Slow feeder for the boarded pony (Or also known as how the heck do I do this?)
I board. I have to board -- no ifs ands or buts about it. But at the same time, I sometimes wish I could keep my Haffie at home with me, solely for the sake of being able to keep hay in front of him for as long as possible. He's your typical hoover vacuum of a pony, and finishes his hay pretty fast, and since he gets fed twice a day, he's got long hours between when he's got nothing to occupy his smart little mind. He has toys, but doesn't seem particularly inclined to play with them if there's not food associated with it.
I've long since wanted to get him a slow hay feeder, but haven't yet been able to figure out what the best course of action to do so is. I've done lots of looking on the internetz at all sorts of sites. There's a couple of DIY feeders I like, but haven't the manpower, equipment or knowhow to make something that my pony might not be able to kill himself on. The Slow Down Day Feeder is, in my opinion, expensive-as-all-hello and I can't justify dropping $415 (that's more than my board!) all in one go for something that's basically a large plastic bucket and a plate with holes on it. The Grazer looks too complicated for someone going down the assembly line of feeding, and the Slo-Feeder sticks out in the aisle.
Based off that, I think a hay bag like the Busy Buffet or Nibble Net would be best. But I just can't figure out how to make it happen. I don't think my barn owners will let me fill the bags myself for the feeders the next day since they would prefer that boarders stay away from the hay barn -- which is understandable. It has to be something easy, and quick to put hay into, preferably something that could stay at the stall.
Anyone who boards use the Nibble Net or Busy Buffet? How does it work with having someone else feed in the morning and afternoon?