Slow Feeding for Better Horse Health
How to make your horse happy mentally and physically with automatic multiple horse feedings! Article from Equine Automation
We all want a happy horse, but how do you accomplish that? Toys and ice cream work great for kids. New cars work great for adults. But what event in your horses’ life creates this same emotion?
The answer is FOOD!
Your four legged friend gets most excited when you throw that bale of hay in or dump his dinner feed bucket, right? Typically
this event only occurs 2 or 3 times a day if you are the average horse owner. Now there’s a way to have that happen 8 or more times a day without any change in your current lifestyle!
The benefits to this type of diet are numerous. They can include one or more of the following. Lets first look at “What makes
your horse happy” If you agree it’s food then you can count on him getting happy up to eight times more often a day without
any addition visits to the barn from you! This feed regiment also promotes less social anxiety; cribbing, weaving, stall pacing.
Horse owners have also witnessed higher quality play time, riding time, improved manners and longer attention spans. The
following common health issues are correct, controlled or eliminate; Ulcers, Colic, Insulin Resistance, Weight Gain, Weight Loss and a variety of Metabolic Syndrome Disorders.
Any doctor, for humans or animals, will tell you that as a general rule many small rations are always better for you then 2 or 3
large rations. On top of that horses are a grazing animal, nibblers, pick all day long. Imagine the sugar spike that occurs when
your horses dinner bucket is consumed in five minutes or less. The flip side of that is a giant insulin blast, followed by a metabolic crash.
Colic simply means pain associated to the abdomen. As casual as that sounds Colic can lead to your horses death. Many
conditions bring on Colic. Most disorders which are responsible for abdominal discomfort can be controlled and regulated
by good diet management. Diet management translates to being consistent. You do not need to feed your horse more, just
more often, distributing his daily allowance over more feed times. This can make his meals more satisfying, more productive, and minimize the chance of a colic occurrence.
How about preventing or curing ulcers? Yes this new diet can do that too. Ulcers begin by the acids from the lower stomach
being allowed to pass into the upper stomach. In a normal healthy horse there is a natural cap or barrier created by fresh food
intake to separate the two. When this is compromised by a poor feed schedule the acid transferred to the upper stomach will
create an irritation and eventually leads to an ulcer which may or may not be reversible.
Senior horses bring on a particular set of there own challenges. Many times a special feed is required to help with digestion or
to ease chewing demands. When baled hay can no longer be ground up a pre-processed substitute needs to be implemented.
The automatic feed regiment we are discussing here lends itself perfectly. It is the only product of its’ kind able to dispense soaked feeds!
Since we are talking diet let’s talk weight gain or weight loss. By giving yourself full control of your horse’s intake gives you
the ability to control his weight without starving or gouging. By having the ability to mix and match exact portion of multiple
types of feed in one feeder you can create a custom diet for any horse is your horse will never know he’s’ on a diet!
Insulin resistance is a condition in which the horse’s body cannot regulate the production of insulin properly. The internet is full
of articles to help identify and treat this disorder. No matter what feed, supplement or medication you end up with they will all emphasize small, frequent rations, basically all day grazing.
With the incorporation of the Equine Automation, Model CD-X5 automatic
feeder your guy can get fed on a pre-programmed schedule everyday up to 8 additional feedings without any change to your current feed schedule.
Equine Automation built its first feeder in 2009. The original unit was designed to aid in the treatment of our own horse who suffers from Insulin Resistance
and Cushings Disease. At that time we were unable to source a feeder that met the requirements we desired for optimal feeding media and schedules.
Now, over four years later, the CD-X5 Feed Dispenser is available for sale as a fully engineered, field tested and proven device for use by anyone wishing to care for their animal in the best way possible.
At Equine Automation we strive to provide the safest, most versatile, high quality, best valued product on the market. We have field tested our
product for over four years under extreme New England weather conditions; from frigid snowy winters to sweltering summer heat and drenching downpours. We are proud to offer this tool for aiding and
controlling the multitude of dietary requirements found throughout the horse and large animal community.
•Up to 8 programmable feed times, day or night, 7days a week
•Indoor or outdoor use
•Versatile stall or paddock mounting
•1 cubic foot capacity
•Handles a wide variety of feeds
•100% weather proof construction
•Battery operated, up to six weeks without a recharge
•Safe low voltage operating system
•Built in battery monitor for piece of mind
•No on-site wiring required
•Installs in less then 1 hour
Please visit our website at equineautomation.com for more details or call 203
-218-4945 to discuss your application.
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