Learn about the physical, mental and emotional benefits of eating in a natural grazing position & more when you feed your horse from the ground.
1) Natural Wear of Teeth & More
A natural grazing position allows the mandible (jaw bone) to come down and forward in the atlantoaxial and temporomandibular joints. This alignment:
2) Less Strain on the Skeletal System & Soft Tissue
A natural grazing position puts less strain on the skeletal system and soft tissue because a horse is designed to eat with the head down.
3) Relaxed Mental & Emotional State
A horse’s emotional state is reflected in body position and posture. If we require a horse to eat with their head elevated, we are encouraging an alert and tense mental state.
4) Better Peripheral Vision
Ground feeders such as the Standard Ground Hay Pillows and Mini Hay Pillows® do not impair the horse's peripheral vision. If impaired, this can create tension psychologically. Horses are prey animals and depend on sight and sound to detect predators.
5) Better Respiratory Health
Enables nasal passages to drain effectively thereby minimizing the inhalation of dust and particles.
6) Keeps Hay & Dust Out of Eyes
Eliminates the risk of hay and dust falling into your horse's eyes.
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Monique Warren is the owner of Hay Pillow Inc.