The Slow Bale Buddy is the safest, best quality small mesh hay feeder on the market today. The only one with a one year warranty, it is the perfect solution for feeding horses round and square bales of all sizes. Made of soft, strong knotless nylon netting with 1 1/2 inch openings, All seams and openings are reinforced and it fastens with a special patented safety fastener that eliminates the dangerous drawstring closures of other small mesh slow feeders. It completely encloses the bale so that the horses must pull the hay through the holes in the netting to eat. Waste is completely eliminated and aggressive and anxious horses are calmed by having to graze and forage for their hay. Overweight horses will walk away from the hay without overeating, helping to normalize weight. Because grazing is always on the surface of the bale it is excellent for feeding horses with breathing problems. Slow feeding benefits most horses and is the most natural way to feed hay.
While not for use with shod horses unless used in conjunction with another feeder, the Slow Bale Buddy is completely safe for use with all horses, (even minis) as the holes are too small to get caught in. When given a choice between freely fed hay and the Slow Bale Buddy in field tests, most horses preferred to eat from the Slow Feeder.
Like the Big Bale Buddy, this feeder is durable and lightweight and will pay for itself many times over in saved hay.
The Slow Bale Buddy is available in four sizes:
Mini will hold one small square bale ($89.95)
Small will fit round bales up to 4 feet 5 inches in diameter and 4 feet high and will hold 6 to 8 small square bales.($199.95)
Medium will fit round bales up to 5 feet 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet high and will hold 10 to 12 small square bales or a large square bale up to 4 x 4 x 6 feet. ($219.95)
Large will fit round bales up to 6 feet in diameter and 5 feet high and will hold 16 + small square bales or 1 large square bale up to 3 x 4 x8 feet. ($249.95)
If you wish to feed multiple small square bales, size should be chosen depending on how often you wish to replenish your horse's hay supply.
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"I just wanted to let you know that my slow bale buddy is over a year and a half old and is still going strong- with 6 horses chewing on it! I love the closure- it is so easy to use, and the horses can’t get it loose like the drawstring kind. It has saved me so much in wasted hay it has more than paid for itself."
"Hi, I am writing from Don't Forget Us...Pet Us farm animal sanctuary. We just very recently purchased one round bale slow feed hay net to "try". If you recall I may have mentioned I have an almost 30 year old, chronic wind sucker who has recently and although gradual has lost all his vision. We have seen the stress of the vision loss increase his wind sucking, anxiety etc. He's also prone to choke so miracle collar, cribbing straps are not idea for him. We have made accommodations for him trying to ensure that he has the best quality of life possible. Yet...we still questioned the winter. I opted to try the slow feed net in the round bale. See if he could munch away his days without going through a ton of hay or him gaining any more weight. Now it's been less than a week BUT the difference I have seen in this horse is truly amazing! He's much calmer. He parks himself at the round instead of the fence line wind sucking. Even when he had the round bale without the net. He would feast until full then spend hours wind sucking. He has had the same "buddy" for many years. He used to ear pin and get a little aggressive around the round bale, now they munch together in harmony. It reduces his boredom as he can no longer be put out back in the small fields. He also in the last 6 months started coughing a bit while eating. This has been nearly eliminated with the slow feed net. I just wanted to thank you again...this horse I have owned since he was 2. He means the world to me and I will be heading into this winter feeling much more confident he will get through it much happier because of your slow feed net!"
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The Slow Bale Buddy is a Patented Small Mesh Hay Net (SMHN) made of woven knotless nylon netting. Nylon is extremely strong and abrasion resistant and also naturally resistant to UV rays. Because of nylons natural stain resistance, the Slow Bale Buddy will wash up bright and clean at the end of the hay feeding season. Our Slow Feeders are designed to be soft on your animals muzzle while being strong enough to survive constant assault by teeth and hooves. The bottom center and the top opening are marked for visual ease when putting the Slow Bale Buddy on the hay. All seams and openings are reinforced. The safety fastener, which eliminates the unsafe straps and drawstrings of other designs, has rounded edges and is made from tough HPE plastic that will resist 5000 pounds of pressure.
When using your Slow Bale Buddy for the first time it is a good idea to pull hay through the netting in a few spots around the bale to help your horses get the idea that the hay must be pulled through the net to be eaten. They will learn very quickly and will be pros by the time the first bale is gone. The horse owner will be very pleased because all the hay that was purchased or harvested will be consumed, saving money, effort and time. The horses are happy because they have a constant source of hay that they can nibble and graze on in the way that nature intended. Their minds are occupied and their stomachs are soothed by the constant slow supply of food that their digestive system needs to function at optimal levels.
Also of importance when considering the purchase of this product is the fact that during the learning period ( On average it takes about a month for them to learn to not pull on the netting with their teeth) your horse may occasionally make a small hole in the netting. Since the holes are easily repaired and do not affect the function of the feeder, this is not a warranty issue. Nets are replaced under warranty if 16 or more strands of netting break within the first year. To repair small holes, place both sides of the opening together and tie a double knot with strong twine at each juction of the netting until the hole is closed.
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