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When it comes to caring for horses, it’s important to understand their natural behaviour, how this may vary when compared with stabled routines and what impact this may have. Horse feeding is, unfortunately, a classic example of this.

By nature, horses are trickle feeders, spending 60% of their time grazing and 40% exhibiting other herd behaviours. However, this style of horse feeding pattern is rarely mimicked in stables and is often different from their natural behaviour.

Many owners use horse feeders containing high-energy concentrate meals 2 to 3 times a day, allowing for little foraging, leaving the average stabled horse spending just 10% of their time on feeding.

The results of a continued unnatural routine can be severe, limited access to forage can multiply a horses heart rate by up to 4 times. This can lead to laminitis, gastric ulcers, colic, obesity and stable vice issues.

What is a slow horse feeder?

A slow horse feeder provides a natural method to slow and control the pace a horse eats to allow for a more natural behaviour.

As horses are trickle-feeders, the health of their gastrointestinal tract and overall well-being is best when small, regular meals are consumed throughout the day. Slow hay feeders encourage natural grazing behaviour, which enables an increase in intake time of 2-3 times, helping reduce digestive, metabolism and stable vice issues.

Unlike regular horse feeders, a slow-feeder ensures a horse adopts a more natural feeding position, which drains the respiratory tract and prevent muscle tension in the back and neck.

Benefits of slow feeding

✓ Regulates the pace at which your horse eats

✓ Encourages a natural feeding position

✓ Saves you time and money

Feeding forage at a natural pace: That’s pure horse sense.

The scientifically-designed Haygain Forager, developed in cooperation with Nottingham Trent University and the Royal Agricultural University, bridges the gap between natural behaviour and stable routine by regulating your horse’s eating pace.

It comes with two different forage regulators (patent pending), which have apertures of different shapes and sizes. These help your horse to naturally forage around by pulling the hay through the various holes a bit at a time, without causing stress - just like grazing in nature!

Encourages trickle feeding

Slow-feeding allows you to increase the feed intake time by 2-3 times, which helps reduce digestive, metabolism and stable vice issues

A natural feeding position

Helping to drain the respiratory tract, and prevent muscle tension in the back and neck.

Saving you time and money

Keeping forage and bedding separate, improving stable hygiene, limiting wastage, and allowing quick and easy filling and cleaning