And they promote good health. However, they’re expensive.
by Susan Quinn, Esq.
Any discussion about automatic horse feeders should start with a disclaimer that nothing can or should ever take the place of the human element in horse care. No horse should be left alone or unattended for extended periods of time for any reason.
That said, there may be situations where programmable devices to automatically feed horses may be beneficial to both horse and owner. From the facility with large numbers of horses to feed to the single horse laid up and in need of frequent, regularly-timed feedings or the horse owner with a hectic, unpredictable life schedule, automatic horse feeders can make caring for a horse easier. Furthermore, automatic horse feeders may be beneficial to a horse’s health.
Studies have shown that by nature horse while awake eat nearly constantly and that by their steady ingestion of small amounts of food, gastro-intestinal problems such as ulcers and colic are less likely. Makers of automatic horse feeders tout...