Little & Often – The Science

Feeding Little & Often is the way forward.

Current scientific data suggests that a product like SiMPLEFEEDER is an aid for the digestive system of your horse, improving the animal’s welfare through the management of its feed intake. Feeding little & often optimises the digestibility of the feed so that the horse now gains its full nutritional value.

An Evaluation of a Trickle Feeding System for Horses

S. Hardman & B. Younge.
Dept Life Sciences, Equine Science, University of Limerick

the science of feeding little & often to a horse

Extracts from findings:

  • Meal times longer on trickle feeding system ( Feed intake rate reduced )
  • Resting bouts increased with trickle feeding (Manual fed horses more active with bedding)
  • Trickle feed storage was mycotoxin free

The Effect of Feeding Frequency on Feeding and Resting Behaviours

A. Irvine & B.Younge.
Dept Life Sciences, Equine Science, University of Limerick

Extracts from findings:

  • Trickle fed horses took more drinking bouts at meal times (Horses drank more frequently before and after feeding when fed more often)
  • Spent more time foraging
  • Displayed more resting bouts (at night)
  • Trickle feeding slowed down the rate of intake

The Effect of Feeding Frequency on Nutrient Digestibility

K. Jones & B.Younge.
Dept Life Sciences, Equine Science, University of Limerick

Extracts from findings:

  • Trickle fed horses showed increased nutrient digestibility (Crude protein and Organic Matter digestibility increased over time)
  • Trickle fed horses gained weight

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