How do you put the bale in the Slow Bale Buddy?
If you move your round bales by hand, the Slow Bale Buddy is pulled over the bale until it is completely covered. the bale is then rolled over until the sides of the top opening can be pulled together completely enclosing the hay in the bag. Unscrew one end of the safety fastener and starting at one end of the opening, thread the fastener through both layers of netting passing through every third set of holes until you reach the other end of the opening. Screw the end of the fastener back on and your hay is ready to feed. Please note:There is a green X on the center bottom of the bag. when you put the slow feeder over your bale the top opening will be exactly opposite the green X. if you are feeding large squares the flakes can be loaded into the Slow Bale Buddy to the desired fullness, or the net bag can be pulled over the bale while it is raised for transportation. If feeding small squares or loose hay load the desired amount into the slow feeder and close as above.
Is the Slow Bale Buddy safe?
As with the Big Bale Buddy, great care has been taken to ensure that this product is safe for use with your animals. Because the holes in the netting are small (1 1/2 inches) there is nothing on a natural horse that can go through or get caught in the netting. The safety fastener is made out of extremely strong HPE plastic with round edges. If using horse equipment with buckles or snaps, care must be taken to ensure that they do not get caught in the netting. This can be prevented by wrapping the buckle and strap in masking tape so that the buckle is completely covered and secured to the strap.
*Please note: This slow feeder is not recommended for use with shod horses unless it is used inside of another feeder as the heel of the shoe can get caught in the netting, resulting in a pulled shoe or injury to the animal.*
Is there a warranty on the Slow Bale Buddy?
Because it is so easy to repair, we do not replace Slow Bale Buddy's that occasionally develop a hole as these are easily repaired and do not affect the functionality of the feeder. However if your Slow Bale Buddy develops so many holes that it is irreparable within in the first year, please contact us and we will replace it for you.
How Long will the Slow Bale Buddy last?
The Slow Bale Buddy is made of 100% nylon. Nylon is naturally rot, stain and UV resistant as well as being incredibly strong. If small holes are repaired promptly, it should last for 2 to 3 years with continuous use.
What is the difference in hay savings between the Slow Bale buddy and the Big Bale Buddy?
600lbs Round Bale vs 3 hungry horses.
Bale fed with no netting (in Big Bale Buddy)
1 bale lasted 7 days
86lbs per day
29lbs per horse per day
Bale fed with slow feed netting
1 bale lasted 10 days
60lbs per day
20lbs per horse per day
(thank you to Lindsay of Dutch Hollow Acres for this comparison)