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    10-19-2013, 02:21 PM
Wdblevin, put a small tarp or plywood under the net. As the horse pulls the hay, the very desired blossoms fall to the ground and the horse may be ingesting sand as he picks these up. Horses that do periodically ingest a little sand are actually wearing the points off their teeth. (nature's dentist)
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    10-20-2013, 03:40 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
wdblevin, put a small tarp or plywood under the net. As the horse pulls the hay, the very desired blossoms fall to the ground and the horse may be ingesting sand as he picks these up. Horses that do periodically ingest a little sand are actually wearing the points off their teeth. (nature's dentist)
Good idea... I actually had a mat underneath the original placement of the nibblenet to try to limit Chuck's sand intake. Then as the buggies became voracious, I moved the net into an in/out stall with a fan to give our boy some relief from the bloodsuckers. The stall has a concrete floor, so that is handy.

    10-20-2013, 04:53 PM
I like the idea that they are bending down to eat rather then reaching up. I can't tell you how many times my horses eyes will start to tear when he ate from a hay net. I have to show those pics to my friend, I call her horse the hay vacuum, I have never seen a horse eat hay as quick as hers.
    10-20-2013, 07:28 PM
I've started using something called the hay pillow for my pony. She is a very aggressive eater and the hay lasts a long time for her. They are meant to just be put out on the ground, although there's also a hanging version. They are a lot more durable than just a net.

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    10-20-2013, 09:35 PM
I have a huge Cinch Chix hay net that I put in a big, heavy water tub. When stuffed, it weighs about 40 pounds, and Ahab can still drag it out of the tub and around his paddock. Also, the hay that falls out into the bottom quickly gets moldy. You have to tip the tub over every day, and that also gets old. Maybe a grate in the bottom would solve that problem.
    10-20-2013, 10:20 PM
I have two Porta Grazers. They're a little expensive but they are amazing! They're easy to fill and really slow everything down. They're also way more durable than slow feed hay nets. Porta-Grazer - Slow Feeder, Slow Hay Feeder, Horse Hay Feeder, Restrictive Feeder, Natural Hay Feeder
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    10-21-2013, 01:06 AM
If the horses tip the bucket and push it around or paw at it, what keeps the restrictor pan in?
    10-21-2013, 02:33 AM
Originally Posted by Captain Evil    
If the horses tip the bucket and push it around or paw at it, what keeps the restrictor pan in?
The restrictive pan is EXACTLY the right side to fit in the bucket, perfectly straight. If it gets tipped in any way it catches on the rounded lip of the bucket. Plus the restrictive pan has 6 inch walls so it can never flip over in itself. Watch the video in the site and he demonstrators it. For the XL version it does the same thing but goes one step further in that the pan has tabs that need to be aligned to get it in ir out. Something easy for people with opposable thumbs but impossible for horses.

I have both sizes, the XL for my warmblood mare and the original size for my yearling. They push them over and stand them back up all day long and in the 4 years since I bought my first one (the green original version w/o the tabs, the pan has come out only accident once, which in guessing us statistically about right. The holes are too small to put a hoof through so it wasn't a big deal.

Like I said my horses are super tough on them (they're like horsey weeble-wobbles that dispense food.

Also they have a plastic drain plug that can be removed with a wrench for cleaning, or if your horse is a jerk and kicks it outside and it gets filled with rain. *raises hand*
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    10-21-2013, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
What people aren't keeping in mind is that a horse's jaw is designed to eat at ground level. As the horse lowers it's head, it's lower jawbone moves into "dining" position. A hay net can touch the ground if the area is clean or covered.

Yes, raised net can cause huge problems with teeth.
    10-21-2013, 09:06 AM
Originally Posted by Clava    
Yes, raised net can cause huge problems with teeth.
Mine reaches from the stall ceiling to the ground, and touches the ground when it starts to thin out. Sometimes Ahab can get the hay out, but other times it just sits there. I don't know if the hay is too coarse or if his ... well, I don't know why he can't work it sometimes, but he can't. I got the biggest size openings they offer.

I also built a steel frame and secured a net inside, like a sheet, which rides up and down inside a huge, sturdy plastic tub. But I am afraid he will get a tooth caught in the net, and, of course, without a grid bottom old hay quickly piles up. Even after a day or two the bottom layer it is inedible.

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