Benefits of Feeding Horses at Ground Level

Why should I feed my horse from a feeder placed at ground level?


1. Feeding at ground level is better for a horse's ability to chew and completely grind food.  It is also beneficial to equine respiratory and digestive health.

According to Lisa Ross-Williams in her article entitled, "Equine Dentistry: A Necessity, Not an Option," "Failure to feed at ground level is another contributing factor in dental imbalance. When in the natural ground level feeding position, a horse's lower jaw slides forward into proper grinding position. However, when fed at shoulder level or higher, he is forced to chew with his molars not properly aligned, causing other issues and partially chewed food."

Read Lisa's entire article here:  

Dr. Martin Adams, PAS, Equine Nutritionist for Southern States, says, "How we feed horses can be as important as what we feed. Horses are designed to eat off the ground, e.g. from ground level, which is evident in the fact that the lower jaw slides forward into proper grinding position only when its head is down. Eating from a raised feeder results in improperly chewed food, improper tooth wear, decreased saliva, increased incidence of choke, and respiratory issues from more inspired dust and mold in hay and grain."

2. Feeding at ground level is the most natural position for a horse to eat. Take it from wild horses:


From the article, "5 Things Wild Horses Can Teach Us About Horse Care," by EcoEquine:

Wild horses graze vast grass and pasturelands and most of their food is consumed in a heads down position. As a result, they take smaller mouthfuls of food, chew it more thoroughly, it mixes with saliva better, which helps reduce the risk of choking and impaction colic.

The grazing position during eating allows for correct anatomic positioning of the structures of the mouth, throat and muscles of the jaws and esophagus to aid swallowing of food and its passage to the stomach. It keeps food from being aspirated into the respiratory tract, and prevents dust and debris in the feed from being breathed in through the nostrils.

When horses eat from ground level, they actually chew more, and food is better prepared for breakdown in the digestive tract. When digesting well-chewed food better absorption takes place so the horse receives all the benefits of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the food.


Which feeders help provide a way for horses to eat grain, minerals, and hay from ground level in any setting, pasture or stall, without the need for attachment to a fence or wall, while allowing the nosing and horseplay that horses LOVE to engage in while eating - and all of this without the problem of spillage?  ROCKINGHORSE FEEDERS!

Rockinghorse Feeders!

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Just How Durable and  Long-Lasting


Rockinghorse Feeders?

Strength and Durability

The food-grade LLDPE (linear low-density polyethylene) plastic polymer Rockinghorse Feeders are made of comes with a standard 8-year UV (ultraviolet light) package. This means that it can sit in the Arizona sun for 8 years before the polymer even BEGINS to break down.

We think that's impressive! What other horse product can you purchase for under $100.00 that will last 8 years in the Arizona sun before it even BEGINS to break down?

The food-grade LLDPE (linear low-density polyethylene) plastic polymer that Rockinghorse Feeders are made of is STRONG. To get an idea of just how strong it is, consider the strength of a Rockinghorse Feeder in cold conditions. Even at a temperature as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, Rockinghorse Feeders can withstand 45 foot pounds of impact. Minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit is BITTERLY COLD! Many plastic materials will shatter at the freezing point, but Rockinghorse Feeders can take impact in minus 40-degree weather. Of course, this impact resistance is even greater in unfrozen conditions and warmer temperatures. With the added benefit of a 1/4-inch thick wall, and made with the process of rotational molding, Rockinghorse Feeders are THE stalwart choice in animal feeding buckets!


Color Longevity

The blue color of Rockinghorse Feeders is also food-grade color. The color of your Rockinghorse Feeder will stay vibrant and only begin to fade a small amount after a year of sun exposure, and even at that point the color will just become a bit lighter with time, which is merely aesthetic and will have no negative effect on the functionality or food-grade quality of the feeder.

So, are Rockinghorse Feeders durable, and will they last for years?  Yes and yes!

Rockinghorse Feeders!

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What is so special about Rockinghorse Feeders?

Why do I need one?

Q & A Session

I've seen everything out there, so how do Rockinghorse Feeders compare to what is already on the market in terms of horse feeding buckets?

Rockinghorse Feeders are incomparable. There truly is nothing like them on the market today in terms of horse (or other animal) feeders. Rockinghorse Feeders give you and your animals all of the following:

1.  A way to feed that requires no attachment of the feeder to a wall or fence AND without the usual problems of feed spillage. Rockinghorse Feeders have a special design, including a weighted bottom, which means they pop back into an upright position after being tipped laterally. There is a "lip" at the upper rim which keeps feed from going over the side wall when the feeder is tipped/pushed. The result is a completely satisfying feeding experience for both you and your horse! It's a win-win. The nutrition you provide your horse (and we all know feed is expensive) stays in the bucket, right where you want it, even when your horse tips the feeder and pushes it while eating.

2.  A way for your horses to engage in the nudging and pushing of their feeders (we all know they love that!) without spilling their feed.

3.  A superbly constructed feeder that you won't need to replace anytime soon!  Made of linear low-density polyethylene by the method of rotational molding, Rockinghorse Feeders are strong. The 1/4-inch thick wall is thicker than other buckets on the market today which are intended for horse feeding. The weight mounted to the bottom of a Rockinghorse Feeder is a 9-pound cold rolled steel disk painted with black enamel. At 16 pounds total weight, Rockinghorse Feeders are heavy and durable while still being portable enough to take on the road with you to shows, trail rides, and other events.

I feed my horses in stalls, not in a pasture situation, and my feed buckets/troughs are wall-mounted. Why do I need a Rockinghorse Feeder?

Rockinghorse feeders are for more than outside feeding situations. They're perfect for stall use, especially since it's best to feed your horses at ground level, whether you feed in a stall or in a pasture.

I feed my horses with their feed buckets secured about chest high to a fence or a wall.  Why would I want them to eat from a feeder at ground level?

It is the recommendation of equine veterinarians, equine nutritionists, and equine dentists that horses be fed in their natural grazing position, which is at ground level. Please see the article on our www.rockinghorsefeeders.comwebsite, entitled, "Why Feed Horses at Ground Level?" for further information where you will find quotes from above-mentioned professionals about the importance of feeding at ground level.

Just a few of the health problems which are caused by horses being fed from feeders that are above ground level are as follows:

-Improperly chewed food resulting in digestive problems, including colic

-Respiratory difficulties

-Dental imbalance

My horse eats quietly and really isn't "pushy" with his feed bucket, so why do I need a Rockinghorse Feeder?

It's wonderful to have a quiet horse at feeding time, one that doesn't make a crash dummy of his feed bucket! We have some of those, too, and we're happy about it, to say the least.  But Rockinghorse Feeders aren't for rowdy and playful equine diners! A Rockinghorse Feeder provides a way for your horse to eat at ground level and not spill his feed, even accidentally. Horses with the best table manners can accidentally knock over a feed bucket that is on the ground and not attached to a fence or a wall. In fact, there's always a use for a Rockinghorse Feeder with any horse or in any feeding situation! How many times have we all had our horses in the aisleway or in the paddock waiting for the farrier or the vet and wish we could just put a water bucket or a little snack in front of them but don't want any spilling happening? Also, how many times are we at a show and don't want to have to figure out a way to hang a feed bucket on the wall or the front stall grate? Rockinghorse Feeders provide the solution to those and many more situations!

For pasture and/or stall feeding, I already have a trough/feeder that is immovable; there's no problem with feed spillage, and I'm happy with my setup. Why do I need a Rockinghorse Feeder?

The answer to this question, simply, is portability. Many of us utilize feeding methods in the paddock or barn which involve stationary feeders. Rockinghorse Feeders provide the perfect portable feeding solution! Take your feeders on the road to shows , trail rides, and events, and never wonder how you'll attach a feed bucket to a wall in a show facility or overnight stabling situation.

I don't feed dry grain; my horses are given their feed moistened or even wet enough to be deemed "soupy." Can I feed wet feed or put water in a Rockinghorse Feeder?

Yes, Rockinghorse Feeders are perfect for feeding moist feed or wet mashes.  They make excellent waterers, too!

I don't have a horse.  Why do I need a Rockinghorse Feeder?

Rockinghorse Feeders are perfect for feeding many animals other than horses.  The benefits and uses of these feeders are endless for so many of our furry loved ones in the animal kingdom, including goats, cows, alpacas, llamas, exotics, as well as large breed and giant breed dogs!


Rockinghorse Feeders!

The perfect, patented, no-spill, portable feeding solution!

Made in the U.S.A.!

(800) 743-5426

What is LLDPE?  

LLDPE:  Linear Low-Density Polyethylene


Your Rockinghorse Feeder is made of food-grade LLDPE, linear low-density polyethylene.  LLDPE is an extremely durable plastic from which many strong products designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor use are made, including kayaks, children's playground equipment, agricultural containers, and culinary products. Below is technical information on polyethylene in general and linear low-density polyethylene in particular.


Definitions of Resins - Polyethylene

This plastic came to the fore during the World War II years, first as an underwater cable coating, then as a critical insulating material for such vital military applications as radar cable. It was not until the end of the war that the plastic was taken off allocation and freed for consumer use. From that point on, its rise in popularity for both consumer and industrial uses was so spectacular that polyethylene became the first plastic in the U.S. to sell more than 1 billion pounds a year. Today, it is still the largest volume plastic in the United States; in fact, it is the largest in the world. Applications for polyethylenes are many and varied, including: packaging films; trash, garment, grocery and shopping bags; molded housewares; toys; containers; pipe; drums; gasoline tanks; coatings and many others. Polyethylenes are thermoplastic resins obtained by polymerizing the gas ethylene [C2H4]. Low molecular weight polymers of ethylene are fluids used as lubricants; medium weight polymers are waxes miscible with paraffin; and the high molecular weight polymers (i.e., over 6000) are the materials used in the plastics industry. Polymers with densities ranging from about .910 to .925 are called low density; those of densities from .926 to .940 are called medium density; and those from .941 to .965 and over are called high density. The low density types are polymerized at very high pressures and temperatures, and the high density types at relatively low temperatures and pressures. A relatively new type called linear low density polyethylene is manufactured through a variety of processes: gas phase, solution, slurry, or high pressure conversion. A high efficiency catalyst system aids in the polymerization of ethylene and allows for lower temperatures and pressures than those required in making conventional low density polyethylene. Copolymers of ethylene with vinyl acetate, ethyl acrylate, and acrylic acid are commercially important.



LLDPE (Linear Low Density Polyethylene) has a significant number of short branches. Because it has shorter and more branches its chains are able to slide against each other upon elongation without becoming entangled like LPDE which has long branching chains that would get caught on each other. This gives LLDPE higher tensile strength and higher impact and puncture resistance than the LDPE. It has a density of 0.91-0.94 g/cm3.



Rockinghorse Feeders!

The perfect, patented, no-spill, portable feeding solution!

Made in the U.S.A.!

(800) 743-5426

A Cold Weather Test

Our loyal (and courageous) customer, Jeannie Cook, has been putting her Rockinghorse Feeders to the test! She braved the deep freeze January 21st through January 28th, 2016, and did a cold weather challenge with her feeders. Below are her findings. We at Rockinghorse Feeders are pleased to hear from our customers that our feeders do what they're built to do! Jeannie even included pictures for days 3 and 4! Thank you so much, Jeannie!


Day 1/2: Thursday night I poured 5 gallons of water into the feeder. Temps
were going into the teens (F). Friday morning - Temps in low teens (F), water frozen solid. I hurt my hand trying to push the bucket to try loosening the ice. I was not able to take photos because it was too dark before and after work. 

Day 3: Saturday morning - Ice was cracked; bucket was NOT.

Temps were in the teens (F) overnight and low 20s (F) during the day.


Day 4: Sunday morning - Temp about zero (F). Ice cracked further. Bucket still solid.


Day 6: Tuesday I turned it over to let the ice melt out of it since we were having temps in the upper 30s (F).


Day 7: Wednesday I lifted it to see how much of the ice had melted. I gave it a few taps with my boot. The plastic is still strong, no cracks.


Day 8: I gave it some harder kicks this morning, still holding up great! The ice is just swirling around.


Rockinghorse Feeders!

The perfect, patented, no-spill,

portable feeding solution!

Made in the U.S.A.!

(800) 743-5426