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SLOW FEEDING ?
So what is it? What’s all the talk about, and why do we want to use this method for feeding our animals?
Well, it’s quite simple really: it’s either a net or a grid system that you would place over your hay.
The net or grid has holes that are fairly small, usually just less than two inches square. There are many different styles and sizes to fit all kinds of feeding needs, whether you feed big rounds or flakes of hay.
Slow-feeding is definitely the best solution for feeding grazing animals, kept in captivity. How does it work? Well it allows only small amounts of hay to be pulled out while feeding, slowing down the consumption and allowing the digestion to work the way it is designed to. Slow-feeding best imitates the grazing action for the digestive system.
The benefits are huge, including health and well being of all grazing animals, but especially the feeding of the equine. Slow-feeders offer so many advantages.
Horses are grazing herbivores. They graze almost continually when left in pastured areas. The equine has a very small stomach (only 8-15 litres capacity) that is ideally designed for small, regular meals, as food passes through the stomach very quickly.
Horses salivate only when they are chewing and eating, and under normal circumstances they produce up to 30 litres a day of saliva. Saliva is an acid buffer. Saliva neutralizes the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, as well as lubricates the food. The horse constantly produces stomach acid - even if the horse is not eating! This is the biggest concern, and where we start to see the health problems start arise; the acid now has no buffer. And if he is not chewing to produce any saliva you will start to see the results of that acid build up in an empty stomach presenting its self as ulcers, cribbing, colic symptoms, and other behavioral problems.