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.
*Note: Shod livestock should not use any netting device on the ground. Due to the dangers involved in using any mesh material that can potentially get caught on a horseshoe, it is not safe or recommended. We do not recommend the use of netting devices with horned animals or horses with blankets or halters that can potentially become snared in netting.
See our Slow Feed Solutions By Enclosure Type & Weather Conditions to learn more about appropriate choices for shod and barefoot livestock depending your unique environment.
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About the Author:
Monique Warren invented the Hay Pillow® slow feeder and is the owner of Hay Pillow Inc.
Warren has been an equine guardian for over forty years and slow-feed advocate for over 10 years. She contributes equine nutrition and digestive and hoof health articles to publications such as Equine Wellness, The Journal, The Naturally Healthy Horse, Natural Horse Magazine, Nicker News, Horse Back Magazine, The Horse's Hoof, and Miniature Horse World Magazine. Equine nutrition and horses feet are her passions. She resides in Southern California.
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