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The Haygain Forager

Benefits

As grazing animals, horses have digestive systems that are designed to process forage in small quantities over several hours. The Forager Slow Feeder facilitates this in modern horse management by extending mealtimes without frustrating your horse. More time eating equals less time for boredom behaviours and food scarcity stress, especially for horses on restricted diets.


Prolonged chewing produces saliva that protects the horse’s stomach lining from naturally occurring acids. This helps reduce ulcer risk.


The Forager facilitates eating in a lowered-head position. This allows drainage of respirable particles and natural feeding posture in the jaw, neck and back.


Containing hay off the floor keeps it clean and reduces the waste of forage trampled into bedding, manure and urine.

Product Description

Two interchangeable regulator grids – easy and standard – allow individualization for each horse’s needs or to enable a gradual introduction to slow feeding. The regulator clicks on easily and securely for easy filling. Secured to a metal ring on the outside of the cylinder, the grid stays level as it lowers with forage consumption.


The base of the sturdy, durable Forager can be filled with sand for extra stability and fixing points to secure it to the stable wall if desired.


Designed to allow light and air into the cylinder, the Forager encourages horses to eat as nature intended.


Easy to assemble and break down for cleaning and travel.

Specifications

Hay Capacity: 26lbs of forage

Additional Features: Fully collapsible to allow for easy cleaning and portability

Product Dimensions: H 28inch x W 28lbs

Weight: 29.98lbs

Extras Included

1 Easy Regulator (White)

1 Standard Regulator (Green)

Downloads

Warranty

Your Haygain® Forager comes with a 1 year warranty.

The warranty covers the replacement of your Haygain® Forager or a part of it. The regulators are considered a consumable and therefore not included in the warranty. All replacements are at the discretion of Haygain®.

Terms of Warranty

The warranty is effective from the date of delivery.

• Before Haygain® replace your Forager under warranty, you must provide proof of purchase.

• If a part for your Haygain® Forager is no longer available, Haygain® will replace it with a similar functional part.

• Any replacement or exchange of your Haygain® Forager under warranty does not extend the warranty period.

Excemptions of Warranty

The warranty does not cover the following conditions:


• Normal wear and tear

• Accidental damage

• Use of parts or accessories that are not approved by Haygain

Delivery

The Forager includes FREE shipping*

Allow your horse to eat as nature intended
$390.00

Free Delivery!

  • 26lbs forage capacity
  • Reduces 
    forage waste
  • Proven to support digestive health

Need further assistance? 

Or call us directly on +1-888-307-0855 9am to 5pm EST Monday to Friday

Our Service

Free shipping directly to your stable (5 Business days)

Dedicated customer service team offering aftercare support

Expert advice from leading industry professionals 

Official supplier & partner of USEF

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Allow your horse to eat as nature intended

Sale Off
The Haygain Forager
$390.00

Free Delivery!

Need further assistance? 

Or call us directly on +1-888-307-0855 

9am to 5pm EST Monday to Friday

26lbs forage capacity

Reduces forage waste

Proven to support digestive health

Our Service

Free Shipping directly to your stable (5 Business days)

Dedicated customer service team offering aftercare support

Expert advice from leading industry professionals 

Official supplier & partner of USEF

Benefits

As grazing animals, horses have digestive systems that are designed to process forage in small quantities over several hours. The Forager Slow Feeder facilitates this in modern horse management by extending mealtimes without frustrating your horse. More time eating equals less time for boredom behaviours and food scarcity stress, especially for horses on restricted diets.


Prolonged chewing produces saliva that protects the horse’s stomach lining from naturally occurring acids. This helps reduce ulcer risk.


The Forager facilitates eating in a lowered-head position. This allows drainage of respirable particles and natural feeding posture in the jaw, neck and back.


Containing hay off the floor keeps it clean and reduces the waste of forage trampled into bedding, manure and urine.

Product Description

Two interchangeable regulator grids – easy and standard – allow individualization for each horse’s needs or to enable a gradual introduction to slow feeding. The regulator clicks on easily and securely for easy filling. Secured to a metal ring on the outside of the cylinder, the grid stays level as it lowers with forage consumption.


The base of the sturdy, durable Forager can be filled with sand for extra stability and fixing points to secure it to the stable wall if desired.


Designed to allow light and air into the cylinder, the Forager encourages horses to eat as nature intended.


Easy to assemble and break down for cleaning and travel.

Specifications

Hay Capacity: 26lbs of forage

Additional Features: Fully collapsible to allow for easy cleaning and portability

Product Dimensions: H 28inch x W 28lbs

Weight: 29.98lbs

Extras Included

1 Easy Regulator (White)

1 Standard Regulator (Green)

Downloads

Warranty

Your Haygain® Forager comes with a 1 year warranty.

The warranty covers the replacement of your Haygain® Forager or a part of it. The regulators are considered a consumable and therefore not included in the warranty. All replacements are at the discretion of Haygain®.

Terms of Warranty

The warranty is effective from the date of delivery.

• Before Haygain® replace your Forager under warranty, you must provide proof of purchase.

• If a part for your Haygain® Forager is no longer available, Haygain® will replace it with a similar functional part.

• Any replacement or exchange of your Haygain® Forager under warranty does not extend the warranty period.

Excemptions of Warranty

The warranty does not cover the following conditions:


• Normal wear and tear

• Accidental damage

• Use of parts or accessories that are not approved by Haygain

Delivery

The Forager includes FREE shipping*

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  • About Haygain
  • About Science
  • The Benefits
  • Technology
  • How to Use
  • Delivery
About Haygain

Haygain began when a group of riding enthusiasts in southern England became concerned about the coughing, nasal discharge, and other respiratory problems they observed in their horses.

They suspected that the airborne respirable particles naturally found in forage were the problem. Soaking hay, the centuries-old method of removing these particles, obviously wasn’t effective. High temperature steaming, on the other hand, appeared to be an excellent option to be looked into.

Following two years of research and development in cooperation with the Royal Agricultural University, the first manufactured Haygain hay steamer was launched on the equestrian market at the British Equestrian Trade Association Trade Fair in 2009. A UK patent was granted the same year.
The Science

Perfect to

Effective in reducing airborne respirable dust in hay by up to 99%

Kills the mold, fungal spores, bacteria and yeast that can cause equine asthma and chronic respiratory inflammation

Reduces the odds of having Inflammatory Airway Disease by 65%

Maintains nutrition and digestibility

The Benefits
Supports Respiratory Health
Post-Workout Recovery
Maintains Hydration
Increases Palatability
Supports healthy skin & coat
Optimise Performance 
The Technology
Robust steam 
generator
Haygain Boilers ensures the steam can reach over 100oc effectively killing the mold, fungi, yeast and bacteria and reducing up to 99% of respirable dust particles. 
Patented manifold system
The Patented Manifold design features a deltoid configuration resulting in the most effective way for injecting high temperature steam evenly throughout the whole bale of hay. The hay is steamed from the inside out! 
Thermally double insulated chest
Haygain chests enable the injected steam to reach ultra high temperatures, around 212ºF. The aluminium materials used for the manifold, help to raise the temperature in the chest, increasing the efficiency of the unit.
How to Use

Delivery

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All Hay Steamers include FREE delivery*. Please note delivery times vary depending on model, please see individual model for lead times.
If there are any access issues or restrictions please do let us know at info@haygain.us.
About Haygain
Haygain began when a group of riding enthusiasts in southern England became concerned about the coughing, nasal discharge, and other respiratory problems they observed in their horses.

They suspected that the airborne respirable particles naturally found in forage were the problem. Soaking hay, the centuries-old method of removing these particles, obviously wasn’t effective. High temperature steaming, on the other hand, appeared to be an excellent option to be looked into.

As the company has grown, we have added other complementary equine health products to our portfolio in keeping with our goal of helping owners to deal with the issues that come with the domestication of horses.

February 2017: Launch of the Haygain Forager, a slow feeder for horses that provides a natural way to slow down the pace at which they eat in order to reduce the risk of colic, gastric ulcers, obesity and laminitis; common side effects from stabling and infrequent eating. 

Design Features
Robust design with
patented attributes
The forager is fully collapsible to allow for easy cleaning and portability. The robust slit sides are designed to let in both air and light – this unique features ensures no hay is wasted and the forager remains hygienic. Specifically chosen horse-friendly colours and dimensions to satisfy even the fussiest of horses.  
Two interchangeable 
regulator grids
Two Interchangeable regulator grids letting you choose between two regulator difficulty levels – white (Easy) or green (Standard). A Regulator Refill Pack is available to buy here. The regulators are expected to wear over time and will need replacing. How often they are replaced will depend on the amount of use and force applied by the horse. 
Regulator click and
secure system
The EasyOn regulator click and secure system makes filling the Forager quick and easy.
The unique external metal slider prevents horses from bypassing or tipping the regulator. It also acts as a gauge so you can easily see from afar how much forage remains in the feeder. 
The Benefits
Regulates 
forage intake
Regulates 
forage intake 
Reduces forage wastage
Lessens muscle tension 
How to Use
$36.00
  • About Haygain
  • Design Features
  • The Benefits
  • How to use
  • FAQ's

About Haygain

Haygain began when a group of riding enthusiasts in southern England became concerned about the coughing, nasal discharge, and other respiratory problems they observed in their horses.

They suspected that the airborne respirable particles naturally found in forage were the problem. Soaking hay, the centuries-old method of removing these particles, obviously wasn’t effective. High temperature steaming, on the other hand, appeared to be an excellent option to be looked into.

As the company has grown, we have added other complementary equine health products to our portfolio in keeping with our goal of helping owners to deal with the issues that come with the domestication of horses.

February 2017: Launch of the Haygain Forager, a slow feeder for horses that provides a natural way to slow down the pace at which they eat in order to reduce the risk of colic, gastric ulcers, obesity and laminitis; common side effects from stabling and infrequent eating.
Design Features
Robust design with
patented attributes
The forager is fully collapsible to allow for easy cleaning and portability. The robust slit sides are designed to let in both air and light – this unique features ensures no hay is wasted and the forager remains hygienic. Specifically chosen horse-friendly colours and dimensions to satisfy even the fussiest of horses.  
Two interchangeable 
regulator grids
Two Interchangeable regulator grids letting you choose between two regulator difficulty levels – white (Easy) or green (Standard). A Regulator Refill Pack is available to buy here. The regulators are expected to wear over time and will need replacing. How often they are replaced will depend on the amount of use and force applied by the horse. 
Regulator click and
secure system
The EasyOn regulator click and secure system makes filling the Forager quick and easy.
The unique external metal slider prevents horses from bypassing or tipping the regulator. It also acts as a gauge so you can easily see from afar how much forage remains in the feeder. 

The Benefits

Regulates forage intake
Regulates forage intake 
Reduces forage wastage
Lessens muscle tension 
How to Use
FAQ's

Does The Forager really slow down eating? The holes look quite big.

The regulator of The Forager is less flexible than a haynet and therefore increases the difficulty of extracting hay through the holes. Testing was completed on several different variables, including loose hay and haynets, and showed an average 61% and 35% respective reduction with the easy white regulator and 106% and 73% respective reduction with the standard green regulator.

How does the feeding rate compare to a trickle/small-hole haynet, as opposed to a standard haynet?

Research by Ellis et al., (2015) looked at 4 haynets of varying sizes to establish the effect forage presentation had on intake behaviour. All smaller holed haynets (25-30 mm) were equally successful in slightly slowing feed intake down with an increased intake time of around 5 minutes/kg compared with the ‘large-holed’ haynet (75 mm). Night observations showed no difference in the time to finish eating between the haynets.


Ellis, A, D. Fell, M. Luck, K. Gill,L. Owen,H. Briars, H. Barfoot, C. Harris, P. (2015) Effect of forage presentation on feed intake behaviour in the stabled horse. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 165. 88-94.


In- house testing of the Haygain Forager has shown a reduction in intake rate by 35% compared with the white regulator and 73% with the standard regulator when compared to a haynet. CCTV footage has shown horses eating into their ration into the early hours of the morning, with the added benefit of being able to eat in a natural feed position.

How long does a regulator last?

The longevity of the regulator will vary depending on use but most customers can expect their regulator to last 3 months or longer.

How does the regulator stand up to horses’ teeth?

The regulator is made from a flexible engineered food-grade plastic. This material is designed to be more durable than a haynet but more flexible than a metal grid (which has also been known to damage a horse’s teeth). The regulator will experience normal wear and tear from repeated use and will need to be replaced occasionally, but a worn regulator should not pose a safety or health hazard to your horse.

How Is the regulator secured to prevent removal by the horse?

The regulators are secured using an EasyOn click and secure system, which allows you to easily fill The Forager while remaining secure when locked into place so that the horse is unable to remove them.

Is The Forager kick-proof?

The Forager has been designed to withstand a normal amount of horse interaction, including pawing, kicking, and scratching. We have observed horses interacting well and only in a playful manner with The Forager and have not seen them get frustrated enough to cause damage.

What is the purpose of the steel ring?

During the development of The Forager it became clear that regulator needed to be attached to the outside of the feeding area. The steel ring is what the regulator attaches to and what prevents the horse from tipping or by-passing the regulator. It is one of the components that makes The Forager unique and is an important part of its successful design.

What are the methods of securing The Forager? / Can The Forager be pushed over easily?

You may fill the base of the Forager with ~20 kg/45 lbs kiln-dried sand, or you may secure it to a metal tie-up ring on a wall on one or both sides using the tie up holes on the green top ring. The tie-up ring should be roughly the same height as the tie up holes.

I soak my hay - how does The Forager cope with wet hay (especially if you must weigh it down with sand)?

The sand is enclosed within the base; therefore, you can use soaked hay/dry hay/steamed hay/haylage in The Forager. The additional benefit of feeding soaked hay through The Forager is the drainage channels between the side walls.

What size pony can feed from The Forager?

The Forager can comfortably feed ponies as small as 10 hands.

FAQ's

Does The Forager really slow down eating? The holes look quite big.

The regulator of The Forager is less flexible than a haynet and therefore increases the difficulty of extracting hay through the holes. Testing was completed on several different variables, including loose hay and haynets, and showed an average 61% and 35% respective reduction with the easy white regulator and 106% and 73% respective reduction with the standard green regulator.

How does the feeding rate compare to a trickle/small-hole haynet, as opposed to a standard haynet?

Research by Ellis et al., (2015) looked at 4 haynets of varying sizes to establish the effect forage presentation had on intake behaviour. All smaller holed haynets (25-30 mm) were equally successful in slightly slowing feed intake down with an increased intake time of around 5 minutes/kg compared with the ‘large-holed’ haynet (75 mm). Night observations showed no difference in the time to finish eating between the haynets.


Ellis, A, D. Fell, M. Luck, K. Gill,L. Owen,H. Briars, H. Barfoot, C. Harris, P. (2015) Effect of forage presentation on feed intake behaviour in the stabled horse. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 165. 88-94.


In- house testing of the Haygain Forager has shown a reduction in intake rate by 35% compared with the white regulator and 73% with the standard regulator when compared to a haynet. CCTV footage has shown horses eating into their ration into the early hours of the morning, with the added benefit of being able to eat in a natural feed position.

How long does a regulator last?

The longevity of the regulator will vary depending on use but most customers can expect their regulator to last 3 months or longer.

How does the regulator stand up to horses’ teeth?

The regulator is made from a flexible engineered food-grade plastic. This material is designed to be more durable than a haynet but more flexible than a metal grid (which has also been known to damage a horse’s teeth). The regulator will experience normal wear and tear from repeated use and will need to be replaced occasionally, but a worn regulator should not pose a safety or health hazard to your horse.

How Is the regulator secured to prevent removal by the horse?

The regulators are secured using an EasyOn click and secure system, which allows you to easily fill The Forager while remaining secure when locked into place so that the horse is unable to remove them.

Is The Forager kick-proof?

The Forager has been designed to withstand a normal amount of horse interaction, including pawing, kicking, and scratching. We have observed horses interacting well and only in a playful manner with The Forager and have not seen them get frustrated enough to cause damage.

What is the purpose of the steel ring?

During the development of The Forager it became clear that regulator needed to be attached to the outside of the feeding area. The steel ring is what the regulator attaches to and what prevents the horse from tipping or by-passing the regulator. It is one of the components that makes The Forager unique and is an important part of its successful design.

What are the methods of securing The Forager? / Can The Forager be pushed over easily?

You may fill the base of the Forager with ~20 kg/45 lbs kiln-dried sand, or you may secure it to a metal tie-up ring on a wall on one or both sides using the tie up holes on the green top ring. The tie-up ring should be roughly the same height as the tie up holes.

I soak my hay - how does The Forager cope with wet hay (especially if you must weigh it down with sand)?

The sand is enclosed within the base; therefore, you can use soaked hay/dry hay/steamed hay/haylage in The Forager. The additional benefit of feeding soaked hay through The Forager is the drainage channels between the side walls.

What size pony can feed from The Forager?

The Forager can comfortably feed ponies as small as 10 hands.