Hay Feeder Options

What kind of feeder do you use for your horse's hay?

Hay net or bag
Hay rack
Manufactured trough designed for feeding horse and/or livestock
A homemade or repurposed trough (such as a tire, barrel, or bathtub)
I feed my horses on the ground/I don't use a feeder or trough
My horses don't eat hay

Total votes cast: 1473

Comments & Write-in Answers

On the ground in stalls, in a slow-feed hay net hanging off a basketball rim outside.

10/27/2013 11:35:26 PM

Small mesh hay nets in front of them 24/7

10/27/2013 8:24:28 PM

hay hut best thing i've ever bought

10/27/2013 7:49:55 PM

I use the slow feed hay nets.

10/27/2013 6:34:45 PM

On pasture for most months of the year. Hay fed during the winter is soaked, then fed on the ground

10/27/2013 5:13:45 PM

very small-holed net to slow feeding

10/27/2013 4:42:44 PM

I feed by weight, weigh each net of hay and none gets wasted!

10/27/2013 4:40:14 PM

I use variety depending on horse - hay net, ground , and hay bin

10/27/2013 3:08:46 PM

have used all of above but on the clean ground is what thet like

10/27/2013 2:46:00 PM

Use a hay pillow placed on the ground

10/27/2013 2:43:05 PM

Love my Porta-Grazer but the insert breaks down and has to be repurchased too often.

10/27/2013 2:18:27 PM

I ground feed on a non-sandy surface.

10/27/2013 2:04:07 PM

hay bags and round bales

10/27/2013 9:47:40 AM

I fork loose hay into a feeder to disperse dust

10/27/2013 9:38:08 AM

custom made feeders at ground level on rubber mats

10/27/2013 12:14:08 AM

I spread it in small piles all over the place so that they have to walk around constantly to eat it.

10/26/2013 10:43:29 PM

I use a slow feeder in a manger to limit hay in the sand.

10/26/2013 9:29:23 PM

Nibble net, but I'd like to try the porta-grazer. Will never not feed with a slow feeder again!

10/26/2013 5:38:36 PM

I put 4 x 6 stall mats on the ground & put hay on top

10/26/2013 3:24:43 PM

round feeder that will take round haylage bale x

10/26/2013 2:01:45 PM

i use nets, troughs, and racks, that way the horse chooses

10/26/2013 12:33:35 PM

I also use porta-grazers.

10/26/2013 12:02:50 PM

I sweep his pad clean and put his hay four times a day in the clean corner.

10/26/2013 11:37:40 AM

I use small hole haynets to cut down waste and slow down eating

10/26/2013 9:10:20 AM

I am thinking of going to a hay net, too much waste with the bale feeder.

10/26/2013 7:53:10 AM

They are on pasture 6 hrs. daily. The hay is on hard dirt surface.

10/25/2013 11:15:25 PM

my fat horse gets the hay net...

10/25/2013 11:07:44 PM

feed lg round bales what they don't eat is bedding

10/25/2013 10:58:28 PM

My net is a slow feeder.

10/25/2013 10:57:34 PM

Most natural way to feed

10/25/2013 10:43:52 PM

wne feeding in the pasture, we feed on the ground. In bad weather we feed in stalls in trough

10/25/2013 9:52:01 PM

Love my Nibble Net!

10/25/2013 9:32:47 PM

Hay ring

10/25/2013 7:36:25 PM

Outside on Ground with mat

10/25/2013 7:36:14 PM

slow feeder: box with a grid to prevent wastage and reduce mouthful size!

10/25/2013 7:24:50 PM

I feed my geriatric horses soaked alfalfa cubes

10/25/2013 7:04:07 PM

In barn: Nibble-nets or hay rack. Outside: on ground or from big round bale ring.

10/25/2013 5:37:25 PM

believed it to be a more natural eating position for the horse ??

10/25/2013 4:59:20 PM

I made a Hay net with very small holes,would have used a soccer net if I had seen them first

10/25/2013 1:49:39 PM

i use a stable grazer to feed throughout the day and night

10/25/2013 1:41:31 PM

Added hog panels on the inside and top of the feeder to slow the feed rate

10/25/2013 11:33:57 AM

LOVE my hay net. NO waste and busy horses stay out of trouble

10/25/2013 11:05:08 AM

different horses get differant feeding systems, overweigh IR gets slow net

10/25/2013 10:59:45 AM

slow feeder hay nets

10/25/2013 10:57:39 AM

I use slow feeding hay nets or hay on ground depending on the horse/situation

10/25/2013 10:22:29 AM

We feed round bales in the winter months, the rest of the year we feed hay in the feeders.

10/25/2013 8:02:24 AM

slow feed hay nets!

10/25/2013 2:18:13 AM

Slow feed net

10/25/2013 1:37:54 AM

An inexpensive 110 gal. water tub drilling 8 drain holes.

10/25/2013 1:34:17 AM

Occasionally use nibble net to slow her down - but more often just the barrel

10/25/2013 1:12:59 AM

I use round metal tank with holes in the bottom for rain to run out.

10/25/2013 12:17:27 AM

I don't feed my horses on the ground. Less waste and less worms.

10/25/2013 12:09:40 AM

slow hay feeder

10/24/2013 10:28:13 PM

I use several different options but your poll doesn't allow for multiple answers

10/24/2013 9:57:30 PM

Horses are grazers. Feeding on the ground mimics that.

10/24/2013 9:16:37 PM

Nibblenet slow hay feeder

10/24/2013 9:02:25 PM

On the floor in their stalls (rubber mats on floor) or in a trough when outside during winter/spring

10/24/2013 6:44:13 PM

slow feeding haynets with holes ~1 1/2"

10/24/2013 6:34:48 PM

Slow feed hay net works BEST

10/24/2013 6:18:09 PM

Rubbermaid NOT metal.

10/24/2013 5:33:33 PM

Assorted large and small slow-feeder nets

10/24/2013 5:05:17 PM

While nets can keep hay cleaner, or can slow eating down, the most natural position is on the ground

10/24/2013 4:46:56 PM

small hole hay net

10/24/2013 4:31:18 PM

I split up her hay and feed also in hay nets and in a plastic swimming pool.

10/24/2013 3:32:20 PM

200 lb. molasses tub

10/24/2013 11:38:47 AM

Large deep rubber troughs 50 gal so they can eat with their head down.

10/24/2013 10:40:54 AM

trough is a concrete pipe diameter ca 4 feet, turned over to rest on the ground

10/24/2013 9:34:51 AM

Round bale 24/7

10/24/2013 8:52:50 AM

The Big Bale Buddy hay bags and nets keep hay waste to a minimum.

10/24/2013 7:55:57 AM

I use a jonathan field hay net. it's great, has small holes and keeps them occupied.

10/24/2013 7:31:05 AM

Depend on the hay, the horse and its current regime of the horse as to how fed the hay !

10/24/2013 6:55:01 AM


10/23/2013 11:08:40 PM

Use the E-Z feeder; a hanging box with big holes in it. Slows down my laminitic mare's eating.

10/23/2013 10:11:16 PM

Small hole hay nets slows down the consumption of hay.

10/23/2013 9:55:59 PM

healthier to eat on the ground

10/23/2013 9:40:36 PM

Both horses have a 50 gallon trough so the hay stays mostly dirt free.

10/23/2013 9:28:28 PM

Mostly feed on the ground but have a mare with a neck problem and she has a hay rack.

10/23/2013 9:10:29 PM

I put hay on the ground, well shaken up and in a different place each time.

10/23/2013 8:11:40 PM

Nibble Net hay bags - slows feeding now and NO MORE WASTE - put it stalls and now also in lean to's

10/23/2013 7:48:30 PM

large tractor tires turned inside out; works great except when they turn them over to the small hole

10/23/2013 7:25:09 PM

I prefer to feed my horse hay/grain on the ground where their heads are supposed to be. No racks/net

10/23/2013 7:09:22 PM

On the floor mats inside and outside.

10/23/2013 6:35:12 PM

I use a hay net along with a hay ring specifically designed for horses.

10/23/2013 6:09:32 PM

Eating on the ground is a more natural way for the horse to eat, less of a choking hazard.

10/23/2013 6:07:48 PM

An old Rubbermaid water tub

10/23/2013 5:46:02 PM

I use Rubbermaid's 100 g. tank to feed hay & grain

10/23/2013 5:21:48 PM

use a slow feeder, tire wires killed my gelding

10/23/2013 4:55:28 PM

Slow feed hay net attached to an old tire (keeps it from rolling through the mud). Best system ever

10/23/2013 4:42:20 PM


10/23/2013 4:28:00 PM

use a slow feeder grate with my hay feeders

10/23/2013 4:25:21 PM

The have to use the slow hay nets due to the only type of hay that is available in lower Alabama.

10/23/2013 4:01:25 PM

I use a slow feeder net (NAG Bag) and love it.

10/23/2013 4:01:06 PM

slow feeder haynet inside a hayhut

10/23/2013 3:41:00 PM

Horses need to eat with their heads down, other methods can develop poor neck musculature or tooth i

10/23/2013 3:34:20 PM

I use a slow feeder hay net and feed bermuda hay. I weigh each feeding as well.

10/23/2013 3:31:18 PM

Depends on which horse & where we are at feeding time. We use all of the above.

10/23/2013 3:29:18 PM

I use both small hole hay nets and a feeder built for slow feeding., there is much less waste.

10/23/2013 3:18:17 PM

on stall mats

10/23/2013 3:06:16 PM

i use a bag and feed on the ground

10/23/2013 2:56:59 PM

I use a large slow-feeder net on a round bale, with a homemade wooden structure around it.

10/23/2013 2:14:10 PM

I make my own slow feeder nets out of hockey goal netting. Each net easily holds 60lbs of hay!

10/23/2013 2:13:00 PM

Actually it is a manufactured covered trough + hay rack.

10/23/2013 1:58:42 PM

use hay net outside, feed on floor in stall.

10/23/2013 1:40:34 PM

Cinch chix 1.25" round bale hay net with plastic bale ring. Awesome!!!!!

10/23/2013 1:39:53 PM

1" slow feeder net!!!!!!

10/23/2013 1:36:10 PM

hay bar

10/23/2013 1:34:57 PM

I feed round bales with a CinchChix slow feed net, inside a ring hay feeder. Cuts waste to almost 0

10/23/2013 1:30:50 PM

I also feed on ground depends on the horses

10/23/2013 1:29:22 PM

Found the last one funny as I started feeding hay instead of pasture today.

10/23/2013 1:27:27 PM

their hay is put on the ground on rubber mats, best position for a horse to eat :)

10/23/2013 1:17:30 PM

cinch chix is by far the BEST ever!!

10/23/2013 1:05:40 PM

unless my horse pigs out, natural off the floor aid digestion

10/23/2013 12:59:16 PM

Tried racks but mine PREFER ground level as they are grazers & it allows drainage to drain downward.

10/23/2013 12:53:32 PM

Big Bale Ring

10/23/2013 12:48:30 PM

My horses only get hay when the pasture is inadequate, and at night when they are in the barn paddoc

10/23/2013 12:46:06 PM

I also use a net when they are in the barn/arena.

10/23/2013 12:45:12 PM

We have one feeder trough like about 3' high, mostly they shove it on the ground from there too

10/23/2013 12:43:19 PM

i use the small net hay nets. Tied low. Horses love them and there is lest wasted hay.

10/23/2013 12:35:21 PM

In the stall I use a slow feeder hay bag, in the sacrifice pasture hay is in a slow feeder box.

10/23/2013 12:33:29 PM

We installed a automatic waterer in the field, now the unused water trough's are used for hay

10/23/2013 12:31:43 PM

I absolutely swear by small-hole hay nets. Rarely use anything else, not even my hay cradle anymore.

10/23/2013 11:45:38 AM

90% on the ground (have a couple of stall mats outside); hay nets when weather truly gross...

10/23/2013 11:31:12 AM

We use tractor tires in the pasture and hay racks in stalls.

10/23/2013 11:19:53 AM

wooden box with wooden grid on top-works great,easy to load

10/23/2013 11:18:25 AM

We only use small-mesh slow-feeding hay nets.

10/23/2013 10:51:42 AM

Horses evolved to eat off the ground. Raising their food can lead to colic and other problems.

10/23/2013 10:39:42 AM

slow feeder hay bags

10/23/2013 10:30:39 AM

nets outside, inside net for 1 and rack for other

10/23/2013 10:18:55 AM

Most of my horses are in very large paddocks with water, self elected feeding and defecting sites.

10/23/2013 10:15:07 AM

We use big tires with the tops crossed with bungie cord to lessen the amount of hay pulled out.

10/23/2013 9:40:10 AM

,Large, clean muck bucket; don't forget to bind tightly with poly hay twine (or cut them off) the ro

10/23/2013 9:33:25 AM

Recently I have started my donks on round bales and these work best in a feeder

10/23/2013 9:31:12 AM

Rubbermand w/metal racks on top- base is cemented into the ground

10/23/2013 9:13:03 AM

Have also used the super large Nibble Nets. Reduced waste.

10/23/2013 9:00:50 AM

Some hay gets tossed on the ground---in grassy areas but we use slow feed hay nets alot.

10/23/2013 8:55:03 AM

If it's too wet to feed on the ground I use a hay rack.

10/23/2013 8:41:57 AM

natural grazing position for the horse

10/23/2013 8:18:05 AM

I use nibble nets

10/23/2013 8:01:40 AM

Also use a hay net at times

10/23/2013 7:52:14 AM

I have made several slow feeders with water troughs and gridwall grates.

10/23/2013 7:18:41 AM

I have good pasture, only need to feed hay mid-Dec to mid-March; I spread it on the ground

10/23/2013 7:08:06 AM

I use small hole hay nets to slow down the eating process. They prefer the net to the ground.

10/23/2013 6:54:37 AM

Homemade wood

10/23/2013 6:39:01 AM

i only use a trough when we have high winds or heavy rain in there run-ins.

10/23/2013 6:20:01 AM

slow feeder net used

10/23/2013 12:42:51 AM

I feed round bales, square bales on the ground, and use hay nets in the stall

10/23/2013 12:35:47 AM

Net, rack, trough and ground used as required by horse, season, and weather.

10/23/2013 12:23:05 AM

Though I use a trough, he throws it on the ground anyway (and I've tried every method there is).

10/22/2013 11:54:06 PM

On the ground if the grass is thick, otherwise in big rubber tub or low plastic water trough

10/22/2013 11:45:12 PM

I just got my horse! I am so exited!

10/22/2013 10:49:54 PM

large tractor tyres with the under side rim cut out so it doesnt hold water. they work brilliantly

10/22/2013 10:48:53 PM

Less waste, more natural grazing position. hay kept cleaner, more able to measure amount of hay actu

10/22/2013 10:39:24 PM

made our own "inline" feeder-fill from outside the fence.

10/22/2013 10:06:05 PM

I use slow feeder hay bags.

10/22/2013 10:00:46 PM

On a stall mat.

10/22/2013 9:57:14 PM

I use Nibble nets

10/22/2013 9:55:35 PM

large metal water trough

10/22/2013 9:52:20 PM

I only feed in feeder if it has been raining or the ground is comprimised in some way.

10/22/2013 9:47:55 PM

traditional hay feeders for HORSES, not cows, and one Hay Hut. LOVE the Hay Hut but EXPENSIVE!!!

10/22/2013 9:42:57 PM

but the pens are packed down and are inspected daily

10/22/2013 9:41:51 PM

I feed square baled wrapped in a Texas Haynet placed in a hay ring, underneath my breezeway.

10/22/2013 9:31:25 PM

if I don't they trample it into the mud, ground, I use a trough

10/22/2013 9:25:45 PM

On the ground is the NATURAL way to feed!

10/22/2013 9:18:12 PM

I use hay bags in the trailer and metal racks at home

10/22/2013 9:15:33 PM

hay net with small holes - slows down eating and produces less waste

10/22/2013 8:57:53 PM

I use the Grazer (a slow feeder) and highly recommend it.

10/22/2013 8:54:16 PM

Awesome homemade slow feeders!

10/22/2013 8:44:09 PM

Horse are fed on matted stalls, swept out daily

10/22/2013 8:28:54 PM

Trough in the stall, but feed on the ground outdoors

10/22/2013 8:26:49 PM

a muck bucket(never used for its intended purpose!) for one and a" porta-grazer" slow feeder .

10/22/2013 8:17:25 PM

I only have one hay rack. the rest eat on the floor!

10/22/2013 8:05:21 PM

small hole nets

10/22/2013 8:02:28 PM

I paid off my $300 feeder in 2 months in saved hay.

10/22/2013 8:02:05 PM

Hay basket, reduces waste keeps it off the ground.

10/22/2013 7:59:48 PM

@ home: on a mat in the stall & on the grass outside. @ shows : haynet

10/22/2013 7:59:24 PM

slow feeders

10/22/2013 7:39:33 PM

Also use a hay rack

10/22/2013 7:29:42 PM

Depends on where they are situated

10/22/2013 7:19:38 PM

Slow feed hay nets with 2" holes

10/22/2013 7:11:46 PM

both horses use slow feeder nets

10/22/2013 7:05:57 PM

I use a small-mesh hay net for each mini.

10/22/2013 7:04:27 PM

I also use a tire and slow feed hay bag.

10/22/2013 6:53:08 PM

Slow feeder kind

10/22/2013 6:52:58 PM

I make my own slow feeder nets out of baling twine

10/22/2013 6:50:29 PM

Homemade slow feeder boxes

10/22/2013 6:49:15 PM

Hay rings around the round bales

10/22/2013 6:47:31 PM

I use BOTH feeding on mats in stall on the ground AND hay net

10/22/2013 6:46:29 PM

in a net and feeder together

10/22/2013 6:26:36 PM

I tried hay nets but found the horses' front teeth were wearing abnormally. I use a water puck boar

10/22/2013 6:26:01 PM

put a stall mat in paddock and place hay on it

10/22/2013 6:15:55 PM

I use a Nibble Net to slow down my over eager, food loving mare

10/22/2013 6:05:55 PM

For in the stall a corner snap hay bag for outside tire feeders

10/22/2013 6:03:50 PM

ground feed using large tubs

10/22/2013 6:00:02 PM

I built sturdy boxes with two wheels and a handle to move them either inside the shelter or outside.

10/22/2013 5:53:40 PM

slow feeder hay nets!

10/22/2013 5:50:31 PM

Have used all over years and they still eat off ground what is dropped

10/22/2013 5:43:18 PM

We put a base on the two-high tires so the hay is not directly on the ground.

10/22/2013 5:34:44 PM

use roll bales of hay

10/22/2013 5:34:20 PM

I've tried everything. Ground works best for us.

10/22/2013 5:33:00 PM

We use Porta-grazers. They are awesome!

10/22/2013 5:31:50 PM

Bale feeder for outside horses, ground for small paddocks and floor for stalled horses.

10/22/2013 5:25:36 PM

my horses are kept with cows and eat round bale

10/22/2013 5:23:07 PM

I use strongly made small hole hay nets on the ground. These virtually eliminate waste and dramatic

10/22/2013 5:07:11 PM

rubber tub so that hay can be sprayed off with water as hay can be dusty.

10/22/2013 4:57:53 PM

Cubes in a bucket, grass hay on the ground. My horse dumps the cubes on the ground, too!!

10/22/2013 4:48:19 PM

Wooden trough + Hay Hut +hay net in the trailer+hay rack in each stall for real inclement weather.

10/22/2013 4:16:36 PM

Hay bags when out for the day, round bale in horse rack and also on the ground if we don"t have a r

10/22/2013 3:58:23 PM

Metal pipe bale feeder

10/22/2013 3:57:43 PM

Slow feed type. Small holes

10/22/2013 3:05:14 PM

My horse has shown me his preference, by always pulling it out of the hay rack.

10/22/2013 2:47:48 PM

the feed trough keeps the hay clean and she's eating at a normal ground level.

10/22/2013 1:50:01 PM

During transport my horses get their hay from a hay bag.

10/22/2013 1:49:12 PM

On the ground inside, In feeders outside.

10/22/2013 12:38:48 PM

Slow feed hay nets 2x2 webbed

10/22/2013 10:55:52 AM

Bought expensive "slow feeders", slats too wide, sun rotted them, waste of $$$!

10/22/2013 10:29:51 AM

Spread the hay out on the ground.Don't have to worry about sand colic here-ground usually rock hard.

10/22/2013 10:03:39 AM

slow feeder bag only - my horse can act like a pig!

10/22/2013 9:49:12 AM

love the hay nets.

10/22/2013 9:41:47 AM

Cinch Chix hay net around a round bale and placed in a horse hay ring.

10/22/2013 9:25:59 AM

Easier to soak hay

10/22/2013 9:05:10 AM

My horse needs either a hay rack or net because he likes to play with (and waste) it otherwise!

10/22/2013 8:03:22 AM

I just switched my horse from hanging feeder to 100gal water trough.

10/22/2013 7:25:55 AM

slow feed hay bags or on shavings in the stall only ..never on the Florida sand !!!

10/22/2013 5:48:21 AM

We wrap hay in a huge net, inside a klenepipe feeder. EXCELENT, very little waste!

10/22/2013 5:27:16 AM

I use a a livestocke feeder for my horse that lives out and a haynet and from the floor for my stabl

10/22/2013 5:02:40 AM

Ground level slow feeder with hay placed on grass, not on dirt;

10/22/2013 2:27:14 AM