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Slow Feeding for Horses


 

Horses are grazing animals, and by nature are designed to eat small amounts and be on the move 18-20 hours a day. Unlimited access to forage at all times is best, but most horses have lost the ability to maintain a healthy weight because they are often kept in small areas and don't move enough.

To live with us, horses must succumb to the unnatural effects of confinement and human imposed lifestyles. Horses are therefore dependant on their humans for their needs for both food and exercise.  In doing so, we have altered their natural rhythms.  Slow feeding with Handy Hay Nets can help restore these rhythms and allow horses to buffer stomach acid to prevent ulcers and provide a steady stream of energy (trickle feeding). This means you can ride, train or play at ANY time!

 
 
Slow Feeding Benefits for Animals
 

Slow Feeding Benefits for Animals

  • Better for digestion as it slows down the amount animals can consume PER MINUTE but is FREE CHOICE and prevents bloat and colic.

  • Simulates grazing helping to release endorphins from chewing, which keeps hind gut bacterial flora happy and healthy.

  • Obese horses will eat less but still have access to food all day.

  • Alleviates the boredom and STRESS that can lead to ulcers, colic in horses, bloat in ruminants AND stops wood chewing, manure eating, etc.

  • No more bullying in the herd at feeding time. Calmer animals = happier herds!

  • Slow feeding regulates insulin levels for horses with metabolic syndrome.

  • Helps prevent choke in horses.

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Slow Feeding Benefits for Humans
 
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Slow Feeding Benefits for Humans

  • No more wasted hay.

  • Save up to 50% in hay costs!

  • No more rushing home to feed, or getting up at the crack of dawn because animals are hungry and calling!

  • Your horse is ready to be ridden at any time, saving precious time before a show/event.

  • Pre-load your Handy Hay Nets so feeding time is quick and easy.

  • No more pushy/aggressive animals at feeding time.

  • Need to soak your hay to reduce sugar content? No problem, just fill and submerge.

Why Handy Hay Nets?
 

Why Handy Hay Nets?

  • They are affordable and hand made in Canada.

  • Our seams are hand *sewn, which makes them more flexible and longer lasting *compared to machine sewn seams.

  • They are easy to load and tie.

  • Our tie string comes in many colours, so each animal can have their own, (handy for barns or boarding facilities).

  • Our netting is made of strong soft nylon, which is very gentle on muzzles.

  • There aren't any knots on our bags for animals to grab or chew.

 

VETERINARIANS LOVE THEM!

EQUINE SUCCESS STORIES... 

 
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We have supported many owners during this process so feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns.

 


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Equine Slow Feeder Netting Guide

 
  Read this very informative article from  the Horse.com  about ulcers in horses. 

Read this very informative article from the Horse.com about ulcers in horses. 


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We love this article bringing back the horse's instincts by Dr. Juliet M. Getty PHD. Her website is a gold-mine of equine nutrition and health articles. 

 

We're always finding and sharing new information about
the equine digestive system.



 
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GETTING STARTED
with your Handy Hay Nets

Download the pdf of this guide here and keep a copy out at the barn.

  • When you first introduce animals to slow feeder hay bags, make sure there is loose hay available
    as well. Never feed a hay bag if your animal is hungry as this will cause stress. 
    We recommend 3/4 of what you would normally feed in addition to the hay bag.
     
  • It can take anywhere from a week to a month for animals to really get the hang of eating from
    our hay nets, but most people find that when they do, they prefer their bags to loose hay!
     
  • Hungry animals will often paw or bite through the netting. As they adjust, they use their
    teeth and lips to pull the hay through the holes. 
     
  • Don’t pack the bag too tight or they won't be able to get the hay out. Pull some hay through
    the netting to help them get the idea.
     
  • Quick drops in temperature and very cold weather can require your animals to need additional
    loose hay.
     
  • Don’t let your Handy Hay Net run out. Hay becomes harder to get out as the bag empties due
    to all the broken bits. Empty them out so your animals can clean it up.
     
  • Trickle Feeding means having a constant supply of forage available at all times.
    Trust that your animals will adjust over time and settle into a balanced weight. 
     
  • If your horse is shod please make sure that they do not contact the net at any time. 
    Put it in a bin or feeder or or hang it so they cannot paw it.