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How is the Pacefeeder secured?

Secure or unsecured; how does one do it?

The Pacefeeder is a natural slow hay feeder that can be used in both an indoor stable and outdoors. It allows horses and other equines to have access to their hay over an extended period of time, mimicking their natural grazing behaviour.

Traditional methods of giving a horse two-to-three feeds a day does not take into consideration the digestive system or the natural behaviour of the horse. Scientific studies have shown that feeding in this manner increases the risk of stomach ulcers and other veterinary problems like colic, as well as behavioural problems.

So, how does it stay in place?

Ready in the recess

The Pacefeeder is secured to the wall on both sides by a screw which is out of harm’s way in a recess. It is also out of the way of the horse’s teeth, which ensures no grinding against metal.

If you want to use additional screws, the plastic is easily drilled.

Does it need to be secured?

The Pacefeeder slow hay feeder is designed to be freestanding also, should you wish to place it in a yard outside, or keep it in the corner of the stall but with easy maneuverability, should you wish to alter the location.

Want to know more?

For additional information or photos, please contact: info@pacefeeder.ie; or call: +353 (0)86 254 4482.

Superior ‘slow feed’ hay net: Slow-graze your horse in a healthy way

Keep your horse grazing long, aiding in digestion, stimulating a healthy eating habit

In 2020, Pacefeeder introduced the Superior ‘slow feed’ hay nets as a cheaper alternative to the Pacefeeder, while still mimicking the horses natural grazing patterns.

Many veterinarians and nutritionists recommend the practice of ‘slow’ feeding hay to equines. Slowing down the intake of hay and thereby extending the period the horse has access to hay, mimics the horses natural grazing behaviour. By maintaining digestive balance, this helps to address issues such as ulcers and laminitis.

With the introduction of our Superior ‘slow feed’ hay nets, owners can take an affordable first step on this path and also reduce boredom / stress for their horses, by keeping them occupied.

These large ‘slow feed’ hay nets are made of braided knotless poly netting. This very strong, soft-to-touch netting is available in two strand sizes: 4 mm & 5 mm. The hole sizes of 30 mm, 45 mm & 60 mm are standard.

Both the 30 mm and 40 mm nets are 75 cm wide x 1 meter long; the 60 mm hole net is 1 meter wide and 750 mm long. The wide opening facilitates easy filling.

Hay capacity is approx 5kg (dry hay).

Which size hay net to choose?

The hole size 30 mm is ideal for ponies and horses on a strict feeding regime. The 45 mm hole size will suit most horses and cobs. 60 mm hole nets are for large horses, including Shires.

Our Superior ‘slow feed’ hay nets are not the same or comparable to the regular nylon twine knotted nets. They are strong and soft on the horses mouth, suitable for stable, paddock or traveling.

How much do the hay nets cost?

30 mm hole net, 4 mm strand/cord = €37.00
45 mm hole net, 5 mm strand/cord = €40.00
60 mm hole net, 5 mm strand/cord = €35.00
Introductory offer: Free postage to Ireland and the UK. Multiple net discount is available.

For more information, email: info@pacefeeder.ie.

ScratchnAll: Safe relief from itching for your horse’s comfort

Give your horse the opportunity to eat healthy and stay comfortable, all in one place.

In 2020, Pacefeeder collaborated with ScratchnAll, an American-based company, to bring the ScratchnAll pads to the Irish market as a distributor. These pads provide not only horses but a variety of animals, large and small, with safe relief from itching which can be problematic in stalls and barnyards.

The ScratchnAll animal scratcher pad measures 6″ x 5″ x 1″ and is made with a type of elastomer. It is easy to install and has the ability to bend over corners and interlock. Because of its unique shape and features, you can create a pattern which best suits the animals’ enrichment needs. The pad’s 212 points can touch key acupressure areas and is the perfect self-grooming solution.

Because scratching and grooming is a self-enriching activity enjoyed by all animals, they will rub on any convenient surface or object. Ultimately, these surfaces, such as door jambs, furniture and posts, soon show wear and may even break or splinter; creating rough edges and sharp points that could puncture the skin or cause other serious injuries.

Therefore, ScratchnAll offers a safe and effective way of self-scratching so that the skin, face and especially the eyes are not harmed. Even though it’s very durable, the small nubs on the scratcher pad are flexible which is comfortable, satisfying and non-irritating to the animal, and it can touch many key acupressure points.

Not only this, but the horse’s mental welfare needs to be considered too. Those horses, which may be on stall rest, can get very depressed, anxious and particularly miss the other horses, and being groomed by those horses, which is important to them. This instead enables the horse to groom itself to a point simulating normal herd behaviour.

The ScratchnAll costs only €22.00 and they come in a variety of colours, including black, brown and green.

More information

Interested in buying one? Just click here.

Have any questions? Just email: info@pacefeeder.ie.

Covid-19: Updates, shipping and more

Shipping local and abroad has resumed.

For those of you who have been uncertain about whether or not you can order a Pacefeeder slow hay feeder, we can confirm that as of Monday, May 18, production of the Pacefeeder unit has resumed, and we are in a position to take orders and send them abroad.

How much is delivery?

For the standard pacefeeder, delivery costs €25 to customers in Ireland, the UK or western Europe (tracker provided).

For the tall pacefeeder, delivery costs €35 to customers in Ireland, the UK or western Europe (tracker provided).

Order online today

You can place an order online by clicking here.

If you any questions or concerns, you can contact us at: info@pacefeeder.ie.

Click on the link for a list of our common frequently asked questions.

Indoor and outdoor use: How best to utilise your Pacefeeder

Let your horse enjoy the good weather, while still eating in a healthy, natural way.

It’s May 21, 2020, and the sun has been out shining most days. At Pacefeeder, we recommend that our slow hay feeders can be used both indoors (during rainy times or the dead of winter) or outdoors, for those bright, sun-shiny days.

The horse can graze hay over time, allowing it to consume food in a way that suits the nature of a horse. It also prevents any hay wastage, blowing away or being trampled underfoot.

However, this doesn’t mean it has to take place indoors. Your horse enjoys the cool breeze and warm sun just like many of us do. Give them the opportunity to be outdoors, but grazing with the pacefeeder also.

They’ll be thanking you before you know it!

You can read more about all the benefits the slow hay feeder provides for horses.

Or, you can read about how the Pacefeeder slow hay feeder can benefit owners.

Covid-19: Limited supply but shipping will resume soon

In light of the Covid-19 crises, Pacefeeder would like to reassure customers about our product and safe practice. We do not operate a storage facility nor products for sale within any retail establishment; all of our business is conducted online.

However, given the Covid-19 precautions taken by our fabrication facility, we have a limited supply of Pacefeeders available. At present we are forecasting additional production units – 10 days for availability Once the current situation has passed though, we will resume normal production.

In the meantime, if you are interested in our products or have any questions, please email: info@pacefeeder.ie.

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How the slow hay feeder benefits equines

The Pacefeeder is designed to allow the horse to search, tear, chew and eat hay in a naturally continuous and slow manner in their correct body posture, ensuring the horse is getting the right amount of hay over a longer period of time.

How the Pacefeeder works

By using the slow hay feeder, not only does the hay last longer but, more importantly, the horse takes smaller mouthfuls, each of which is chewn for longer – when the pH is in balance in their stomach, the horse will stop eating.

If your horse is overweight, slow feeding using the Pacefeeder will help to regulate metabolism and insulin spikes. If your horse is underweight, the Pacefeeder can help increase digestion and absorption of calories and nutrients. Small amounts of food also reduce swollen hay stomachs.

The Pacefeeder allows for a natural head down grazing posture. This posture pulls the top line into alignment and the hind legs into the correct weight-bearing position relieving the neck, back and hock stress. It also encourages natural movement of the head and body as the horse searches, tears, chews and swallows food from the Pacefeeder.

Each small amount of hay is torn off through the Pacefeeder grid using the incisors in a natural head down posture. While eating from the Pacefeeder, the mandible is correctly allowed to slide down and forward relaxing the TMJ muscles and allowing for proper teeth contact.

Hay is pulled directly into the mouth through the holes in the Pacefeeder’s self-adjusting grid and torn off. The dust, sand, pollens, and mold are shaken loose and work their way to the bottom of the slow hay feeder subfloor. All this collects in the subfloor, out of the horse’s reach and can be emptied and thrown out later. 

By using the slow hay feeder it helps to keep them occupied and helps to eliminate boredom.

Key points:

  • Works WITH the horses natural digestive system and behaviours;
  • Horses are less lightly to suffer from ‘ulcers’ and other gastric disorders;
  • Reduces anxiety/stress levels in your horse;
  • Reduces bad stall habits and behaviours;
  • The natural position of the head and body when feeding leads to less physical problems;
  • No ingestion of dirt, sand, and parasites from the ground.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about purchasing the Pacefeeder, just email: info@pacefeeder.ie.

How the slow hay feeder benefits owners

Keep you happy with cost savings; and your horse content.

How does the Pacefeeder work?

The Pacefeeder is designed to allow the horse to search, tear, chew and eat hay in a naturally continuous and slow manner in their correct body posture, ensuring the horse is getting the right amount of hay over a longer period of time.

How does it benefit owners?

By using the slow hay feeder, not only does the hay last longer but, more importantly, the horse takes smaller mouthfuls, each of which is chewn for longer – when the pH is in balance in their stomach, the horse will stop eating.

The Pacefeeder grid prevents the hay from blowing away – automatically reducing hay that is normally lost to the elements. As well as this, the horse cannot pull large amounts of hay out – which prevents clumps from falling on the ground and being trampled. 

The less hay that is being wasted, the less that needs to be replaced and, therefore, over time, the less amount of money you will spend replacing hay.

If the horse is kept healthy and happy, through a proper feeding regime, the less you will need to spend with a veterinary practitioner and, thus, less veterinary bills!

Key points:

  • Reduces feed costs;
  • Reduces waste from trampling and the soiling of hay;
  • Saves you hours of labour on feeding times and cleanup;
  • Contributes towards reducing vet bills;
  • Gives you a more flexible schedule.

More information

If you’d like more information on the Pacefeeder, or would like to talk to someone about the features, please email: info@pacefeeder.ie.

A large welcome from the team at Pacefeeder

Welcome to the Pacefeeder monthly blog, where we aim to keep you updated on new and exciting news about the Pacefeeder, equine health trends and how the slow hay feeder can help benefit your equine.

What is the Pacefeeder?

The Pacefeeder slow hay feeder is both an indoor stable and an outdoor slow hay feeder that allows horses and other equines to have access to their hay over an extended period of time, mimicking their natural grazing behaviour.

Where did it all start?

In 2011, Pacefeeder was asked to assist in the development of a product which would enhance the welfare of stabled equines by way of extending their eating time. The problems of a limited feeding regime for stabled horses (when at large they graze between 16–18 hours a day) are well documented. 

We conducted extensive research and development around designing a product solution, which also needed to accommodate the inclined position of the equines head and neck whilst mimicking grazing. In addition, a simple mechanism was required and designed to prolong the period of availability of hay.

What next?

Five years on, we have created what we believe is a product which responds to equines’ feeding habits and needs. It is robust, weatherproof, easy to use and simple to fit. 

Our product, the Pacefeeder, is manufactured in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Two corner models were launched at Tattersalls International Horse Trials in June 2015 (Pacefeeder is a registered design).

Today?

To-date, our product has been installed extensively across Ireland, the UK, France, Belgium, and Germany. 

We have successfully exhibited in Equus, Tattersalls, the National Ploughing Championships and the RDS-Dublin Horse Show. 

Customers have reported significant savings – no waste due to trampling/soiling – in excess of 20%. Taking note of customers’ feedback is part of a process for continuous improvement.

Get in touch today

Want to get in contact with us? Just email: info@pacefeeder.ie with any query you have.