinase 24-hours after exercise), increased exercise capacity (improvements in maximum heart rate and time to fatigue), and a shift to a more athletic body type. This product is designed for any horse considered an athlete.
Ultium is formulated for broodmares and young growing horses. The diet consists of high-fat, high-fiber feed that supports the development and physiology necessary to produce a strong, healthy, and athletic horse.
Haygain Hay Steamers
One in six horses suffers from respiratory problems and has a degree of airway inflammation even if they are asymptomatic. Using a steamer provides a sanitizing solution and steams hay at over 212° Fahrenheit to destroy all dust spores, mold and mites. These are irritants that cause environmentally induced asthma and/or allergic reactions which are compounded because horses normally only breathe through their nose. When this passage way is inflamed, their breathing is restricted.
The steamer is designed to enable the steam to pierce and penetrate the center of the bale. The released steam diffuses outwards ensuring the entire bale is steamed effectively and thoroughly from the inside out. The steamed hay is ready to feed immediately after the 50 minute cycle or can be fed up to 12 hours later.
Steamers transform hay into dust-free, mold spore-free hay giving horses a healthier respiratory system to maximize their performance.