Filets à foin – slowfeeding

Après plusieurs mois de recherche et de tests au sein de notre écurie, nous avons décidé de choisir les filets NAGBAG pour nos chevaux et nos pensionnaires. Nous proposons aujourd’hui ces filets à la vente. L’Eden du Cheval –la boutique du Ottus Ranch– est l’unique distributeur en France de ces filets de haute qualité.

Les filets NAG BAG sont les plus doux pour la bouche et les plus résistants de leur catégorie.

Ils sont tissés avec une fibre nylon/polyester très résistante qui ne se sépare pas, et il n’y a pas de noeuds entre les mailles. Ils existent en filets individuels, mais également pour bottes ronds ou rectangulaires. Trois tailles de mailles sont disponibles : petites mailles (environ 2,5cm), moyennes mailles (environ 4cm), grandes mailles (environ 5,5cm).

Nourrir avec des filets à foin ? Que des avantages !

Pour votre compagnon équin !

  • Ralentit la digestion et la consommation de foin
  • Réduction de l’inhalation d’allergènes
  • Imite l’action de brouter
  • Aide à stabiliser le taux d’insuline (régulateur du sucre)
  • Aide à la prévention d’ulcères et de coliques
  • Peut aider les chevaux qui tic à l’appui
  • Aide à la régulation du poids
  • Toujours du foin disponible

Mais aussi pour vous !

  • Pas de gaspillage de foin au sol
  • Des chevaux toujours prêts au travail ou pour une balade
  • Gain de temps pour le nourrissage
  • Pas besoin de courir à la maison pour nourrir les chevaux

Pourquoi nourrir avec un filet un foin ?

Ce mode de distribution du foin, appelé en anglais Slow Feeding (littéralement nourrir lentement) repose sur le principe de mettre un filet par dessus le foin. Les chevaux vont tirer des petites touffes de foin depuis le filet ce qui va imiter l’action de brouter.

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.

Comment sont fabriqués les filets ?

The NAG Bag slow feeders are made with a blend of knitted nylon/poly for extra strength. Our nets are constructed especially for the purpose of feeding animals. The NAG Bag is very strong but gentle on your horse’s muzzle, no knots to rub or cause abrasions.

NAG Bags are knitted and dyed with a green dye which is one of the safest – nets that are dyed red can leach and nets that are white claiming to be natural is incorrect, as they would not be this white because natural netting will be a light cream in color. NAG Bags are then washed in an extremely hot water bath and then put through a hot dryer which sets the dye and seals them.

The NAG Bag is UV protected, 100% Canadian manufactured product to our Strict Canadian standards, for health and welfare.

We have a simple design for all the closures on the bags. NAG Bags only uses top quality, triple braided rope for our closures, no looped strings to become entangled with! And all our slow feeders come with matching repair twine – as a good sweater would with a spare button. Our knotless netting will not run and is easy to repair if needed.

Safety is our main concern with our nets and all of our equipment – as we are avid equestrians, educated in agriculture production, natural equine health care industry. And we care about your horses and animals, as we do ours.