so... I have been on a journey to build a (nearly) indestructible slow feeder. I wanted to try slow feeding after learning about the horse's natural feeding habits. Since pasture is not available in my area of the desert, slow feeding was the next best thing.
Tried just throwing it out there. Mom's horse was getting too fat and there was an incredible amount of waste.
Tried slow feed nets. They worked, but there was still waste and I was constantly patching them due to my destructive food-mongering mares. And, I was still having to go out and feed at least twice a day.
I'm blessed to be married to a contractor, and he set about building slow feed boxes. My mare has tested his design and frustrated him time and time again, but I think we finally have a nearly indestructible box that holds a full 100# bale.
We used regular slow feed nets and not metal grids for the tops since I'd heard bad things about horses chipping their teeth on the metal slow feeders. We've spent a lot of time patching up and reweaving the nets as the horse's continually tore them, and eventually figured out the nets so well that they were throwing the hay all over, before I finally bit the bullet a few days ago and ordered the nibble nets.
Well, they just came in today, and I am not only extremely impressed with the quality but also second-guessing my decision to cut the nets off the bag (ordered double nibbles)! They're so nice I feel bad about cutting the nets off.
About to go out and hopefully finish this box up and eliminate hay waste for good, or at least to almost nothing. These nets were not cheap, so I'm hoping this is the answer to my prayers!
I will post pictures in the next few days. Wish these nets luck, they are about to go to the test against one of those super destructive mares (you know, the one that's getting into everything all the time, breaking out of her stall, destroying this that and the other thing)