When it comes to wasting grain, our products enable you to portion the amount of feed that your horse(s) can consume at once, which prevents them from over eating and making themselves sick in the process. Before iFEED, one common technique to prevent overeating would be to place large stones amongst the hay that force the horse to have to eat around the obstacle and usually end up frustrating them to the point of stopping once they are full and it is no longer worth the effort.
For hay and forage it can be tricky to monitor the amount being eaten and how much is being wasted. Some conditions to consider when attempting to reduce wasted horse feed include the following:
– Where is your horse eating, and do they ‘move’ some of their hay to eat elsewhere, to have access to water, shade, company, etc.
Eating while dunking in water often wastes hay and dirties up the water supply
– What is under the hay or food that they eat? Mat’s in stalls are great places to place food that prevent sand and dirt from being mixed into the food, which can be detrimental to your horses health as well as making some of the food unusable after a certain point.
– Consider your source of hay. If your deliveries of hay are questionable or of low quality you should consider other options (your horse WILL know the difference). You may even be able to pool together with other horse farms in your vicinity to get larger loads of high quality hay into your area.
These are just a few simple ways for reducing wasted horse feed while improving the quality of life for your horses!