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How are ulcers caused?

  • Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) is a leading causes of poor health and performance in the horse.
  • Horses graze for at least 18 hours a day at grass – buffering stomach acid naturally
  • Eating forage produces saliva which buffers acids produced in the stomach.
  • Even when there is no forage present in the stomach, these acids are still produced.
  • Horses fed hay only 3-4 times a day do not have the same capacity to buffer these acids.
  • Acids cause damage to the stomach lining leading to ulcers.
  • “93% of horses in training suffer from gastric ulcers”……1. Murray MJ, Schusser GF, Pipers FS, Gross SJ: Factors associated with gastric lesions in thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Vet J 1996, 28:368–374.

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Conventional Feeding Methods?

  • Current methods of feeding hay are wasteful & dangerous e.g. haynets, mangers, or the stable floor.
  • Dust from mangers placed at a height can enter the nostrils/lungs.
  • Eating at a height places strain on musculoskeletal structures.
  • Feeding hay is labour intensive and prone to significant wastage
  • Eating at a height prevents correct chewing patterns as teeth are not correctly aligned.
  • Difficult cleaning of Mangers as they cannot be removed.

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The Solution - Harmony Trickle Feeder

  • The most natural feeding solution to gastric ulcers
  • Constant Supply of Hay - Little and often
  • Holds enough hay for more than a day.
  • Controls how much hay the horse can access via a soft rubber finger mesh.
  • Allows the horse to eat in a natural grazing position at ground level.