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At first glance, this SMHN hardware looks fine, but can you spot the potentially dangerous link?
See this blog. AVOID spring clips and carabiners.
T-posts are not sturdy enough to use as hay net anchors. See this discussion.
When clipping a SMHN to a post, use one that would be large and sturdy enough for tying a horse. Also let the net bottom swing free to avoid creating a leg loop.
Brittle bucket lid. After I drilled the 1.5" hole for a skewer stick, I tried removing the lid but it shattered. It had been sitting unused in the garage, subject to temperature extremes but not sunlight for 3 years.
This feeder actually works very well. But my horse
pawed through the webbing in a week. She's gone through 2 of these so far. -Joanne
Hockey Hay Net after 4 days use and many repairs (repairs have been removed for picture)
Initial wear and tear on a recycled tennis net. Has been turned over and has since lasted another 5 months.
This is a small-mesh hay net after being used on the ground as a hay pillow for three days.
Since then, I have not had further net damage, and others have reported their horses also being gentler on nets after about a week of getting used to them. ~JoAnn
Timothy hay can't bend to get through this tiny one-inch grid.
Recycled dog kennel failed testing as a horse hay feeder.
Heavy duty fish nets: Horses chewed holes in the one-inch netting within a couple of months.
A small hole in the canvas barrier on this round bale was quickly ripped open repeatedly, even after being sewn closed with hay string. Don't use dry rotted old canvas! (Yes, another no-brainer.)
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|Anonymous||Best way to hang or afix a SHHN (like Millers/SB/Dover)||0||Apr 24 2009, 1:26 AM EDT by Anonymous|
Thread started: Apr 24 2009, 1:26 AM EDT Watch
I love this site! I want to use SHHN for my horses at our new ranch. I just ordered 6 from Smith Brothers. I'd like to hang low for natural feeding...should I hang and then "afix" the bottom so it doesn' t swing? What's everyones' favorite way? Hanging from fence post? Or "hay tree". If it's a hay pillow on the ground, do you anchor it on the ground?
|tangledmanes||recycled dog kennel fails slow feeder test||6||Jan 15 2009, 10:57 PM EST by Simpleton2|
Thread started: Nov 14 2008, 8:44 AM EST Watch
The day after this was presented to Terri's test horse, Dreamer, the cage's edge corner was bent up. Could have been done with his mouth or by pawing. Either way, it shows for certain that the cage wire grid is too lightweight for use as a slow hay feeder for a full-sized horse. It *may* work for minis, in a pinch, if they're less destructive.
|tangledmanes||design reference||0||Oct 5 2008, 11:48 AM EDT by tangledmanes|
Thread started: Oct 5 2008, 11:48 AM EDT Watch
If you're interested in building your own slow feeder, check your idea against the pictures here. This page is a collection of slow feeder-related ideas that didn't work out the way they were supposed to. We should be able to save time, effort, and materials by avoiding flawed designs.
And, post pictures of your own slow feeder experiments! Here, if they didn't work out; or, if you have a good one that works the way it's supposed to, put a picture of it on the Slow Feeder Photos page. <http://paddockparadise.wetpaint.com/page/Slow+Feeder+Photos>
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