Slowing your horse’s rate of eating has a number of positive effects…
- It encourages the horse to chew eat mouthful for longer which produces more saliva, a great way to buffer the acid in the stomach, aid digestion and keep the gut working as it is designed to.
- It means that the ration will last for much longer than when fed in a bucket, on the floor, or in an easy access hay-net or hay-bag. We’ve found it takes the horse around 3 to 4 times as long to eat from the slow feeder and up to 5 or 6 times as long in some cases. This not only means the horse’s stomach is full and working as it should for longer, it also reduces boredom and associated issues for yarded or stabled horses.
- It helps to save mess and wastage. None of us want to spend hours raking trampled, wet or manured-on hay from our yards – not to mention watching the hard-earned money we have spent on hay for our horses be put on the muck-heap when it has been prematurely soiled. The slow feeder reduces the amount of hay trampled in to the ground and if they don’t eat it all up in one meal, they’re sure to finish it up later on.
Anyway, more about the science behind it later – for now, let’s get in to how we make the slow feeder hay-net the easy way! Click here for step-by step instructions.