Slow Feeding Horses + Giveaway from The Hay Pillow, Inc.
It seems we’re hearing more and more about a concept known a ‘slow feeding’ these days. So what exactly is slow feeding and how does it benefit the horse? That’s what I intend to focus on in this post.
I’m also excited to announce another giveaway–this time from one of my blog sponsors, The Hay Pillow, Inc. More on that at the end of this post!
Slow feeding is generally a term we use with feeding forage to horses, but slowing horses’ consumption of concentrates can also be beneficial, as discussed in this article I wrote for The Horse.
Many traditional horse feeding practices center around 2-3 large meals per day. This often leaves long periods of time in which the horse has no food to eat, and this is simply not conducive to the horse’s digestive system. Horses fed this way are more prone to ulcers, colic, and stable vices such as cribbing.
Other feeding practices may allow horses 24-hour access to rich pasture or round bales, and this, too may be less than ideal. While these horses may have their need for continual grazing met, they are also more prone to issues such as obesity, insulin resistance, laminitis, and possibly colic.
Slow feeding mimics a horse’s natural eating habits in the wild, allowing small amounts of forage to be eaten over a long period of time. There are several ways to slow down a horse’s forage intake. Using a grazing muzzle is one option–but these shouldn’t be left on the horse 24-7 in most cases. For slow feeding hay, there are a variety of nets and other devices on the market. You can also make your own.
Here are a few benefits of slow feeding:
- lowers insulin response to feeding (important for horses with metabolic issues);
- promotes healthy digestive function and reduces likelihood of digestive disorders such as ulcers, colic, and obesity;
- reduces boredom for stalled horses;
- less hay wastage; and
- promotes a healthy weight.
Giveaway from The Hay Pillow, Inc.
Hay Pillow: The ultimate slow feed hay bag.
The giveaway is sponsored by The Hay Pillow, Inc., owned by Monique Warren of Ramona, California. Here is some information about her products:
The Standard™ and Mini Hay Pillow™ Original and Version II are the only slow feed hay bags designed for use on the ground; allowing your horse to eat in a natural grazing position and encourage movement! The best choice for voracious eaters; when used on the ground it is not attached to anything so they can’t tug or pull on it. Mini Hay Pillow is designed specifically for miniature horses and ponies.
Hanging Hay Pillow ™ and Hanging Hay Pillow II ™ are also available for those who prefer to hang a bag. It is appropriate for any size horse or pony. Great for horse trailers and stalls!
The giveaway is for one standard hay pillow or one hanging hay pillow–your choice–each a $69.99 value.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling why you believe your horse could benefit from slow feeding. The deadline to enter is Saturday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m. U.S. central time. A random drawing from the comments will determine the winner. The contest is open to both U.S. and international readers.
(Please, only 1 comment per person.)