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post #11 of 24 Old 11-04-2012, 07:08 PM
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Just back from the stall. The grate had settled at least 2 inches. Since this morning feed, it would equal maybe 2 pads in 7 hrs. No hay on the ground. Stall is hay free. Now I know where the hay is going. When we put him up, he went to his food bucket which was empty, then straight to the box and started nibbling on the Bermuda that was sticking up. He had already eaten what Alfalfa that was there from the morning. I think he thinks he is grazing from the ground. As far as eating the grate, from what I've seen, when the hay is sticking up, he grabs the top and rips it, just like grass in the field. I did see him go to far and grab the grate with his teeth but let go when he realized something was not right. Have 2 strips of wood on each side to keep him from pulling the grate out. I am still testing pulling it up thru the grates making it look like grass standing. When it is completely eaten down, he uses his lips to pick it. You Tube "slow hay feeders". Best description is the videos. The one thing I am 100% assured of is since Friday morning he has eaten at least 1/2 of a bale of Bermuda that he would not have touched in a hay rack.
Another BIG thing I am starting to noticed. No racetrack around a 16x12 stall. Was the racetrack caused by boredom? Did not cut it tonight. Tomorrow morning will tell if he is acquiring a taste for the Bermuda.
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post #12 of 24 Old 11-04-2012, 11:39 PM
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My friend tied up laundry baskets to the side of the fence and used them as modified slow feeders. Granted, they were for her minis - not sure if full sized horses would do any damage to them but it worked really well!
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post #13 of 24 Old 11-05-2012, 02:54 PM
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just back from the stall. the grate dropped almost 2 inches which may mean about 2 pads of Bermuda with no Alfalfa mixed in. Don't know if it is necessary to pull the hay up thru the grate, but it is working so I'm not going to change. On the way to a bale a week. Looks like this in turning my fussy hay eater to normal. Here are a couple more pics.
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post #14 of 24 Old 11-05-2012, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Skeeterbit, I am so glad that you are having success with the slow feeder! My gelding also was picky before, and would spread his hay ALL OVER the place. Now he actually eats every last bit.

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post #15 of 24 Old 11-09-2012, 11:08 PM
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Not home made, but I am a HUGE fan of the Porta-Grazer:
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post #16 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 11:10 AM
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Slow hay feeding - Using a tractor tire with a grate??

I have a tractor tire that I use right now. I am looking for a round grate that I could place on top of the hay - any suggestions on where I could find a grid wall or grate that is round? Needs to be 2" squares and 36" diameter. Obviously grilling grates are too small of squares. Any suggestions?
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post #17 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 11:16 AM
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Horse lover77 if you live in an area where there is UFA
UFA is a live stock store and they have a bunch of mesh in their warehouse sooooooo just ask them if you can take a look at their mesh salection
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post #18 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 12:09 PM
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Unfortunately, we do not have anything close to us. Probably 200 miles away. Any other ideas?
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post #19 of 24 Old 11-20-2012, 08:19 PM
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I run the rope down along one side weaving it as I go to shorten the rope. This prevents the almost empty bag from touching the ground. I'll then tie as high as possible. One horse got pretty ugly with it until it whapped him up the side of his face. That settled him down. One horse is too handy with his feet and that can be hard on a low hanging net. Chick's does run out but they'll restock as soon as possible. It's happened before.
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post #20 of 24 Old 11-21-2012, 06:05 AM
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The NIBBLENET Slow Feeder Hay Bags - - Official website of The NIBBLENET Slow feeder Hay Bag - Slow Feed Hay Bags for Horses

I love these "nibble nets." To me they seem reasonably priced; they are extremely durable.

For my mare that bolted her hay and could not have enough to eat all night or she would get fat, I got the one with extra small holes. Now it takes hours for her to eat even the amount of hay she is allowed. I rest easier knowing she has food in her stomach nearly 24/7.

My other mare was one that dragged her hay around and peed on it, wasting lots of nice hay. She has one with regular sized holes. She is a hard keeper, but seems to actually digest better when fed through a slow feeder.

The reasons I chose these particular nets:

I've heard some horses get sores on their lips from eating through plastic or wire.
These are easier to load than a hay net, so my barn owner does not mind loading them; it doesn't take her extra time.
The bottom has openings (some hay nets have solid bottoms) so dust and chaff don't collect for my horse to breathe in. Also, the horse can eat all the hay instead of losing some on the bottom.
Very safe design to prevent horses getting stuck or tangled.
Tough material.
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