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post #11 of 14 Old 10-17-2012, 10:47 AM
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For less than $15 she can get a slow feeder hay net. The mess is minimal because the animal has to take their time eating, and they tend to ingest the majority of it instead of spreading it around.

If your MIL would rather get rid of hay completely instead trying to find an easy, cheap alternative, then she shouldn't have horses. She has no concept of the health issues an all-grain based diet will cause.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-17-2012, 01:34 PM
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I would still be feeding hay, maybe if she doesn't want as much mess cut the hay in half and feed half in hay cubes. But I feel strongly that the long steam forage is a must. Feed the hay first so the horse is more likely to finish it up before getting filled up with the hay cubes/grain.

I would never ever take the hay right out of the diet unless the horse had a major issue with it health wise

I also second the slow feeder hay net, that would help alot.

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Does the hay rack have a feeder pan under it? That alone would reduce the amount of hay that falls to the ground and gets wasted.

I like slow feeder nets, but if she's feeding the hay, I can bet she wouldn't like the hassle of putting it in the net...
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Originally Posted by verona1016 View Post
I like slow feeder nets, but if she's feeding the hay, I can bet she wouldn't like the hassle of putting it in the net...
That's true. They're a major PITA at first. Once you get used to stuffing them they don't take as much time, effort and frustration, but when I first got mine I wondered if the hassle was worth it.
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