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post #11 of 22 Old 10-04-2012, 08:13 PM
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I was tired of wasting so much hay feeding on rubber mats and if I placed the hay in tubs the girls would just knock it out. I purchased two nibble nets, the 9 inch width with two inch holes. The horses loved them and I wasn't wasting any hay. The horses are kept busy and don't gobble up they hay as fast! I loved then so much I purchased the 12 inch width with 1/2 inch openings. Love these bags more! We have one eye hook in the wall, the staps hang through that at the top. We found securing the bottom with eye hooks and attaching the bag with double ended snaps keeps the bag secure without using a strap on the bottom. We hang them with the bottom slightly above the chest. Our mares have no difficulty eating from them and I have found hanging the this way has been safe! I open the top while it is hanging, put the hay in, snap and they can enjoy. These are not cheap, but the initial cost has been well worth it. Saving money with no hay waste.
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post #12 of 22 Old 10-04-2012, 08:14 PM
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I was tired of wasting so much hay feeding on rubber mats and if I placed the hay in tubs the girls would just knock it out. I purchased two nibble nets, the 9 inch width with two inch holes. The horses loved them and I wasn't wasting any hay. The horses are kept busy and don't gobble up they hay as fast! I loved then so much I purchased the 12 inch width with 1/2 inch openings. Love these bags more! We have one eye hook in the wall, the staps hang through that at the top. We found securing the bottom with eye hooks and attaching the bag with double ended snaps keeps the bag secure without using a strap on the bottom. We hang them with the bottom slightly above the chest. Our mares have no difficulty eating from them and I have found hanging the this way has been safe! I open the top while it is hanging, put the hay in, snap and they can enjoy. These are not cheap, but the initial cost has been well worth it. Saving money with no hay waste.
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-04-2012, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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the only problem with open top feeder is that two of my geldings will try to get in the top and rip it out that way even if there is a big hole to eat out of. You would have to get 4 to 5 with anything so everyone can eat my horses will chase my moms horse off and he will get very little if there is three or four some days. I can't spend much as we still need to get more hay for the winter. We will be getting round bales but inbetween the bales if we can't get out there with another we use small bales and during the summer.
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post #14 of 22 Old 10-04-2012, 09:07 PM
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Kitten that looks pretty cool but we have a top hay feeder for small bales with a bucket on the bottom, and a big round bale feeder but they eat it soooo fast and I want to slow them down I would probley angle it more and lower it on the fence.
Oh, yes that can be a problem then. Mine are picky and rather slow, so they take quite a bit of time to finish up the hay. In any case good luck finding something that works! :)

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post #15 of 22 Old 10-04-2012, 09:56 PM
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I loved my small hole hay net, until I hated it. It slowed my Cushings affected Arab way down, helped him to relax and mellow out, allowed him to have hay in front of him all the time, and cut hay wastage down by at least a third. Then, after months of using it, he got wrapped up in it and strangled... he was still warm when I got went down to the barn for the evening feed.

My fault. I hung it up in accordance to the directions, but I hung it on a closed stall door, and my horse would stand in the open stall next to it and reach over to eat. He slipped his head in between the bag and the door, and got caught. But it made his life so much more enjoyable, that I am working on ways to use one for Ahab, but make it wicked safe. I have about five designs worked up so far.
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im so sorry Captain, I know how it feels to loss a horse.. I spent a day tring to get my moms horse to feel better while he coliced and watched him go(he walked funny and hit the wall a few times..).. im glad my mom was out of the barn as she was already emotionable. But I found these and they look like they are easy to build..
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post #17 of 22 Old 10-04-2012, 11:50 PM
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So sorry to hear about your tragic loss. It is never easy to lose a friend!
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Yea we lost three last year. They were family.
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post #19 of 22 Old 10-05-2012, 07:18 AM
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Thanks for the kind words, everybody. Yes, it was very hard. That horse, Djinn, was my baby. My sister owned his mother and I chose his father. I was there when he was born and had him for 24 years until he died in that **** hay net. But it still worked great, and I want to figure it out for Ahab.
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post #20 of 22 Old 10-05-2012, 08:33 PM
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So sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you:(
What kind of bag was it? Was it fasened at the top and bottom? I'm worried now.
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