Collection: Forager

The Haygain Forager, with interchangeable forage regulators, has been researched and developed to regulate the pace at which your horse eats, whilst allowing it to feed in a natural position. The forage regulator separates the horse from the hay or haylage; the horse pulls the forage through different holes, imitating grazing behaviour. Feeding through the forager allows your horse to enjoy its forage for longer while the Forager’s innovative design allows access for light and ventilation, making it easily accepted by your horse.
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  • The Haygain Forager Bundle

    Regular price €2.239,93
    Regular price €2.559,92 Sale price €2.239,93

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    Weight Mangement:

    Encourages your horse to eat small bites, slowly, over several hours

    digestive support:

    Aids in prevention of gastric ulcers/colic

    musculoskeletal support:

    Lessens muscle tension in the back and neck

    Reduce Waste:

    Reduces forage wastage by keeping hay contained
  • The Haygain Forager Slow Feeder

    Regular price €319,99
    Regular price Sale price €319,99

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    Weight management:

    Encourages your horse to eat small bites, slowly, over several hours

    Digestive Support:

    Aids in prevention of gastric ulcers/colic

    Musculoskeletal support:

    Lessens muscle tension in the back and neck

    Reduce Waste:

    Reduces forage wastage by keeping hay contained
  • The Forager Regulator Refill Pack

    Regular price €59,50
    Regular price Sale price €59,50

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    Weight Management:

    Two regulator grids letting you choose between two regulator difficulty levels

    Digestive Support:

    Encourages your horse to eat small bites, slowly, over several hours

    Patented Design:

    EasyOn regulator click and secure system

ABOUT HAYGAIN

Horses were meant to live in the wild.

They don't.

Our practical, science-backed equipment addresses the equine health challenges that come with modern equine management.

As herd animals, horses have physical, psychological and behavioural needs that are difficult to fulfil in domesticated life.

Equine veterinarians, nutrition and behavioural experts, scientists and -- above all -- true horse people contribute to the design, manufacture and
evolution of Haygain's products.

We are proud to help you help your horse. And to help horses live healthy, happy lives.

THE HAYGAIN WAY

As a component of Haygain’s management-based approach to long term horse health, the Forager is an ideal complement to Haygain Steamed Hay. The Forager contains the steamed hay, preventing the contamination that occurs when hay is mixed in with stall bedding, manure and urine.  

The hygienic quality of Haygain Steamed Hay lasts at least 24 hours and the Forager enables horses to enjoy and get the benefits from that healthy hay for extended periods. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

DOES THE FORAGER REALLY SLOW DOWN EATING? THE HOLES LOOK QUITE BIG.

The regulator of The Forager is less flexible than a haynet and therefore increases the difficulty of extracting hay through the holes. Testing was completed on several different variables, including loose hay and haynets, and showed an average 61% and 35% respective reduction with the easy white regulator and 106% and 73% respective reduction with the standard green regulator.

HOW DOES THE FEEDING RATE COMPARE TO A TRICKLE/SMALL-HOLE HAYNET, AS OPPOSED TO A STANDARD HAYNET? 

Research by Ellis et al., (2015) looked at 4 haynets of varying sizes to establish the effect forage presentation had on intake behaviour. All smaller holed haynets (25-30 mm) were equally successful in slightly slowing feed intake down with an increased intake time of around 5 minutes/kg compared with the ‘large-holed’ haynet (75 mm). Night observations showed no difference in the time to finish eating between the haynets. Ellis, A, D. Fell, M. Luck, K. Gill,L. Owen,H. Briars, H. Barfoot, C. Harris, P. (2015) Effect of forage presentation on feed intake behaviour in the stabled horse. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 165. 88-94. In- house testing of the Haygain Forager has shown a reduction in intake rate by 35% compared with the white regulator and 73% with the standard regulator when compared to a haynet. CCTV footage has shown horses eating into their ration into the early hours of the morning, with the added benefit of being able to eat in a natural feed position.

HOW LONG DOES A REGULATOR LAST?

The longevity of the regulator will vary depending on use but most customers can expect their regulator to last 3 months or longer.

HOW DOES THE REGULATOR STAND UP TO HORSES’ TEETH?

The regulator is made from a flexible engineered food-grade plastic. This material is designed to be more durable than a haynet but more flexible than a metal grid (which has also been known to damage a horse’s teeth). The regulator will experience normal wear and tear from repeated use and will need to be replaced occasionally, but a worn regulator should not pose a safety or health hazard to your horse. 

HOW IS THE REGULATOR SECURED TO PREVENT REMOVAL BY THE HORSE?

The regulators are secured using an EasyOn click and secure system, which allows you to easily fill The Forager while remaining secure when locked into place so that the horse is unable to remove them.

IS THE FORAGER KICK-PROOF?

The Forager has been designed to withstand a normal amount of horse interaction, including pawing, kicking, and scratching. We have observed horses interacting well and only in a playful manner with The Forager and have not seen them get frustrated enough to cause damage.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STEEL RING?

During the development of The Forager it became clear that regulator needed to be attached to the outside of the feeding area. The steel ring is what the regulator attaches to and what prevents the horse from tipping or by-passing the regulator. It is one of the components that makes The Forager unique and is an important part of its successful design.

WHAT ARE THE METHODS OF SECURING THE FORAGER? / CAN THE FORAGER BE PUSHED OVER EASILY?

You may fill the base of the Forager with ~20 kg/45 lbs kiln-dried sand, or you may secure it to a metal tie-up ring on a wall on one or both sides using the tie up holes on the green top ring. The tie-up ring should be roughly the same height as the tie up holes.

I SOAK MY HAY - HOW DOES THE FORAGER COPE WITH WET HAY (ESPECIALLY IF YOU MUST WEIGH IT DOWN WITH SAND)? 

The sand is enclosed within the base; therefore, you can use soaked hay/dry hay/steamed hay/haylage in The Forager. The additional benefit of feeding soaked hay through The Forager is the drainage channels between the side walls.

WHAT SIZE PONY CAN FEED FROM THE FORAGER?

The Forager can comfortably feed ponies as small as 10 hands. 

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