Sunday, March 17, 2013

Homemade Slow Feed Hay Net

I made a slow feed hay net for the horses out of hockey net and various other things used to hang it with.  Sadly the hockey net I have is kind of flimsy and won't stand up long so I'll need to order a tougher one, but it works for now.  They still had hay in it four hours later when normally they eat their hay in under an hour. 

The hockey net has sleeves on it so I just put wood poles through it, then put hose clamps on the end to hold the clips in place and keep the net from sliding off and then hung it on a chain.  So simple.  :D  I'll post an update when I get a better hockey net.  :)

Here is a video of Chrome seeing it and eating out of it for the first time.

Here are some screenshots (so kind of blurry) of that awesome neck for those who can't see video.

He was very leery of it at first (which is kind of odd for him lol).


Giving it a sniff.  Then he grabbed a bite of hay, but I forgot to get a screenshot lol.

 Reaching underneath for a bite of hay that I pulled through the net to teach him how to eat out of it.

Isn't he cute?


  1. oh that is adorable! and clever!

  2. Great idea! I always have trouble slowing Star down with hay at this time of year. I've even resorted to trying small piles hidden all over the place to try and stop her hoovering it all up at once! I did make these things called paddock pillows out of plastic mesh one year which worked ok but she dragged them into the mud. This looks much better :)

  3. I keep forgetting that I mean to make one of those for each stall so that the neighbors don't have to listen to my horses kicking their food troughs around at night.

  4. If you need a tough slow feed I sure love my equinets!! They are hand made from fish netting. Dickie grabs Bre's and yanks all his weight on it just for fun and there isn't a mark on it.

  5. I'll check out the Equinets. I knew there was one I'd heard of but I couldn't remember what it was called. It may be cheaper for me to buy one than make another one lol. Thanks!


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