Frustrated by poorly constructed hay bags, Deb Rusden, owner of NibbleNet slow feeding systems, pulled from a diverse background that included hot air balloons and sailing loft canvases when she devoted herself to slowing down her horses’ feeding.
The concept of slow feeding employs a continuous feeding method that allows your horse to constantly forage, thereby stimulating his digestive system and his mind. Under these conditions the horse's body will work in better balance, as nature has intended. Slow feeders decrease the rate of consumption and therefore more closely replicate natural grazing. The digestive process is slowed down and nutrients in hay can be absorbed much more efficiently.
“The slow feeding concept is great for horses,” says Rusden. “It simulates grazing and makes them happier, calmer and less over-reactive.”
The NibbleNet® is designed, created and manufactured by Thin Air Canvas, Inc. Their slow-feeding system is veterinary recommended as an aid to prevent ulcers, colic, obesity and stall vices.
When eating hay with the specially designed webbing grid, the horse coaxes a stalk or two out with his lips, then grasps the stalks with his teeth and pulls them out with a quick, sideways motion that mimics the action of grazing. These nets can be helpful when you want to provide a more natural, healthful way for your horse to eat but you can't run out to feed every hour.
All materials used for the nets, also used in the yachting industry, are made from UV resistant, tough vinyl.
“Our nets are tightly woven to resist dirt and water absorption, are rot and mildew resistant, and have a higher resistance to abrasion, which significantly extends the life of the bag,” Rusden explains. “I’m also proud to say they are all made right here in the USA.”
With over 20 different styles, capacities that range from one flake up to a 50-pound bale, and hole sizes between 1.25 and 2 inches, Nibble Net has a bag for every situation.
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Interview with Deb Rusden
Listen to our interview with Deb Rusden about the Nibble Net.