My mare by herself eats close to nothing compared to my gelding. Whenever I put hay in the paddock it's gone so fast with him - they share a paddock. I bought a round hay bale (approx. 500 lbs) Sunday, and it was completely gone by this afternoon. This is the fastest they've ever gone through hay, and I spent $80 on it, and I cannot afford to keep giving them bale after bale after bale be it round or square. Does anyone have any recommendations of certain slow hay feeders? I saw the Freedom Feeders, and willing to give them a try with some good reviews. They're a little pricey, but if the big bale bag works like it says it does (last roughly 1000lb horse 5-7 days), then the $85 would be so worth it. Or if there is anything that works the same I'm willing to give it a go. And would slow feeding hay be any different then free choice just on the ground? I am slowly starting to gain weight on my gelding (just a little ribby), and I don't want him to drop any. Will this affect his weight?