On our site we have talked about the benefits of equine slow feeders for horses and marketed our slow feeder, the Hay Saver. However, I thought it might be useful to write a post about what is slow feeding. The Hay Saver is a way to slow feed your horse which means you do not have to feed at scheduled times and it also helps to considerably reduce hay wastage. Thus saving both time and money. Scientific studies that have taken place, have shown that large numbers of horses are susceptible to stomach ulcers as their feeding routines leave them without food for periods during the day. Horses are trickle feeders by nature and in the wild spend around 4 hours a day sleeping and the rest of the time searching for food. Some studies have shown that 4 hours without food is the ideal maximum, whereas other have suggested 2 hours. Horses stomachs are constantly producing acid so by constantly feeding they can combat the acid in their stomach.

Slow Feeders and Horses

When a horse uses a slow feeder, such as the Hay Saver, they are only able to take small mouthfuls. They need to pull the hay from the grate, which is over the top of the Hay Saver. This means that they need to chew for longer and therefore they eat slower. Slow feeding means that your horse will eat for longer, but will not eat any more. Once your horse is used to the slow feeding method they will be aware that they have access to a continuous supply of hay and therefore take breaks from eating.

 Health Benefits of Slow Feeding

By slow feeding a horse is constantly able to try and combat their stomach acid which can lead to cribbing, stomach ulcers and colic. This will lead the horse to be more agreeable, relaxed and happier.

Benefits of Slow Feeding

  • *Gives the horse access to hay 24 hours a day
  • *Slows down the speed the horse eats
  • *Helps to keep stomach acid at a natural level
  • *Helps prevent cribbing, ulcers, weaving, chewing, & feed aggression
  • *Reduces hay wastage by up to 50% – compared with feeding directly on the floor
  • *Helps horses be more agreeable and relaxed.