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post #1 of 4 Old 01-17-2014, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Using tyres for slow feeders?

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I have some small slow feeder nets and was thinking about securing them inside old tyres to keep them in place on the ground and wondered if anyone has used them and if they are safe? I have seen other posts/articles on horses that have gotten stuck in the large tractor tyres but these would be the smaller car size tyres. I do want to build some permanent wooden slow feeders but until then wondered if this would be safe? The nets have very small holes so there wouldn't be any chance of feet getting stuck. Have seen some great plastic bin type slow feeders on the net for sale but they are all in the states, havent found any in New Zealand.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-18-2014, 01:47 AM
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I don't think I would use tires. What works really well is to attach it to the fence. I attach the net to the top and middle fence boards. It hangs down into the paddock. Hay is thrown in from outside the paddock and the boards hold the net open.

It makes it so much easier to throw hay. I make sure the net hangs down a good way and so far there isn't much waste- I was concerned they would flip the net and the hay would end up on the wrong side of the fence.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-18-2014, 04:33 PM
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While holes are small at this point? If horse can eat it, the holes will be very large very quickly.

And could hang horse up too, or get it killed.

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post #4 of 4 Old 01-18-2014, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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The nets are very strong, I have two that I have been using for awhile tied to the fence and the horses have not caused any damage to the nets or made any larger holes. But I guess the tyres could still be a hazard so I will look into other options. Thanks!
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