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The Harmony Equine Hay Feeder is unique. It is a new concept in equine feeding systems: feeding hay all day long in a controlled manner to mimic natural grazing patterns while allowing the horse to eat at ground level
Developed by a Veterinary Physiotherapist, this product offers a revolutionary and innovative new system for feeding hay to horses which delivers improved physical and psychological health for the horse whilst also providing significant savings in terms of veterinary treatments for ulcers, labour and time savings, and reduced hay wastage
Harmony Equine Hay Feeder is protected by a European Community Design Registration and is patent-pending
Benefits of the Harmony Equine Feeder Include:
• Allows the horse to eat at ground level in the natural grazing position
MICHAEL O'TOOLE - VETERINARY SURGEON AND INTERNATIONAL EVENT RIDER, IRELAND
I started using Harmony Trickle Feeders a couple of years ago,having been kindly sponsored by the company. I very quickly noticed the benefits of the trickle feeder system, and it wasn’t long before the whole yard was converted! As a veterinary surgeon & international event rider I felt uniquely placed to assess the merits of the product from two different but equally important view points. I am convinced that the majority of health & behavioural issues that arise in our equine athletes can be directly attributed to how far we have “removed” them from their natural state of being/habitat. Realistically speaking of course these athlete’s environments have to be altered to cope with the demands of their sport & other management practicalities. However, if we can allow them to pursue one of their most basic natural activities, ie. grazing/eating, as if doing so in the field, then something profoundly beneficial has been achieved both mentally & physically in my opinion.
I read a very interesting paper recently which very much confirmed my concerns with regards feeding horses hay/haylage at an unnatural level, ie. Hay nets/racks from the wall. This study found that there was considerably less muscle tension in the top line of horses that ate from ground level than those eating from racks/nets. In addition, cervical spinal alignment was shown to be adversely affected by abnormal feeding positions. Practically speaking, this has been proven in my yard by the positive feedback from our Physio since the introduction of the feeders, as well as a noticeable improvement in the horses suppleness both on the flat & over fences. The two main problems with just throwing hay on the stable floor are (a) waste & (b) dramatically reduced fibre chewing time (which has been proven to be one of the main causes of gastric ulcers in competition horses, and an often over looked cause of poor performance).
Before introducing the harmony feeders, I had two horses in the yard on long term anti-ulcer treatment, which was both costly & frustrating. Within 6-8 weeks of being fed with the feeders, gastric scopes of both horses showed no evidence of ulceration & I was able to discontinue treatment!…. RESULT! The harmony feeders had paid for themselves in my yard in less than a year, both in terms of waste reduction & medical expenses. Maintaining a healthy respiratory system & managing the yard to achieve this is probably one of my main priorities. The respiratory damage caused by something as basic as a horses feeding position can be very underestimated. Competing at the highest level, or indeed any level comfortably & efficiently is next to impossible if our horses wind is not optimal. Mucocilliary clearance of fungal spores, dust, harmful microbes etc. is directly affected by feeding position & is fundamental to our horses respiratory health. Conditions such as C.O.P.D., guttural pouch mycosis, persistent lung infections, respiratory bleeding etc. are very much reduced by feeding position & pattern in my opinion.
Another welcomed benefit to the harmony feeding system in my yard was with a particular mare I had in work who had a serious penchant for wind sucking! This particular vice can damage/wear down incisor teeth & occasionally lead to colic if excessive amounts of air are taken into the digestive tract. Apart from the physical reasons, I dislike seeing horses in the yard do such things as it is invariably a physiological response to a perceived “stress”, such as boredom, excessive time spent in the stable etc. Interestingly, horses with gastric ulcers can engage in this habit also. In my mare’s case, the wind sucking didn’t stop completely upon the introduction of the feeders, but the frequency of the behaviour reduced dramatically to the extent that I would rarely catch her doing it anymore!..
Again, the harmony feeding system providing me with practical evidence of its benefits. I would say that one of the most important, cost effective & beneficial decisions I have made in the running of my event yard was the introduction of the Harmony trickle feeding system. Healthier, happier horses grazing as nature intended. THANK YOU Harmony!!
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