Introduction

Increasingly, slow feeders are being used within day-to-day horse husbandry to facilitate
provision of a set amount of forage while also extending consumption time.
The pilot study aimed to provide information as to how three products intended for the
purposes of forage presentation perform and compare both to each other and to feeding hay
from the floor. The four presentations were a standard 50mm mesh haynet (SNET), a small
holed 25mm mesh hay net (SHNET), a hay ball (HBALL) and the floor (FLOOR).
The study compared feeding practices based on the following parameters: overall
consumption time (CT) and hourly consumption rate (CR).

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A comparison of four different forage presentations and their effect on consumption time and rate_ A pilot study.-4 (2)