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post #1 of 8 Old 09-10-2012, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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hay net slow feeder

So I am ordering a hockey goal net to make a slow feeder big enough for a bale of hay. I was wondering if anyone else has done something similar and how it worked out for them. Also with a slow feeder that big how long do you guys think it take one horse to go through it? The bales are pretty large I would say around 100 pounds and sometimes smaller no less than 80 pounds.

I am also going to set it on top of a pallet to keep it off the ground, but my concern is if it rains the bottom getting nasty so I think I'm still gonna put it on a pallet but have it set up right so only a small part is on the pallet and tie it to the fence.

Any pointers would be great :)
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-11-2012, 05:51 AM
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From what you described, it sounds like you are leaving hay out in the open for your horse to feed on 24/7. I would not put the hay on a pallet because a horse can easily step on it and injure himself on the wood and/or nails.
It is far safer to simply feed the horse on the ground if you don't have a sturdy container or feeder for the hay and no natural or manmade shelter to put the hay under. Another concern is baling twine if you're just putting a whole bale out for the horse, leaving the twine intact. It's best not to feed a horse that way because you risk the horse getting tangled in the twine too.
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I made two nets out of baling twine, they each hold about 50lbs of hay, 5 thick flakes. Had to make the holes a bit bigger to accommodate for the oat hay. I've watched mine, they do pull out a little at a time and hay consumption is down a good 30%.
Mine hang between two fenceposts resp. between two poles in the shed. We don't have very much rain here but I think that if the hay gets wet it shouldn't do much, since the water can get out.
I wouldn't put it on a pallet, tho, too dangerous when they do step on it. You could lay it on a rubber stall mat to keep it out if the dirt. Oh, and no shoes on horses with slow feeder nets!
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-12-2012, 01:46 PM
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I've always like the setup Freedom Feeder shows with their bale net- they put it in a big plastic trough with small holes cut out on the bottom of each side so they can tie it down.

You can see it better in their YouTube video (they put it in the trough around 4:20):

I wish I could fit that in my horse's stall
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-12-2012, 02:12 PM
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Smaller trough, smaller net and half a bale? That should fit. I got a 35 gallon water trough, I think a bale would fit in it with a little squeezing..........definitely need to look into this
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I built a hay feeder for round bales and just ordered a net to use as a slow feeder. I'm on my phone, so I can't post pics, but will post hem when I get back to my computer.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-12-2012, 07:11 PM
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This is my hay feeder:

And I bought a square of netting from here: Custom Netting Panel

I needed something covered and off the ground as I only have 2 horses eating on a round bale.

ETA - The waste around the side is from a really coarse bale I gave them to pick through, there is next to no waste so far with the good round bale. It'll be even less once I have the net in place.

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