Sunday, August 19, 2012

Floor-Level Feeding - Full Article

By the Editors of EQUUS magazine

Feeding at floor level is in your horse's best interest.

You can reduce your horse's risk of choke, colic and respiratory disorders and increase the amount of nutrients he gets from his ration by doing nothing more than eliminating chest- or head-high feed tubs and hay racks.

Floor-level feeding of both hay and feed mimics the natural heads-down grazing posture, which brings with it several health benefits:

Slowed rate of consumption--The horse must be more meticulous in his chewing to hold onto the hay and grain he's processing. Compared to chest-high intake, each mouthful of floor-fed feed is smaller, more thoroughly chewed and better mixed with saliva, lowering the horse's choke and colic risks.
Improved processing--Increased chew time and greater salivation prepare each bite for more complete nutrient extraction down the line, increasing the nutritional benefits from each bite...

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