Does feeding directly on the ground impact your horses’ health?
When a horse feeds directly from the ground, they are prone to ingesting sand or sand-like materials such as wood shavings or dirt. These harmful elements can enhance a horse’s risk of developing sand colic. It can also increase their chance of an intestinal parasite load, especially if they’re not on a good parasite control program. Once ingested, they can cause colic, bloating, weight loss and decrease your horse’s performance.
But feeding at ground level has numerous health benefits because it mimics their natural head-down grazing posture, such as;
- Better chewing
- Reduced choking risk
- Enhanced airway drainage
- Increased salivation
- and better dental alignment is a few of the advantages.
If you have an old tyre, you can use our tyre feeder, which fits inside 14 and 16-inch tyres. Placing ground feeders into a tyre provides stability and prevents your horse from stepping into it and toppling it over. Our tyre feeder’s capacity is 18 litres, and it’s an excellent option if you prefer feeding your horse at ground level.