Portable Easy Fill Horse Slow-Feeder

I am headed to Pagosa Springs, Colorado this summer for an advanced horse training course. Last time I was up there I leased a horse with the amazing talent of inhaling his hay ration while other horses were still munching, nibbling, or even sleeping on theirs. This happened every meal. He was so efficient, the first time it happened, I thought he hadn’t been fed.

I have to come to believe that natural grazing patterns are healthier for horses and cut down on waste so I wanted a way to feed hay more naturally when we are on the road. Most of the feeders I find fall into one of two types boxes, or nets.

While nets are inexpensive, the ranch feeds the horses their daily hay rations. Anything that takes more than a few seconds to fill becomes impractical which rules out nets and many of the boxes.

The boxes come in many varieties, including tubs, barrels, crates, bins, etc., but most of them share at least one of the two things I have against them. They are expensive, and they are hard to move.

I finally found the Hay Hoop. It wasn’t too expensive. I already owned a slow feeder net, so I didn’t have to buy one. It only had one small problem. It wasn’t portable. It is designed to screw to a wall. I solved this problem by creating my own portable wall. The addition of hooks and slots to the back allows me to hang it from most styles of fencing.

 

Closed and latched it keeps horse noses from eating the easy way.

Closed and latched it keeps horse noses from eating the easy way.

 

Open, two flakes can be stuffed through the opening at a time.

Open, two flakes can be stuffed through the opening at a time.

 

Hooks and straps hold the feeder in place

Hooks and straps hold the feeder in place

 

When I borrowed Gwen I used the feeder while she was in quarantine (where is is hanging in the pictures) and it worked great. I will tell you how the feeder works in other situations as I try it.

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