I love the nibblenets. I have 8 of them in use in my barn for when the horses are in the stalls (we have slow feed hay boxes outside that we built). They hold up extremely well, reduce waste and are easy to fill which is my main criteria.
I have a busy Grande slow feeder and like it alot. We also use the cheaper nylon small hole nets and those work well too. We removed the drawstring and just use a metal clip run through all the loops, works great. We also hang it with a rotating snap, since we found as the horses turned the net it would come unhooked from the eye bolt.
Thanks for all your opinions. After looking at some of the different brands, I think I'm going with the 9" Nibblenet. It holds 12-18 lbs of hay. It looks like if I put 15 lbs of grass hay in there that it should last her around 8 hours. Does this seem accurate-ish? If they refill it twice more each day, she should have food 24/7. That is my hope and calculation.
I have the small hole hay net from Smartpak and two large flakes of hay lasts forever! Pony used to easily go through a hay bag in a two hour trip to Aiken (would often pack two for him!!). Recently took a trip up with the new hay net and it lasted the trip up, the trip back, AND all the two small trips from barn we were staying at to where we took lessons.
I will say it's not super easy to load so not great for everyday use, but is fine for trailering trips and I think I got it for like $12... but if this thing ever wears out I'll be getting one of the above options that's easier to load.
I adore my Nibblenet! I have the 12" XL model; I can usually stuff almost 1/2 bale into it and still clsoe the top. My piggish OTTB can empty that sucker in about 8-10 hours if he's in all day, but I like the peace of mind in knowing he's going to have hay in front of him pretty much all the time. (If hay is just put on the floor, he tends to make a mess of it, pee/poop on it, then not eat it and stands around looking like he's dying of starvation.)
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I'm a huge fan of Freedom Feeders. They are much easier to fill than conventional hay nets. Mine lasted through two years of daily abuse before needing replacement. I would recommend getting the larger sized on, that is supposed to last for 24 hours if completely filled, rather than the "trailer sized" one, which holds 1 or 2 flakes max.