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        10-21-2013, 08:09 AM
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    Originally Posted by Captain Evil    
    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.

    I actually meant the way they work and grind and grow is affected if the horses heads are raised rather than teeth getting stuck. Out equine dentist was very against the use of hay nets.
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        10-21-2013, 12:18 PM
    You can hang the hay nets so that they're just above the ground, so the hay is not elevated more than 12-18", but I still like some of the other ground based slow feeders better. Hanging a net that low is risky if your horse is shod, too. They can catch the back of a shoe in the net. It's also easier for them to put a foot on the net and rip it apart. The hay pillow I posted is also fed on the ground, but has a net in the front so is still a problem for shod horses. I'd love to know how well some of the home built slow feeders work. I haven't taken the time/money to put one together. Neither of my horses has traditional metal shoes, so the pillow and low hanging nets have been working for us.
        10-21-2013, 12:59 PM
    Wasn't the OP looking for Hay net free solutions?
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        10-24-2013, 09:16 PM
    Originally Posted by BigGirlsRideWarmbloods    
    Wasn't the OP looking for Hay net free solutions?
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    I was, but that was because I heard that Haynets weren't good and I should use something else
        12-09-2013, 09:21 PM
    Could I just use a bucket, hooked to a lower post on the fence and fill it with hay? Or is the barrel idea better? Could I use the bottom part of a barrel for a trough, and then do something to the other side?
        12-09-2013, 09:31 PM
    Bucket isn't big enough I have some deep feeding troughs & my horses still like to toss the hay out of them. Besides having a slow feed net or grate on them I don't see how to stop that practice
        12-09-2013, 09:36 PM
    Okay, I think that we just might pick up another rain barrel and secure it- so no horseys have a humongo treat dispensing toy all of the sudden. It would be relatively easy to cut a circle of plywood and cut holes in it, to fit in the rain barrel on top of hay right? Would most likely the horses take turns in it?
        12-09-2013, 11:04 PM
    They would probably fight over the hay if only one can eat at a time.
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        12-09-2013, 11:07 PM
    Oh :( hmm... Do you think a standard rain barrel could fit two heads? Heh if not we could just pick up another one. How much do you think they would run?
        12-09-2013, 11:17 PM
    I don't think the rain barrel idea is a good one. Goodness knows what someone actually stored in the barrels if you're buying used ones.

    Make a giant box and put a grate on it. Even lattice fencing will work.

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