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post #21 of 29 Old 02-08-2016, 03:08 PM
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I'd never feed 'bucket feed' without separating the horses somehow unless you stand in the field and referee which is a major pain
The best way to feed hay to a small herd is to spread out more piles or hang out more nets than you need to the greedy horse still has some to go out and the nibblers get chance to eat enough -
I'm sure that even if I tied those plastic feeders down somehow at least two of my horses would destroy them fairly quickly for the entertainment value.
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Well, the feeders are okay, but not the perfect solution I was hoping for. I'm going to give them more time before I have my official opinion, but here's what I'm finding so far:

1. My hungry hippo has beaten the **** out of her feeder. She bites it, kicks it, licks it, and pulls the rubber bars out at the bottom (she can't totally pull them out, but she can disconnect the bottoms.) She can get every last bit of hay dust out by getting her head really far in. It does slow her down, but I had to put 9 bars in and it frustrates her very much.

2. My slow eating dominant boy can get all the hay out but he's really slow about it and very relaxed. He doesn't beat it up. It's working like it's supposed to with him, and he only has 4 bars in.

3. My pregnant mare cannot get the hay out once the bottom part is eaten, and it does get stuck up in there, no matter how much I loosen the hay and toss it around. She also can't work the automatic waterer in her paddock, though. I think she's not motivated to do anything tough because she's bored out of her mind. We'll start some ground work when I get back home to help out with that. As is stands now, I have to go in there and pull hay down for her a few times a day. Not cool!

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For No. 1 and No. 3 are you putting out some loose hay along with the feeders? You seem to have a nice problem with one eating to aggressively, one doing fine and one that doesn't seem to like it! Often it just takes time, up to a few weeks. On your aggressive eater, check the teeth and gums from time to time.
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For No. 1 and No. 3 are you putting out some loose hay along with the feeders? You seem to have a nice problem with one eating to aggressively, one doing fine and one that doesn't seem to like it! Often it just takes time, up to a few weeks. On your aggressive eater, check the teeth and gums from time to time.

Yes, and I go in and pull hay down for them when I'm around.

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Well, sometimes it just takes some time, sometimes these feeders (that everybody is trying to build a better mousetrap for) just don't work. I'm referring to slow feeders in general.
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Well, sometimes it just takes some time, sometimes these feeders (that everybody is trying to build a better mousetrap for) just don't work. I'm referring to slow feeders in general.
Now that they've figured out how to rip the rubber things out, it's no longer a slow feeder, so it was a waste of money. A lot of money. Sigh. My path to finding the perfect feeding solution is littered with dollah-dollah bills, yo. lol
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So was mine. Worse that that was the damage to my horse. I kept believing the hype about slow feeders, that they worked for every horse in every situation (and mostly these sites were trying to sell their own version of a slow feeder that "really works"!) I had to back track and figure that what we are trying to get to is trickle feeding, with movement. That is what the horse does in nature.

With your damaged feeder, I would contact the company about a refund.
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post #28 of 29 Old 02-12-2016, 10:58 AM
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I never thought about feed bags either

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A big help, thanks! I never even thought of feed bags. :)
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seen them in action at a pasture boarding place. I tried but the two bags I bought were too small for my boys face. He is very big. But the bags all seemed to fit warmbloods, QH, ponies, everone.

they boy howdy wooul line up for their bag and chomp away happy as clams and zero arguments. learning experience for me too !
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post #29 of 29 Old 02-12-2016, 08:13 PM
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those feeders look insanely cool. too bad they didn't really work in real life. ...when my mare was boarded she got a feed bag bc she was bottom and got run off her pan. she would prance up for her bag, then go to town. all the other horses would finish their pans, and go to chasing her for her bag.... she would just put on a prancy trot and eat away as they chased after her. then when the hay all went down, she would calmly come over to have it removed. I thought the whole thing was hilarious.
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