Size doesn’t matter to the horse, but it for sure matters to you.
Choosing size is really choosing where you want to spend your time. Your horse doesn’t care as long as there is hay in the net. If you enjoy spending time with your horse more than spending your time handling hay then choose a larger SlowFeeding net.
Let me give you an example: Filling 5kg of hay into a net of size “Small” takes 30 seconds, filling 10 kg of hay into the same net takes 5 minutes and filling 20kg into the same net takes half an hour. Saving 5 minutes per day equals a full working week per year.
My personal advice is: if you have a pony, don’t consider anything smaller than size “Small” and if you have a horse don’t consider anything smaller than size “Medium”.
Personally, I did use 20 minutes once every three weeks to feed our herd of four ponies because that was how long it took to exchange round bales and there was almost no wasted hay at all to remove after the 6 months long feeding season. (Now we have 14 ponies and 3-4 netted round bales active all feeding season.)
5kg = 11 lbs takes 2 minutes
10kg = 22 lbs takes 10 minutes
5kg = 11 lbs takes 30 seconds
10kg = 22 lbs takes 5 minutes
20kg = 44 lbs takes 30 minutes
10kg = 22 lbs takes 2 minutes
20kg = 44 lbs takes 5 minutes
30kg = 66 lbs takes 20 minutes
3 small bales take 5 minutes and so does a 2 string bale.
Wide (same volume as “Large” but lower and wider) :
3 small bales take 5 minutes but a 2 string bale doesn’t fit.
Premium solution for the box stall.
Open one hook and dump in up to 8kg = 17 lbs of loose hay or 2 small bales.
Takes only 10 cm (4″) more box space but with much larger capacity (and more space for a large head). If you are looking for the best feeding solution inside the box stall, this is it.
Hay Bar net:
Only recommended if you already have a Hay Bar or a look-a-like. Open one hook, fold the net to the side and dump in the hay.
- Full size takes 8kg = 17 lbs of loose hay
- Pony size takes 4kg = 9 lbs of loose hay
Recommended to be used for a bunch of small bales or lots of loose hay in a covered feeder outside. Stretch the bottom of the net where you want the hay, place the hay on top, lift the sides of the net and connect them to something hanging from the ceiling. Does also take a full 4′ round bale from the top down but this is not a recommended use if you don’t don’t also use a plastic feed ring that is approximately 3′ high.
Covers an extra large (6′) round bale from the top-down or a regular 4′ round bale from the bottom-up (easier than an RB140 high).
Recommended to be used for a full 4′ round bale in a covered feeder outside. Stretch the bottom of the net where you want the bale, place the bale on top, lift the sides of the net and connect them to something hanging from the ceiling.
Can also be used in open round bale feeders. Stretch the bottom of the net where you want the hay, place the bale on top, lift the sides of the net and close the opening with a hook or shackle.
As the “RB140 high” but for 6′ round bales.
Made to cover a full 4′ round bale in a round feeder with 12 spaces. This is however not a recommended solution since too many horses spend a whole lot of time trying to get their heads in under the net. To stop this you might need to tie the net in up to 24 places which is an enormous waste of time. The RB140 high is the recommended solution