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Slow feed­ing is best for your horse.

Horses at pas­ture eat as na­ture in­tended. Graz­ing al­le­vi­ates bore­dom, which helps pre­vent be­hav­iors like crib­bing and weav­ing. Saliva from near-con­stant chew­ing con­tains bi­car­bon­ate that buf­fers the acid in equine stom­achs. The con­stant feed source helps horses stay more re­laxed over­all, as they suf­fer less di­ges­tive dis­com­fort and aren’t ob­sess­ing over food be­tween feed­ings. If pas­ture isn’t an op­tion for your horse, con­sider mul­ti­ple small feed­ings daily, free-choice grass hay, or a method of slow­ing his eat­ing and ex­tend­ing feed times.

Pas­ture turnout ac­com­mo­dates a horse’s “trickle feed­ing” na­ture—eat a lit­tle, walk a lit­tle, so­cial­ize a lit­tle.

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