12 haynets and slow feeders to extend eating time

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  • The aim of slow feeders for horses is to provide continuous access to forage, while simultaneously slowing eating and prolonging grazing time. Horses have evolved to graze almost continuously with their heads in a lowered position, and because of the way their digestive systems work, if horses are regularly left without food, problems such as cribbing, colic and ulcers can occur.

    Benefits of using a slow forage feeder

    • They are a good way to replicate a natural environment and grazing pattern
    • By extending eating time, slow feeders help to to mitigate the risks of over-feeding and obesity
    • Slow feeders are particularly useful if your horse is on box rest or restricted grazing as they keep horses occupied
    • Can minimise wastage and protect the nutrient levels of hay from decreasing due to weather conditions

    Available in a range of designs, from small-holed nets to hay boxes, they all work in the same way. The smaller the area or holes are to get to the hay, the slower he will be able to eat, which lengthens time the hay will be available to him. Feeders that encourage horses to get their heads down will help keep their airways clearer and are closer to their natural feeding habits.

    Best slow feeders for horses

    Jump down if you’re looking for small-holed haynets.

    Parallax Hay Saver slow feeders for horses

    Parallax Hay Saver

    Colours: Black, green or blue | Capacity: 20kg hay (250l) | RRP: £160 |

    This feeder can be used in the stable or field and is made of strong frost-resistant plastic. It can hold a small rectangular bale of hay and slows feeding by around 50%.

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    Haygain Forager slow feeders for horses

    Haygain Forager

    Capacity: 12kg hay | RRP: £290 |

    This feeder has two interchangeable regulator grids allowing you to choose between two difficulty levels. It is fully collapsible to allow for easy cleaning and the bottom can be filled with sand for added stability. The external metal slider easily shows how full the feeder is.

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    Parallax Hay Play slow feeders for horses

    Parallax Hay Play

    Colours: 9 colours | Capacity: 3kg hay | RRP: £49.99 |

    This hay ball makes grazing a bit more of a challenge with holes either 50mm or 70mm. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use, is made from a tough plastic and has recessed holes to prevent dirt getting in.

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    HayLo Feeder Complete slow feeders for horses

    HayLo Feeder Complete

    Capacity: 6–8.5kg dry hay or 10–12kg haylage | RRP: £240 |

    Suitable for indoor and outdoor use (-18°C to +30°C), this feeder is available with interchangeable feeding discs with holes of 70mm and 90mm. It has a watertight bung for soaking and draining hay, plus four fixing points that mean you can secure it to a fence post or stable wall.

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    Nats Corner Feeder

    Nats Corner Feeder

    Colours: Black, red, blue, green, brown, pink or purple | Capacity: 200l | RRP: £64.99 |

    While this won’t necessarily slow your horse down, this feeder is installed in a corner of a wall or fence and encourages your horse to adopt a more natural feeding position.

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    Nats hay ball slow feeders for horses

    Nats hay ball

    Colours: Black, red, blue, green, brown, pink or purple | Capacity: 2kg hay | RRP: £49.99 |

    This hay ball is available with 50mm or 75mm holes. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

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    Eazigrazer slow feeders for horses


    Colours: Black, green, purple, pink, blue or red | Capacity: 6kg dry hay | RRP: £210 |

    This feeder has a plug and drain that allows you to soak the hay easily. There is a choice of three regulator hole sizes – 70mm, 90mm or 100mm.

    Best small-holed haynets

    Trickle Net Original net slow feeders for horses

    Trickle Net Original net

    Capacity: 8.5kg hay | RRP: £39.98 |

    These nets are handmade from 4mm rot-proof braided polyethylene and have 25mm fixed holes.

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    Elico Little Piggy haynet

    Elico Little Piggy haynet

    Capacity: 6.5kg (standard) or 8.7kg (large) hay | RRP: From £12.50 |

    This haynet has 30mm holes and is available in two sizes. Standard sizes are pink, while large sizes are black.

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    Trickle Net bale net

    Trickle Net bale net

    Capacity: Small bale | RRP: £64.99 |

    This net can hold a whole small bale and has 25mm holes.

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    KM Elite Elim-A-Net haynet

    KM Elite Elim-A-Net haynet

    Capacity: 3.5kg hay (pony), 5.5kg hay (cob), 7.5kg (horse) | RRP: From £13.99 |

    These nets have two directions of mesh to create a more challenging barrier. Holes are 25mm (pony), 30mm (cob) and 35mm (horse), and the nets have metal rings at the top and bottom.

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    Trickle Net Softee net

    Trickle Net Softee net

    Capacity: 4kg hay (small) or 8kg (large) | RRP: From £34.99 |

    These nets are knotless and made with a strong 5mm braided twine with 25mm fixed holes.

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