Thoroughbred owners invest both time and money in order to buy and breed winning race horses. But where the young horses grow up, the manner and amount that they are fed and the quality of care that they receive may be even more important than pedigree.
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh report that the correlation between careful breeding and winning on the race track is no more than ten percent. They studied the performance of 4,500 thoroughbred foals born between 1922 and 2003 and came to the conclusion: nurture is more important than nature.
One of the most most important variables in predicting the success of a horse, not surprisingly, is the quality and quantity of the food in a horse's diet.
No horse, no matter how well bred, can reach its genetic potential without a nurturing environment combined with excellent nutrition. A horse requires lots of clean water, fresh alfalfa, generous quantities of scientifically fortified grains, and cultivated Bermuda grass on which to graze.
You’ve invested care and money to breed or purchase the best foals possible. Now give them, and you, the best chance to make the dream of winning a reality.
We are very pleased to announce that Cole Ranch has improved its grain feeding program. Until now we have fed a very high quality mix of loose or textured grains, vitamins and minerals custom designed for Cole Ranch and delivered fresh from the grain mill. Over time this feed has proved to be an excellent choice in as much as our horses grow steadily but without the extreme growth spurts often associated with developmental pathologies.
But the latest equine nutrition research indicated that a diet lower in sugar and starch is even healthier. Therefore, in consultation with our nutritionist, Dr. Amy Gill, our grain company, O.H. Kruse and our farm veterinarian, Dr. Douglas Anez we have reformulated our grain.
This new feed is lower in sugar and starch, corn free, and somewhat higher in fat and other key supplements such as kelp, a natural sources of iodine, magnesium and an organic form of selenium. Rather than textured grain, this new feed comes in pellets which helps insures that the all the feed is ingested by the horse.
Soy hull pellets (Not more than 49.7%), Wheat millrun, Beet Pulp Shreds with Molasses, Rice Bran, Vegetable Oil, Alfalfa Meal, Ground Oats, Soybean Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Molasses, Sodium Silico Aluminate, Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast, Cane Molasses, Diastatic Malt, Corn Syrup, Magnesium Oxide, Dicalcium Phosphate, Linseed Meal Expeller, Salt, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Selenium Yeast, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt sulfate., Lysine, Zinpro 4Plex C (zinc methionine complex, manganese methionine complex, copper lysine complex, cobalt glucoheptonate, ground corn cobs), DL-Methionine hydroxy analogue liquid, Kelp (Seaweed Meal), Apple Flavor Dry, Diamond V Seleno Source 2000.