Friday, September 05, 2014

Haynet Design and Forage Consumption Rates Studied - Full Article

By Casie Bazay, BS, NBCAAM
August 25, 2014

It’s no secret that horses in modern management situations can benefit from slowed forage intake, which mimics feral horses' natural foraging tendencies. But do these slow feeders really work? A group of University of Minnesota researchers recently put two slow-feed haynets—one with medium-sized and one with small-sized openings—to the test to find out.

“The small and medium haynets offer two different size options in the ‘slow-feed’ haynet market,” said Krishona Martinson, PhD, associate professor and Equine Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota. "We wanted to see if there was a difference between these haynets."

The researchers also wanted to see how the two slow-feed nets compared to a standard haynet or no haynet at all...


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