In addition to the weather actually being nice, we had put out a new bale to the ponies and it didn't really seem that bad, but it also may have had an affect on Pistol's breathing. 9 times out of 10 he has his face buried in the middle of the bale, and that really isn't' the best thing for his breathing.
Cinch Net Slow Feeders by Cinch Chix. From what I read it sounded like exactly what I needed. Not only does it help with horses with heaves, it helps with these issues
- horses that a prone to colic
- hard keepers
- senior horses
- herd aggression
- reducing waste
|Super easy to put on!|
Yes Please. I've got a few of these going on in my pasture. There have been studies done by the University of Minnesota that said these slow feed nets, help drastically reduce wasted hay, which helps save money, which means more money for more horse things.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't cringe when paying for the net. But after receiving it, and how easy it was to put on, I am happy with my decision to buy it.
At first the horses weren't really sure what to do. Well mostly Duke was unsure of things. He was concerned with what the hell was going on to his all you can eat buffet. So he chased around the other two because that is what you do in unfamiliar situations.
But in no time, everyone settled down and realized that the hay was just fine, the net wasn't going to eat them, and it was just a bit trickier to get at their food. But I haven't noticed them struggling one bit to get at the hay. A friend of mine did say that she had trouble with her horses losing weight after she started using hers, but so far, so good with my boys. Pistol was the first to dive in, unsurprisingly, and then George joined in and then finally Duke.
Less than 24 hours later they had all put a pretty nice dent into the bale. I was actually surprised at how much they got accomplished in such a short time. The net is obviously holding up wonderfully too. I am always kind of skeptical about things like this, but so far I am VERY happy with the purchase. Any post purchase anxiety is gone too. Especially since right around the bale feeder, there isn't wasted
money hay scattered around.
And finally I decided to include this image of the most beautiful horse in the entire world. Please don't all jump at once and throw cash offers to me...