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The Benefits of Slow Feed Hay Nets for Horses

This Canadian-made product is not only a boon for horse owners but also significantly enhances the wellbeing of horses.

horses grazing naturally

For the past 10 years or so, one innovative solution has been gaining attention for its multitude of benefits: Slow Feed Netting. This Canadian-made product is not only a boon for horse owners but also significantly enhances the wellbeing of horses. Let’s delve into the reasons why Slow Feed Hay Nets are an essential item for anyone looking to provide the best care for their equine companions.

Mimicking Natural Grazing Patterns

In the wild, horses graze ‘little and often,’ fulfilling their natural chewing needs and maintaining a healthy digestive system. Slow Feed Netting allows domesticated horses to mimic this natural grazing pattern, which is crucial for their digestive health. The various sizes and hole opening options of this netting enable horses to access hay in a controlled manner, preventing overeating and obesity.

Health Benefits

Preventing Digestive Disorders

A consistent flow of food through the horse's digestive system is essential. Lack of fiber can lead to serious health issues like gastric ulcers. Slow Feed Netting ensures a steady intake of forage, aiding in the prevention of such problems.

Addressing Obesity

Obesity in horses is a growing concern, with many domesticated horses rated 4 or 5 on a scale where 5 indicates morbid obesity. This trend leads to a rise in obesity-related illnesses like heart and lung diseases, equine diabetes, laminitis, digestive and respiratory problems, joint strain, and reduced performance levels. Slow Feed Netting helps manage weight by controlling food intake, thereby reducing the risk of these health issues.

Reducing the Risk of Hyperlipemia

For obese horses, starvation is not a viable solution, as it can lead to hyperlipemia. Slow Feed Netting provides a way to put horses on a restricted yet healthy diet.

Practical Benefits for Horse Owners

Time and Effort Savings

Slow Feed Netting is a time-efficient solution for horse owners. It reduces the frequency of refilling food, especially overnight or during busy schedules.

Maintaining Cleanliness

Using these nets in fields keeps the feeding area tidy and free from the mess of scattered hay.

Versatility Across Seasons

Whether it's prolonging hay usage during longer stabled times in winter or controlling forage consumption during spring to prevent laminitis, Slow Feed Netting proves its usefulness year-round. It’s also beneficial during autumn when unexpected new grass growth can lead to weight gain.

Travel Convenience

When travelling to shows, Slow Feed Hay Nets and Bags are convenient for ensuring horses don’t overeat during the journey.

Psychological Benefits

Preventing Boredom and Vices

Horses, when bored or stressed, can develop vices like cribbing, box walking, and wind sucking. Slow Feed Netting keeps them engaged and mimics natural grazing, reducing the likelihood of these behaviors.

Maintaining Routine

Even when horses need to be indoors due to weather conditions, Slow Feed Netting helps maintain their regular feeding routine, which is crucial for their mental wellbeing.

Environmental and Economic Impact

Waste Reduction

With Slow Feed Nets, there's significantly less hay waste. This not only saves money but also reduces environmental impact.

Less Work

The netting means less maintenance work for the horse owners. It’s a convenient and efficient way to manage feeding.

Keeping Hay in Place

Unlike loose hay, which can be easily scattered, Slow Feed Netting keeps hay in its intended place.

Slow Feed Netting is more than just a feeding tool; it’s a comprehensive solution for maintaining the health, wellbeing, and happiness of horses. It replicates natural feeding patterns, addresses health issues, saves time, money and effort for owners, and even plays a part in environmental conservation. For anyone committed to the best in equine care, incorporating Slow Feed Hay Nets into their routine is a step towards ensuring their horses lead healthier, happier lives.

two horses running in a field

What Our Customers Have To Say

  • Your nets have been a great addition to our slow feeder systems!
    ~ Christiana