Use the Porta-Grazer as a secondary feed source during introduction so the horse is calm and relaxed while learning to use the feeder
Attention: To avoid damaging your Porta-Grazer™, the drain plug should be removed and set aside. It is only used when you are actively soaking hay. If used outside this also prevents the feeder from filling up with water if it rains.
When you introduce the Porta-Grazer™, you MUST continue to feed as you normally do, and use the Porta-Grazer™ as a secondary source of feed for the first 5-10 days until your horse is accustomed to grazing from the Porta-Grazer™ and is properly rotating the pan.
***If forced to eat from the Porta-Grazer™ when overly hungry, or if not using it properly, the pan will receive excessive wear, cracking and damage.
Instruction for use
During the start up phase secure the feeder by one handle so that it sits flat on the ground and cant be tipped over. (secure it approx 4 inches above the handle)
When first introducing the Porta-Grazer™, put only enough hay in so that the pan sits down inside the barrel approximately 3 inches below the lip of the barrel. This will help your horse learn how to use the Porta-Grazer™.
When the horse is calmly eating from the Porta-Grazer™, discontinue any other hay sources. (minimum 5-10 days). You can now fill it allowing the pan to come above the lip of the barrel. (Don't over-fill) And you can also untie it at this time.
Need more help?
Does the pan keep coming out? Easy solution! If you have to push down on the pan to get it to lock in, it is over filled. Pressure from the hay pushing upwards on the pan will pop the pan right out if it happens to align with the notches. Take some hay out until the pan drops freely thru the notches
Once your horse is using the Porta-Grazer as its primary feed source feed enough hay that your horse is not hungry at the next feeding.
*****ATTENTION- if hay has not been eaten and the remaining hay is swirled in a circular fashion or if the pan is being damaged, refer back to the loading instructions on how to arch the hay.
Horses usually eat aggressively because they have been left too long without feed and/or they have stomach ulcers from rationed feeding. If aggressive feeding behaviors continue, contact your veterinarian.
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