I have a horse that suits my needs just fine. Not too juicy but definitely not a deadhead and looks at cows. About 6 years ago I had a wreck on a horse and had pretty much given up riding again, just because it takes too long to rehabilitate after 50. I love riding too much though and after about 4 years started walking around on one of the kids horses. We own a ranch and do the majority of our cattle work on horses, so I talked my husband out of a little horse called 87. When we bought him he would always come up with a snotty nose and cough in the springtime. We’d give him penicillin and then he was usually fine. Vet check told us his lungs were fine. His cough would disappear. Looking back this coincided with us turning him into a grass pen. Sometime during the summer last year I decided his pen was getting a bit short of grass so I forked some grass hay over the fence that had been cut that week. The hay hadn’t even been in a bale. The next day he had whitish nasal discharge and would have spasmodic coughing fits to the point that I wouldn’t take him out of a walk. Mmmm :( heaves. I tried feeding him cubes but he would gobble up his daily allowance and be really hungry afterward. He needed more chewing time! Watering hay in the summer would work but during the winter I didn’t want to end up with a frozen mess and feeding him hay was definitely not an option if we wanted to keep him healthy for a lot of years. I began to search earnestly for an answer and it was about this time that we went to the Canadian Supreme in Red Deer, AB where we had a booth. Across the aisle I met a lady named Mandy who had what they called N.A.G. Bags (That stands for Natural Alternative Grazing). She showed me some photos of the bags in action and said that they had some customers who had success with feeding horses with heaves. I bought one thinking it would at least be worth a try.
This is his 4th day with the bag. The first day he ate almost a whole small square bale of grass hay! He had been wanting to chew for a long time. Every day I have been putting him on a lunge line for 10 mins or so with no coughing, gurgling or nasal discharge. I’m so happy to have found the N.A.G. Bags - it has been a real answer for 87 and I!