I would love to share our feeder box design with HF, but I will have to ask hubby first. He did want to sell these at some point, but maybe sharing the design won't have any effect on that?
My horse is an Einstein. She figured out how to pull the top out of the box on numerous occasions. She would push the box under fence panels to share with neighbors. And both horses absolutely tore apart the regular slow feed nets. We didn't want to do the metal slow feed grate because I had found out those caused damage to horse's teeth. The NibbleNet was the solution.
They have several NibbleNet bags, including one that holds up to a 50# bale. You can definitely buy one that will hold a day's feeding, so you don't have to build a box. What I love about our boxes though is that our hay wastage is about 1%, and the 100# bale lasts one horse about 6 days now, instead of 4. I've never had such an easy, efficient way of feeding, and certainly never saved so much hay!
Our box design is almost done. We are just having to replace panels and add metal siding because when my mare couldn't get the top out anymore, she chewed the wood down until the side of the bale was exposed. Darn freaking smart mare. According to the stable hand, she bedded her entire stall with hay and then instead of eating what she threw out, actually ate out of the net like she was supposed to! At least she's good for a laugh, right?
You know, from what I have seen you post in the past, do you think maybe your daughter might be just a bit intimidated by the arab? Perhaps that's why she's not always so keen to ride? This paint might be the fix for that. Certainly sounds like she adored him!
"You can do something wrong for thirty years and call yourself experienced, you can do something right for a week and experience more than someone who spent thirty years doing the wrong thing." ~WhattaTroublemaker