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    12-16-2013, 11:59 AM
It's still utilizing a hay net, but this was our slow feeder solution. The barrels are bolted into trees and then we just fill each one with hay once a day. We have 6 of them set up for 6 horses so that everyone can have their own if they don't feel like sharing.

We would have like to put them down a little lower, but we have a certain 16H mare that already tries to get the tops off...don't want to make it easier on her and then find her with her head shoved down in the barrel. Kind of defeats the purpose.
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    12-16-2013, 06:56 PM
Hmm, looks pretty decent. But what about the jaw and the 'dining position'? And it it easily accessible?
    12-17-2013, 09:55 AM
They're low enough for the horses to eat with their heads down, but not low enough to mimic eating directly off of the ground. We had to compromise with the height for various reasons. They could be placed lower.

They are very easy to fill though. We drag 3 - 4 bales out, pop the tops open, dump 1/2 - 3/4 of a bale in each one and close them up.
    12-17-2013, 11:05 AM
I didn't read this whole thread, but is this solely for outdoor use? What about, like, the metal ones?

    12-17-2013, 04:05 PM
Even tho my nets were tied high the horses would pull hay out, lower their head to chew, check the mat underneath for blossoms, the reach up for another bite. As they chewed and swallowed the head was in a natural position. By the time the net was empty, it would be touching the mat.
    12-17-2013, 04:27 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Even tho my nets were tied high the horses would pull hay out, lower their head to chew, check the mat underneath for blossoms, the reach up for another bite. As they chewed and swallowed the head was in a natural position. By the time the net was empty, it would be touching the mat.
I will have to watch mine eating tonight and see if they do similar.

If you think about horses in the wild they don't necessarily eat with their faces down on the ground all of the time. They grab a bite and pick their head up some to look around while they chew.
    12-17-2013, 07:01 PM
Okay �� thanks
I think that the one barrel net thing was pretty good.. Wait... Then couldn't we just use a really big Haynet if they pull the hay out, and they move their head into position?
    12-17-2013, 08:45 PM
If you like the barrel idea, here is what I did.

I bought a big muck bucket from a local feed store, which eliminates having anything nasty in a used rain barrel. It was a super big sized hay net, and it had 2x2 inch opening, which was to big for my horses that are used to small mesh hay nets (it would last 3 hours), so I doubled it onto itself (folded it in half). Then I weaved a thick rope through the edges of the hay net, slipped it over the top of the muck bucket, and tie the ends tight. To prevent the horses from throwing it around I tied one handle to a tree.

Here is a close up of the edge. There is a lip on the bucket that keeps it down for the most part, but for more aggressive horses you might have to tie the hay net directly onto the bucket.

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    12-18-2013, 12:15 AM
Hhmm! That does look pretty effective... Do you think I could use one of the Rubbermaid round bins?
    12-18-2013, 10:40 PM
You could try, but I would worry about it not being hardy enough. If they are flexible at all, the top net could just pop off when the tub is shifted. If you have one lying around though I would give it a try.

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