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post #1 of 2 Old 09-19-2012, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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slow feed hay bags

I recently bought a slow feed net for round bales. So far so good except I keep repairing it. Has anyone used this in winter?? If I don't use it my 2 geldings will eat a 1300lbs round bale in 1 week. When I use the net it lasts close to 2-3 weeks. I also use slow feed bags to hang in the trees and the horses seem to prefer them over a pile on the ground. Does anyone else have opinions on these nets?
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-19-2012, 09:25 AM
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I've been using slow feed hay bags for just over a year now and love them. Haven't used a big one on the round bales yet although I love the idea. So far I just control that by closing them off to it. They only have access to a round bale about 6-8 hours a day. Anyway, I too had to alter my hay bags a little. The draw string they come with is useless. It's thin and easy to break. So I pulled them all out and repaired that with a nice thick nylon rope. Much better. I also have a horse that likes to chew on the bottom corners of the bag out of boredom once the hay is gone so I cut the bottom of the bag off and wove a heavier metal ring through the bottom edge so now the bag has the tear drop shape and no corners sticking out. For some reason now he doesn't chew on it. He just thought the corners were convenient. But other than those minor repairs, I love using slow feed hay bags and I'll buy more as my current ones wear out.
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