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 the 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.
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The Pacefeeder comes with an additional option of purchasing a haynet, which can be placed on the unit as an alternative to the plastic grid. The cost of the haynet is €50, and can be ordered as an accessory in conjunction with any order of a standard or tall Pacefeeder. In order to avail of the haynet and Pacefeeder combination, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is the option to purchase the Pacefeeder without the grid, subfloor and bung. It is the unit, both standard and tall, at a discounted price as it doesn’t have the extra fittings. However, hay can still sit in the Pacefeeder; and it can still be secured against the stall wall.
The benefit to the base unit is that it allows the horse to eat freely, without the effort of pulling through the grid. It also helps prevent hay from spilling out on the stall floor, being trampled and dirtied, and contributes to stopping overall wastage.