Horses are grazing animals, so continuous intake of hay or grass throughout the day is important for their health. For quick eaters, slow feeders can be a great option to provide a steady supply of hay during the day.
Slow feeders are a type of feeding system that has small holes for a horse to eat hay out of. This slows a horse down, as they are only able to take small bites of hay at once. Slow feeders offer many health benefits as it will take a horse much longer to eat with one.
Slow feeders aid in healthy digestion, as horses are built to eat all throughout the day. They can help reduce the chances of ulcers, colic, choking, gorging, and even laminitis.
By slowing down the intake of hay, it helps horses regulate their metabolisms along with spikes in insulin. In addition, the use of slow feeders can help lower stress levels in horses
The slow intake of hay from slow feeders helps mimic a horse’s natural grazing patterns. This can help gut health as well as prevent a horse from developing bad habits such as cribbing and other stall vices. They can even help a horse with weight management as well.
Slow feeders even come in various sizes to accommodate your needs. You can use them in pastures with multiple horses as they help decrease food aggression and also reduce the amount of hay wasted.
How High Should a Hay Net Hang?
On average, you will want to hang a hay net four to five feet above the ground. The hay net should not hang low enough to touch the ground where a horse could potentially get tangled up in it.
How Can You Use a Slow Feeder Hay Net Outside Without Hanging It?
Some hay nets are only meant to hang up, which is not always ideal for pastures. Fortunately, to solve this simply fill an extra-large slow feeder net and place it in a large empty water trough. This makes it easy to use in a pasture with multiple horses as it is a quick and easy solution.
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