Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
Metal slow feeders bad for teeth?
My parents are looking at buying a boarding barn. All of the stalls have slow feeders in them. I think slow feeders are a fantastic idea with many merits and I'd love to continue using them, but the slow feeders currently there are the style with metal grates... rather than the softer/more flexible netting style.
I am very concerned that the metal grates might be able to wear, chip, or even break a horse's teeth under the right (or wrong) conditions. I would like to replace the grates with nets, but I have to convince my parents that this is a legitimate concern. To me it seems like common sense, but they want actual "proof", ie articles and/or websites which state that damage to a horse's teeth is a real concern. I'm trying to do the research myself, but I'm having difficulty finding a "legitimate" source and I was hoping that one of you might know where to look.