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    08-02-2012, 10:42 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by ozarkmama    
Cruiser,
I am looking at making something like one of these:

Slow Grazer - Slow Hay Feeder

Patti's hay feeder - Paddock Paradise Wiki
I made something very similar as the Slow Grazer for my alpacas (who eat as much as horses I think) and they learned really quickly to eat down one side so the other side flips up and doesn't restrict the hay. I've read that horses will do the same thing with most grid type tops.
     
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    08-04-2012, 07:03 PM
  #12
Yearling
I like the box with grid, but that would be a problem if she flipped it to get the hay, but the picture shows a lip/lid around the edge so if it wasn't to deep or the was deep with a raised bottom. (wider than deep). Do you think that would keep it from being flipped?
     
    08-13-2012, 12:20 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cruiser    
I like the box with grid, but that would be a problem if she flipped it to get the hay, but the picture shows a lip/lid around the edge so if it wasn't to deep or the was deep with a raised bottom. (wider than deep). Do you think that would keep it from being flipped?
I think we are going to go with the box style with a hinged lid. The lid should keep the grid from getting flipped. Will let you know how it works out.
     
    08-13-2012, 06:00 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Cruiser    
I like the box with grid, but that would be a problem if she flipped it to get the hay, but the picture shows a lip/lid around the edge so if it wasn't to deep or the was deep with a raised bottom. (wider than deep). Do you think that would keep it from being flipped?
After observing the animals flipping the lid and viewing the boxes pictured in the links, I do think the lid with a lip would really help to keep them from flipping it.
Looking forward to seeing what works for you guys.
     
    08-13-2012, 07:23 PM
  #15
Foal
slow feeders

Slow feeders should be safe to use, and not have the hay nets hit the ground or lay on ground,
     
    08-14-2012, 10:38 PM
  #16
Yearling
I have 2 types of slow feeders. I have the home-made box with a wire gate on top that fits 3 squares on their sides (I leave the wire on). I also have the CinchChix slow feed net for round bales. I love them both.

It cuts waste significantly. I have 2 rounds with 10 geldings and it lasted 6 days longer with the nets than without for a total of 14 days. The box type will only accommodate 2 horses at a time.. 3 if they are especially buddy buddy.

Hard Keepers - Slow feeders are IDEAL for hard keepers because the smaller amounts over a longer period of time increase digestion and absorption.
I also have horses missing teeth and they make it work too.

WARNINGS- No shoes with nets. There is a learning curve and they will be pissy ponies for a couple days if sharing with a group. It WILL eventually help calm things down by keeping them busy but it will cause fights a first.

You can check out the pictures of my slow feeders on my facebook wall photos. www.facebook.com/starlinestables.
     

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