Slow Feeding Your Horse For Optimal Health

Are you curious about the benefits of slow feeding your horse? Here are some facts that show the benefits of slow feeding your horse for optimal health and why it is better for their digestive tract.  First, if we look at the free roaming wild horses, they spend their days looking for food and foraging. These wild horses are rarely sick and rarely have problems with their feet. Think about yourself for a moment. When you haven’t eaten all day, then gorge yourself. When you lay down to go to bed, your brain and stomach are on different pages. Your brains says you just ate and shouldn’t be hungry, when your stomach insists it needs more nutrients.
slow feeding your horse
Horses who are fed a meal in the morning and a meal in the evening quickly eat their hay and grain when fed; gorging themselves because they are famished. This is where slow feeding can be beneficial to your horse. By slow feeding, your horse is given the opportunity to forage all day and keep her digestive tract flowing throughout the day. Slow feeding simulates the natural grazing habits of your horse. If you’re worried about your horse chomping down all day on the slow feeder, no need to worry.  Slow feeders actually decrease the rate of consumption.  The horse’s digestive process is slowed down allowing the nutrients from the hay to be properly absorbed. It also reduces the risk of ulcers and allows more natural wear of teeth. Slow feeding can also help with aggression that can be seen during feeding times.

Slow feeding isn’t for everyone but can be very beneficial to your horse’s health. Help supplement the nutrition that hay can be lacking with Horse Guard’s variety of products to ensure your horse’s health. We at Horse Guard love to see happy and healthy horses. Our products can help keep your horse healthy and happy for years.

Written by: Emma Edgren

About Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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