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Angel Eating out of the Grazing FeederAngel eating out of her new Grazing Feeder. 2 or 3 horses will usually eat out of the feeder at one time. After lessons learned in previous designs (including horses destroying previous boxes), we made many adjustments and came up with this for our final design. Most notably, we now use a 4ft x 4ft metal grid with 3" spacing, this is the perfect spacing to limit the horses grazing speed to just about 2% of their body weight, which is perfect for free-feeding foliage. Since we have so many horses in one of our pastures, competition during feeding time used to be pretty strong. It caused the horses to eat their hay too quickly. Because there is so much competition, some horses being "easy keepers", while others required more feed, it was difficult to accurately regulate their feed. They end up starving in between their 3 meals a day. We constructed the JediHorsemanship Slow Feeder to slow down their consumption of food and prolong the food supply. We found that it saves us about 30% of the hay over free feeding because no hay is wasted.

You can order a Slow Feeder from: JediHorsemanship Grazing Feeder
Using wood screws rather than nailsWe used high-quality wood for the construction of the JediHorsemanship Slow Feeders for maximum durability of even the most destructive of horses.
Completed Grazing FeederCompletion of the Grazing Feeder. Going with our metal grid is a little more expensive, but it has been worth it. The horses are unable to pull this grid out or destroy it. We also increased the durability of the construction to ensure long-lasting life from the feeder. The bottom of the inside of the feeder is flat so that the horses are not motivated to move the feeder. Wood chewing used to be a serious issue for our horses as they would get bored, but since using the Grazing Feeder, they no longer chew any wood or fences since they are getting their daily requirement of foliage.
Transporting the Grazing FeederThe box weighs in around 160lbs, which is good for the horses, making it difficult to move or pick up. One of our Pintabians has been known to pick up and move or overturn feeder troughs and feed bins to get the food underneath or behind. The size and weight of this box discourages him from picking it up and it's proven to be very sturdy. Since it's heavy, we used the tractor to transport the boxes into the pastures. The first ones we actually carried by hand, but this proved to be a little easier on the back.
Eating from the Feeding GrazerTwo of our horses eating hay from the Feeding Grazer slow feeder. It should be pointed out that the horse on the left is the herd boss/alpha mare, she is a full Arab mare. And the horse on the right is at the bottom of the totem pole, typically chased by everyone in the herd. He is a Kentucky Mountain horse. They are able to eat together because the slow feeder provides enough slow feeding that there is no need for aggression. The other benefit is that when she does try to chase him off, there is a barrier between them that protects him.
Eating from the Feeding GrazerDetailed view. As they eat the hay, the grid slowly falls, keeping the supply ready. This grid proved to be much more difficult for the horses to pull out. Even though several of our geldings pull and grab stuff, destroyed the vinyl lattice, they have not been successful in grabbing and removing this metal grate.

To order a Slow Feeder, go to: JediHorsemanship Grazing Feeder
Local pickup and delivery in Eastern Washington or Northern Idaho. Shipping is also available. Please contact us for a shipping rate.



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