At iFEED a major concern for us is making sure your horses are fed properly and trying to ensure that you’re not wasting your resources at the same time. Many people assume that if you're using an automatic feeding system that you will end up wasting feed or other resources (electric, time etc.), but with iFEED this is not the case. In fact we want to help you reduce wasted horse feed and help you to cut back on any costs that go along with it.
First of all how much SHOULD your horse be eating? According to myhorseuniversity.com, your horse should eat between 1.5-3% of its body weight in dry matter intake. This depends of course on your horse’s age, energy levels, and even its general appetite. iFEED products are great for making sure that you're reducing wasted horse feed and also insuring that your horse is not overfed, or able to over-eat.
When it comes to wasting grain, our products enable you to portion the amount of feed that your horse(s) can consume at once, which prevents them from over eating and making themselves sick in the process. Before iFEED, one common technique to prevent overeating would be to place large stones amongst the hay that force the horse to have to eat around the obstacle and usually end up frustrating them to the point of stopping once they are full and it is no longer worth the effort.
For hay and forage it can be tricky to monitor the amount being eaten and how much is being wasted. Some conditions to consider when attempting to reduce wasted horse feed include the following:
- Where is your horse eating, and do they ‘move’ some of their hay to eat elsewhere, to have access to water, shade, company, etc.
Eating while dunking in water often wastes hay and dirties up the water supply
- What is under the hay or food that they eat? Mat’s in stalls are great places to place food that prevent sand and dirt from being mixed into the food, which can be detrimental to your horses health as well as making some of the food unusable after a certain point.
- Consider your source of hay. If your deliveries of hay are questionable or of low quality you should consider other options (your horse WILL know the difference). You may even be able to pool together with other horse farms in your vicinity to get larger loads of high quality hay into your area.
These are just a few simple ways for reducing wasted horse feed while improving the quality of life for your horses!