Don’t just take our word for it 😉
Further to last Saturdays post re "simulate natural grazing", the University of Minnesota conducted a study on hay consumption rates via several feeding methods. Hay was supplied for 4hrs in the morning and 4hrs in the afternoon. Findings were as follows…………….
- Consumption Rates (in pounds)
3.3 Loose Hay, 2.9 Large Holed Net, 2.4 Medium Holed Net, 1.9 Small Holed Net
- Percentage of hay consumed in the 8hrs total.
95% Loose Hay, 95% Large Holed Net, 89% Medium Holed Net, 72% Small Holed Net
..…”These results demonstrate that the small or medium [holed] nets were effective in decreasing rate and amount of forage consumed and increasing the total time of forage consumption by adult horses. If small or medium [holed] hay nets were used for twice daily feedings in a boxstall setting, the anticipated amount of time horses would spend foraging would be 10 to 13 hours each day; more closely mimicking a horse's natural grazing behavior. Small and medium [holed] hay nets represent simple and affordable management tools for extending foraging time when meal feeding horses.”…. http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/horse/nutrition/using-slow-feed-hay-nets/
🌾🌾🌾 Of course if you have hay available in a Just Grazin Custom Nets 24/7, your horses can graze whenever they wish, as they would do in the paddock.
Thanks for sharing your pics