How Porta-Grazer Can Help Prevent and Treat Laminitis
- Porta-Grazer™ can help prevent and treat laminitis by simulating grazing at a natural pace while not allowing sugar level spikes.
- When dealing with laminitis or founder many people try to restrict the horses volume of forage (in an effort to reduce the sugar / calories), which can lead to ulcers. Instead of reducing the amount of hay you need to regulate the sugar/calories IN the hay you are feeding.
- Porta-Grazer allows the horse to graze 24/7 buffering the acid naturally while giving you a way to regulate the calories/sugar to prevent or treat laminitis. Using low calorie grassy hay allows the volume the digestive system needs without the sugar/calories they don't need.
- The rotating pan prevents the horse from picking thru the hay. They can only get what comes to the top instead of searching thru and picking out the sugar first. This keeps the sugar intake at a constant safe natural level with no spikes in sugar levels. In most cases using a Porta-Grazer will eliminate the need to soak the sugar from the hay.
Porta-Grazer and Soaking Hay
Sometimes it is necessary to to soak the forage for immediate help with treatment of laminitis. All Porta-Grazer models have a built in drain to allow for easy soaking of the hay. When you reduce the sugar/ calories it allows the horse the ability to free feed therefor preventing the horse from getting ulcers and other digestive issues while treating the laminitis.
Since all Porta-Grazer models have a built in drain plug to make soaking easy. No more messy wet hay to deal with. Simply load the Porta-Grazer with dry forage per directions, fill with water, soak, then drain the water out and give it to the horse.
Similar to human type II sugar diabetes, you can safely eat sugar, but a bite an hour not a candy bar an hour.
I have had my porta grazers for years! Left out in all kinds of bad weather and doubled as a hen’s nest a few times 😂. They are tough! Never have cracked. It helped with laminitis and I didn’t even have to soak the hay. I placed them all around a sanded lot to encourage walking . Hardly noticed any waste! The first time they used it they were seriously angry to have work at it knocking it over and that tense look of ripping the hay out. They get used to it though if you don’t interfere with the process!
This was the only thing that saved my lame horse! Our pasture was too rich. I tried limiting his time out, a grazing muzzle, changing hay in his traditional feeders. And yet... Inflammation was in his feet and he would be lame again and again. Our vet suggested these feeders and Ive had a different horse since purchasing these! I cant believe how little waste we have and how all 3 of my horses took to them so fast. Weve already taken down our other feeders and swear by these PORTA-GRAZERs!