The word colic fills horse-owners with dread, it is a general term to describe abdominal pain and covers many different types, causes and eventualities but it is not to be underestimated.
The Morris Animal Foundation reported that colic was the leading cause of death in horses and a primary health concern of horse owners. While not all colic episodes can be prevented, avoiding situations which predispose the horse to colic will undoubtedly reduce the incidence.
The Haygain Forager, a slow hay feeder which has been researched and developed :
In addition, this hay feeder encourages a natural feeding position, keeps forage and bedding separate, and saves your time and money.
Horses stabled for a long time can become bored and develop of range of stereotypical behaviours and vices (crib biting, weaving and box walking etc.)
Reducing the speed they feed at can help to prevent stable vices, and also improve the health of your horse.
In their natural habitat horses eat for 60% of their time, but stabled horses spend on average only 10% of their time feeding.
This intensity of feeding can increase the risk of colic, gastric ulcers and laminitis.
Slowing down how fast the horse eats using the Forager slow feeder allows the horse to trickle feed so there is always forage in the stomach.
“LOVED by me - using 1 to 2 less bales of shavings per week per stable, and LOVED by my horse - no more spoiled haylage.” S Anderson.
“The forager is a really great idea, I love it and so does my horse. It's great to see him 'nibbling' at the hay instead of yanking from a hay net.” Jackie L.
“Just love the Forager! Easy to assemble and use. No wasted hay in bedding anymore. Contented horse......he's yet to completely empty the Forager overnight and understood the concept straightaway !! Would recommend to anyone!” A Robinson.
"Excellent way to feed, easy to set up and use and the mare took to it with no issues. no more hay dragged through the bed, much cleaner bed and less wastage all round. wonderful product, well produced. highly recommended" A Cheetham.