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Slow feeding you horse is considered the next best thing to grazing. Grazing, according to the authors of "Horses For Dummies", "is the human equivalent to working, reading, or watching TV." I am certain the authors would agree that slow feeding using the Drury Healthy Horse Feeder provides mental stimulation as well as nutrition. 

The following exert is quoted from the book: Horses For Dummies Horses evolved on grassy plains, and in nature, horses spend most of their time grazing. The equine digestive system supports almost constant consumption of low-grade grasses. 

The equine brain is also designed for plenty of foraging and chewing. Grazing for a horse is the human equivalent to working, reading, or watching TV. For a horse, grazing provides not only nutrition, but also mental stimulation.

The ideal situation for a horse is to be in a pasture, where he can munch on grass for nearly 18 hours a day. A horse that can do just that is going to be a happy, well-adjusted critter that can give in to the natural urge to chew, chew, chew.

Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, providing a horse with pasture isn’t always possible. many horses - especially those in more urban areas - live in small dirt paddocks or tidy box stalls, without access to grass. Sometimes, these grazing-deprived horses develop stable vices because they are bored and frustrated by their inability to express their natural urge to graze.

For horses that can’t graze in field of grass, the next best thing is frequent feeding of roughage, like hay. You must feed horses a minimum of twice a day for basic nutrition. More frequent feedings are even better for their brains and help keep their digestive tracts working properly.

Horses For Dummies
Audrey Pavla, Janice Posnikoff, DVM
Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
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