Q: Which size is best for my horse?
A: If your horse is ever suffered a choke episode they need the large feeder. If you have a large breed horse you need a large feeder. Many horses that learn to eat from a large feeder, once they have learned to use the large feeder first, they will be ok with the small feeder on trips and at horse shows.
Q: Why is it so big?
A: PRE-VENT Feeders were designed with a horse’s large head in mind. The sloped walls give the horse the access he needs to move his tongue and lips from one compartment to the next with ease. The large size and patent pending "compartments" encourage your horse to keep his head down, which helps him focus on chewing, this increases saliva flow. Also, ask yourself should a 1000lb+ animal be feeding from the same size feeder as a 100lb animal (your dog)?
Q: Why did my horse knock it over and spill his feed?
A: Have you ever noticed that no matter what you feed your horse out of, he/she tries to dump it on the ground? This is because they feel most comfortable feeding from the ground, it's natural for them. We recommend installing your PRE-VENT Feeder® close to the ground to mimic this behavior. If he still spills his feed, it may not have been installed as recommended. No problem, just check out our installation instructions here: (Installation instructions.) If you have done this and are still experiencing a problem, contact us, we’ve been able to rectify most scenarios we’ve come across.
Q: What tools do I need to hang one of these feeders?
A: A drill, ¼” drill bit, Screw driver (either), pliers, and a tape measure will get you started.
Q: Why is my horse taking so long to eat his/her feed?
A: Slow is good! "Slower Horse Feeding" is one of the main reasons we've created these horse feeders. The patent pending design prevents the horse from bolting large mouthfuls of feed; this is key to preventing choke with a PRE-VENT Feeder®. If you allow your horse to bolt his feed, you are allowing him to skip one of the most important parts of the feeding process, the part where he actually chews it. When your horse chews his feed thoroughly, it receives a nice coat of saliva that is crucial to the digestive process. A reduced risk of Choke is a huge benefit your horse will experience when feeding with a PRE-VENT Feeder®.
Q: How can this benefit an already healthy horse?
A: PRE-VENT Feeders are multi-beneficial; from preventing feed bolting, to helping reduce feed waste (which pays for the feeder) and helping you get the feed and supplements in your horses belly and off the ground, it’s a winner for every horse! Did we mention slow feeding? Yep, it does that too! Chances are even your healthy horse has some bad feeding habits and there is not a horse on the planet that couldn't benefit from slowing down when feeding. PRE-VENT Feeders® are the perfect feeder for every horse, every time.
Q: Why did my horse not eat all of his feed?
A: It could be a number of things. He could be getting more feed than he needs? She could have an underlying health issue. (call a Veterinarian to be sure).
Q: Can you prove any of your claims?
A: Yes, (Texas A&M Study Link) a study was done in 2011 at Texas A&M University’s Department of Animal Science. In this study, 9 quarter horse geldings were fed twice daily for 3 days. The Original PRE-VENT Feeder® fared favorably when compared to two other popular feeders. It was shown to increase feed times by 30% on average and in the same study; it also minimized feed waste by almost 25% as published in The Equine Journal of Veterinary Science.
Q: So why does it cost more than other horse feeders?
A: It's actually priced competitively with most conventional horse feeders on the market. Also, we believe PRE-VENT Feeders pay for themselves in terms of wasted feed and supplements. This horse feeder is not just feeding your horse; it’s actually working to save you money every time you feed your horse out of it. Did we mention that our feeders are Made in the U.S.A. from heavy duty UV protected polypropylene? The PRE-VENT Feeder was designed to stand up to some of the toughest horses in the barn!
Q: Again, why are they so large?
A: Horses are large. If you need a smaller feeder; check out the small PRE-VENT Feeder it’s 1/3 smaller than the original, it is perfect for horse owners with space limitations.
Q: Why don’t I just use a muffin tin to feed my horse?
A: Because your horse deserves more than that. Also, we started the design process using several different shapes and ideas; we tried everything to get to this design. There were definitely muffin tin tests and the horses won every time.
Q: Why doesn’t it drain water when it’s outside?
A: Because we didn’t include holes, so horse owners that didn’t want them would be happy too. You may drill drain holes if you’d prefer it had them to assist with drainage.
Q: Do I have to buy PRE-VENT Feeder hardware?
A: No, we’ve seen folks tie/anchor them to trees, hitching posts, and fence posts with wire, rope, etc. We put the packs together because we feel it’s safer and less hassle to go look for hardware. We recommend using the correct hardware to install a PRE-VENT Feeder® whether you piece it out yourself or buy it from a PRE-VENT Feeders® dealer, it’s safer and it works.
Q: How high off of the ground should I mount it?
A: It depends on where you are installing it. If outside in a pen, paddock, or pasture you may set it on the ground while mounted at the top and bottom eye-bolt holes. In the stall, we recommend corner mounting it 6-8 inches off the bottom of the ground, the lower the better.
Q: What do you mean by "Natural Horse Feeding?"
A: This refers to your horses neck being fully stretched to the ground, just as it would be when grazing. This allows your horse to begin the digestive process properly, while he is still feeding. Obstructions in the esophagus, also known as "Choke" are created when a horse is allowed to take in large amounts of feed in huge bites from a flat bottomed feeder that is mounted too high. A Natural Horse Feeding position is best achieved with your PRE-VENT Feeder when it is mounted around 6"-8" (or lower) from the bottom of the feeder to the ground.
Q: What if my horse kicks his PRE-VENT Feeder or tries to put his hoof in it?
A: We recommend raising it up in 2-3 inch increments until he or she stops this behavior. Remember the "Natural Horse Feeding Position", try to keep it as close to the ground as needed to achieve this. If you are still not quite sure, give our homepage another look and look at "Monte the Mustang" feeding from his PRE-VENT Feeder. Take special notice to the hardware mounted at the bottom of the feeder; this is our "no-tip" feature, Thanks Monte!