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Why Use the Slow Hay Feeding Method?

Slow feeding is now noted as the best feeding method for most grazing animals, with limited access to pasture, or stabled horses. Although slow feeding benefits all grazers, the advantages for equines, in particular, are substantial.

Foraging behaviour for the average equine is about 13 to 15 hours a day when allowed free access. The Equine is designed with a small stomach, made for small but regular meals. When access to pasture or forage is limited, we then put them at risk for both health and behavioural issues. The two flakes of hay fed twice a day - is just not the correct way to feed.

The stomach of a horse is constantly producing hydrochloric acid. When a horse chews and eats, saliva is produced (up to 30 litres per day). In addition to lubricating food, saliva's role is to neutralize the effects of stomach acid. When fibre is not being consumed, saliva production stops, resulting in the buildup of acid in an empty stomach. Ulcers can begin to form and bring about symptoms like cribbing or colic and behavioural symptoms, such as bucking, rearing, and ear-pinning.

" I wish I bought this before! ...

I've been using NAG Bags slow feeders for about 4 months and it is so great!! It really saves me time and money! No more soiled hay to on the ground to scrape and pick up! And my horses are so calm because they don’t have an empty stomach!"

"Amazing quality and long lasting! ...

These nets are fantastic! My show horses get the small square size in a 1” when stalled, and it keeps them busy and grazing all night long. I’ve only just replaced mine after over 2 years of continuous use and very minor repairs. The quality is much better than other nets as well. I’m very happy with the results and I’m sure my horses are too!"


Mimics natural grazing

Healthier digestion & consumption

Bronchial & inhalant allergies are reduced significantly

Improves quality of life for grazing animals

Regulates insulin levels

Curbs cribbing & other stall vices

Prevention of ulcers & colic

Obese horses lose weight & hard keepers gain weight

Horses are never without forage 


Saving you time & money

No more wasted hay

Eliminates time spent on cleanup

Horses are always performance-ready

Provides up to 24/hr forge - no rushing home to feed

Less behavioural & health issues

Less worry

Happy healthy animals = happy owners

So how does NAG Bags help?

NAG Bags slow down the intake rate at which grazing animals consume their hay, thereby allowing appropriate digestion and improved nutritional uptake; this translates to a healthier digestive system, better weight control and improved quality of life.

In addition to improved horse health and behaviour, NAG bags benefit owners, managers, and breeders by saving both time and money. Feeding frequency can be cut down to once a day feeding, or in the case of round bale covers, as little as once per month, depending on your herd size. When you're away for the day, there is no more rushing home to feed. An added benefit is that horses are always ready to perform or play, which means more riding time. NAG Bags can reduce your feed costs by 30-50% with the elimination of wasted hay.

To keep your animals' foraging longer, we have many sizes to fit your animals’ needs. Whether you feed by the flake or big bales, we have you covered.

Know that when you utilize a NAG Bag to slow-feed your grazing animal, you will be using the most effective feeding method for keeping them healthy and happy. It can take a few days for your animal to adjust to using a slow feeder, but 98% will choose it over loose hay after becoming accustomed to the net. They know what makes them feel good!

Be sure to visit ourFAQs section to learn which NAG Bag is suitable for your animal. If you find that you need a little help getting started, please give us a call – we would love to be of assistance!