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Slow Feed Hay Basket
We love our Equine Hay Baskets, and also the idea of slow feed nets (like the Freedom Feeder I use in stalls). After trying several different things, I've come up with a way to attach a net to the basket and make an easily moved, easily filled, easily cleaned, durable slow feeder than will hold up to four bales at a time. I took some pictures and will try to describe it here.
I ordered hock goal netting from Arizona Sports Equipment, and also ordered lacing cord there. I measured the inside of the hay basket from lip to lip running down the inside of the basket, across the bottom, and back up, to allow ample netting to let the horses eat the hay all the way to the bottom of the feeder. The lacing cord is used to attach the netting.
I went to a local fabricator and had him make a steel hoop out of tubing about the same size as the feeder is made out of. It sits within the lip of the feeder so horses can move it a bit without getting a nose under it.
I attached the hay netting to the hoop using the lacing, hopefully you can see that in the picture. Netting is easily removed to wash if needed, though we just occasionally take the netting still on the hoop to the wash rack and blast it with hot water. It helps to have two people to move the hoop with net attached.
Four bucket straps are attached to the ring, evenly spaced around it to correspond to the legs on the feeder. You can find the bucket loops all kinds of places.
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|Badger/||Slow Feed Hay Basket||2||Jun 14 2012, 12:47 PM EDT by SpottedTApps|
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I just posted a wiki for the Slow Feed net we've attached to an Equine Hay Basket. It shows up under the list of Hard Feeders, but I don't see a link to it on the photo page.
Here is the URL: http://paddockparadise.wetpaint.com/page/Slow+Feed+Hay+Basket
This systems is working very well for us (it's the result of some trial and error).
4 out of 4 found this valuable. Do you?
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