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    04-09-2013, 12:34 PM
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They come in all kinds of sizes: small enough to hang in the trailer all the way up to large enough to go over a round bale. Be sure to get a small hole hay net; the regular ones have very large holes and won't slow down your horse at all.

I used to have a Freedom Feeder mini until it disappeared from my horse's stall It's gone up in price since I first bought it, so I ended up replacing it with a SmartPak Small Hole Hay Net. This one is a lot bigger, which is good (because it holds more hay) and bad (because it hangs down too low to trailer with)

Hay nets do cut down on wastage- though my horse doesn't tend to leave a scrap of hay behind, hay net or not. You can hang the net above a plastic bin or bucket to catch anything that falls if it seems like there's still a lot going to waste.

Some horses are very hard on their hay nets and tear them apart quickly, but I think for most horses they last quite a long time.
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    04-09-2013, 12:55 PM
Thanks, all of those look really good! I really like the one in the first link that Kayella put, it looks like it will really slow down his eating.

My mule eats all his grass and then he starts calling every five minutes and I can't just keep giving him more because he gets too fat even though I feed him only Bermuda grass. So I think the net would work really good. :)
    04-10-2013, 11:54 AM
I invented the Freedom Feeder Slow Feed "Pasture in a Net" 6 years ago and am a pioneer in the slow feed movement. I've pretty much seen it all and have transitioned 1000's of horses back to grazing through small mesh hay nets. The key to getting the horses to slow down is to provide low calorie/high fiber hay in the nets 24/7 so you are satiating them physically and mentally retraining them that they will never be without food again causing their empty stomach to burn with stomach acids. 99% of horses will transition back as their digestive system hasn't changed, only the way they are fed has. There are videos and a ton of information on my website FreedomFeeder.com and lots of photos from happy customers at our Freedom Feeder Facebook plus I am available for personal help. Our nets are made here in the USA, come in 1.5" mesh and 3 different capacities. We can also do custom net capacities and shapes and smaller 1" mesh upon request. I am here to help your horses life healthier, happier lives.

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