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.
By using the Pacefeeder, 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 reduces 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.
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, 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 Pacefeeder subfloor. All this collects in the subfloor, out of the horse’s reach and can be emptied and thrown out later. By using the Pacefeeder it helps to keep them occupied while eliminating boredom.