We had been using cattle ring feeders but I don't like those for a few reasons; we have miniatures, and once the bale has been half eaten it starts to get difficult for them to reach the hay, and I just have this nasty feeling that one of them is going to get tangled up in it someday and really hurt themselves. (And on a completely shallow note I hate how the big horses rub off sections of their manes!)
There are two feeders I've found online that look like they could work, I'm just curious if anybody has experience with either of them - or if there's another good option I haven't considered yet.
The first is the 'NAG bag' - essentially a really big hay net that a whole round bale will fit in. My husband is convinced these will be a pain to work with and we'll spend hours trying to wrestle a bale into it, but the price tag is a lot nicer than option 2!
The second is the 'Ultimate Haysaver' - we'd need the goat feeder for the minis, pretty much the same thing just shorter. There's something about those bars on the side though... for some reason I'm afraid somebody will get their head stuck in there or something. The horse version has vertical bars instead of horizontal and for some reason that sits better with me, and I think the minis would be able to reach it, but when I inquired they told me I would 'definitely' need the goat feeder.
Goat feeder -
Horse feeder -