Questions & Answers
This page is for common questions we are asked.
If you have any questions youd like answered feel free to contact us!
Porta-Grazer is 100% USA made. We manufacture them in Chino Calif. We do have dealers in other countries that we ship containers to to sell to customers in those countries.
The mini model is designed for miniature horses...It is not recommend for daily use for full size horses. Its only 18 inch tall.
The XL model and the Corner Feeder models are designed for all other horses.
There is a key hole in the side wall of the pan... Point that keyhole towards the handle with the arrow on it. (In the case of the corner feeder point it towards the handle)
Not if you feed a low calorie type forage. When free feeding you do not regulate the volume... Horses are designed to have forage 24/7 to buffer the stomach acid that runs 24/7. You regulate the calories IN the hay that you feed.
Each horse has different calorie needs.. Meet those needs by the type of hay you feed. A low calorie grass hay is better for the horses digestive system than to feed 2 or 3 meals of high calorie hay where the horse goes long stretches with nothing in in its gut.
Yes! All model have a drain plug to make soaking or rinsing hay easy! Place the hay in the feeder per the directions, place the pan in, and fill with water. When you are done soaking simply drain the water and give to you horse.
The Porta-Grazer is made from a food grade plastic that is designed to be softer than normal healthy horse teeth. If the horse bites or scrapes its teeth on the feeder you will see that the plastic gives.
If you are seeing teeth marks on the pan this indicates that the horse is having trouble getting the hay out. Check to make sure the proper pan is being used, and that the hay is loaded correctly.
Yes, you can ration feed using a Porta-Grazer. Though horses are designed to have forage at all times.
Each horse needs its own feeder. If there is only one feeder available the dominate horse will take it. When feeding in a herd setting you need 1 feeder per horse and spread them out so no horse can "guard" the feeders preventing the lesser horse from eating.
Yes, all Porta-Grazers are round. The Corner Feeder has extra plastic on the one handle so if you wish to secure it in the corner of a stall it looks flush with the wall.. It can be used anywhere- inside, outside, when your traveling etc.
Yes The corner feeder is designed to be used anywhere, inside or outside.. It is made from the same material as the other models. And has a drain plug as well.. It is portable just like all Porta-Grazer models.
The mini model holds approx 2 average size flakes
The XL model holds 3 average size flakes and is designed to be filled twice a day -morning and evening.
The Corner Feeder model holds 6 average size flakes- enough hay to last most self regulated horses approx 24 hours. Its designed to be filled once a day.
When securing in a stall place an eye bolt approx 4 inches above the height of the handle then secure it thru one handle..
When securing to a post go thru the handle then around the post approx 4 inches above the handle.
You want it to sit flat without being able to be tipped over.
Do not go around the barrel. Use the handle.
Make sure the barrel is not sitting on anything abrasive.. Being made from plastic any sand, pebbles, etc can wear down the plastic over time..
A mat placed under the feeder will help protect it, it will need to be swept often to prevent sand, dirt etc being trapped under the feeder that could wear on the plastic.
The Porta-Grazer does NOT have to be tied after the introductory period. They are designed to be rolled around by the horse. The hay will stay in.
These feeders are rather large and can not be stacked inside each other. Each feeder must ship in its own box.
It is not recommended to feed grain in the Porta-Grazer Each Porta-Grazer has a trough at the bottom of the barrel. Debris, sand etc is trapped there so the horse can not ingest it. If you place grain in the feeder some will be shaken down into this trough.
Yes, the Porta-Grazer has a pellet pan designed specifically to feed pellets when hay is not an option. By using a low calorie type hay pellet such as timothy pellets your horse can be free fed same as if it were grazing on hay. The pellet pan only allows a few pellets at a time to be rolled onto the pan for your horse to eat so only a few at a time are taken into the mouth so they can be chewed thoroughly.
99.9% of the time this is caused from over filling the feeder.. When the feeder is stuffed full and you have push down to lock the pan in this creates a lot of pressure from the hay pushing upwards against the bottom of the pan... When the pan spins and happens to align with the notches the pressure from underneath pushes the pan out.
Solution-- When you put the pan in it should be able to drop freely down thru the notches WITHOUT pushing it down.. It should spin easily once locked in..
Yes You can feed cubes. You would need to use the pan with the lowest hole count.
When feeding a mix of coarse and fine type hay you will need the pan with the least hole count.. In the XL this would be the 6 hole, in the corner use the 8 hole.. This allows you to feed any type of hay and any combination of hay.
The Porta-Grazer is not designed to force your horse to "slow down" or make a small amount of hay last all day. The Porta-Grazer is designed to allow your horse to graze naturally.. There is nothing natural about forcing your horse to try and get its forage from tiny holes.
The pan is designed to lift and hold the hay so the horse can size and tear off bites same as if grazing on pasture. Using the proper hole count is very important.
By trying to use a pan with smaller holes than is called for will force the horse to eat down thru the holes, causing damage to the pan over time. Not to mention cause frustration and anxiety for your horse.
When a horse is having difficulty getting the hay they will push down and try to grab the hay thru the holes. The holes may become jagged or misshapen. You may see teeth marks around the hole, kinda like a starburst.. If this goes on for too long without correcting the issue you will start to see cracks in the plastic between the holes. This is caused by the horse constantly pushing down to grab bits of hay.
The easiest way to prevent this is to make sure the proper hole count is being used and make sure the hay is being loaded correctly.
The pan is designed to lift the hay up to the horse, if it cant pick up the hay then the horse is forced to try and eat down thru the holes which damages the pan over time.
Yes... The foal will learn to use the feeder by imitating the mare.
The goat in the right pic is a La Mancha. His lack of "ears" is a normal breed trait.
Yes and No First does your animal have horns? If so you will most likely not want to feed in the Porta-Grazer since the lip of the barrel could catch the horns. If your critters do not have horns then your next step is to measure the animal in question. For some goats/sheep the mini works great! Just keep in mind that if they cant reach into it they cant get the feed. You want to have them drop their head to the ground and measure from where their neck ties into their chest straight down to the ground. The mini model is 18 inches tall.. Next is to use the 8 hole pan. They eat differently than horses so using the 8 hole is required.