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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. Unlike cheaper small mesh net feeders that are made out of poly or a poly blend that can cause wear on the teeth and muzzle, Slow Bale Buddy's are made out 100% knotless nylon netting. Nylon is the strongest and softest of the netting materials, and will ensure that you get many years out of your hay feeder while not compromising your animals health and well being.   

The netting has 1 1/2 inch openings, all seams are double serged and reinforced with a double stitched, nylon binding.The net fastens with a special patented safety fastener that eliminates the dangerous drawstring closures of other small mesh slow feeders. Once fastened, it completely encloses the bale so that the animals must pull the hay through the holes in the netting to eat.  Waste is completely eliminated and aggressive and anxious animals are calmed by having to graze and forage for their hay. Overweight animals 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 animals and is the most natural way to feed hay.

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Slow Bale Buddy slow feeders for hay can be used to feed any hornless animal (horns can become caught in the netting).

  While not for use with shod horses unless used in conjunction with a solid sided 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.


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      The Slow Bale Buddy is a Patented Small Mesh Hay Net (SMHN) made of 100% nylon woven netting. Nylon is the softest and strongest of the netting materials and will not cause wear or abrasion to the animals teeth and muzzle like poly and poly blend nets. Nylon is extremely strong, abrasion resistant, resistant to UV rays and is naturally white (not bleached). Because of nylons natural stain resistance, the Slow Bale Buddy slow feeder for hay 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 double serged  and then nylon tape is double sewn over all seams to ensure that the seams and bindings hold up for long life and durability  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.                    .small square bale slow feeder



The Slow Bale Buddy is available in six sizes:

Mini will hold one small square bale

Double Mini (Weekender) will hold 2 small square bales or 1 three string square bale.

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.

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

Large will fit round bales up to 6 feet  in diameter and 5 feet high and will hold 16 + small square bales

Large Square will hold a large square bale up to 4 X 4 X 8 feet.

 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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(+)-100% Knotless nylon netting - strongest, softest, netting material -will not cause wear on teeth or muzzle                                                  

(+)-UV protected -nylon is naturally UV resistant

(+)-not bleached or dyed                                                                        

(+)-double serged edges, double bound reinforced seams 

(+)-safety fastener -eliminates unsafe drawstring closure 

(+)-1 year warranty -pays for itself during warranty period                                                                                                                                          


 (X)-poly or poly blends (some are knotted)  -not as strong  -can cause abrasion and wear to the teeth, muzzle sores

(X)- not UV protected or product has coating (animals mouths always against this) 

(X)If it is colored it is dyed   

(X)-single serged edges, single bound seams   

(X)-rope or drawstring fastener -danger for unsupervised animals

(X) -no warranty or 30 day warranty that does not cover chew holes





"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."
Valerie Hebert
Putney, VT
"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 ideal 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!"
(for more comments on the Slow Bale Buddy please visit our testimonials page)



   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.

   over the lifetime of your feeder, your animals may occasionally make a small hole in the netting. Since the holes are easily repaired and do not affect the function of the slow feeder, this is not a warranty issue unless 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 junction of the netting until the hole is closed.

For All warranty issues, please contact us directly. :)

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