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  1. #1
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    Default Slow feeder hay net question

    Is there a net that would be safe for both miniature and regular sized horses that does not need to be tied to anything?

    I'd love to use slow feeders, but I have a mixed herd and am concerned about safety.



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    Do your horses have shoes? By tying them to anything do you mean you want the net like a pillow on the ground?



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    You could try taking a net, removing the long strings for hanging (just use a carabiner to close it) and plop the whole thing into a large tire. If your horses don't pick it up and toss it around, it will stay put and serve the purpose. If they DO decide to play frisbee with it, you could tie it down inside the tire to a cinder block or something.
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    Yes, like pillows on the ground.

    None of the horses are shod.



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    Then a freedom feeder clipped closed or "sewn" closed would work well. You could also try a cinch chix, but you'd have to ask about making those into a pillow. I think nibble nets may have a small hay pillow as well.



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    Try www.paddockparadise.wetpaint.com they have lots of great info on all the small hole hay net options.



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    I have a barefoot full sized horse and a barefoot miniature donkey climbing all over a Cinch Chix net with no problem. The mini's hooves do not go through the net.

    I do throw the rope over a barn rafter, and hike it up from time to time. If you don't, it will be an enormous mass of netting on the ground. However, I don't think that's a significant safety problem with barefoot horses -- just a messy, huge puddle of net.

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    We have used Nibblenets (the largest size) for over a year now. We don't have any minis, so I can't comment there, but one of the horses is a fox trotter with petite hooves. We have had no problems with them. In our herd of five, one has shoes.
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    I would second the nibble net - they make one intended for ground feed. You can get them with openings as little as 1.25". They are hardy and will withstand being outside.



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