So, I had an epiphany and decided to switch all the horses to nets, but not just ANY net... Oh no! I chose a Slow Feeder Net like what is found here. So I ordered four of them. I decided I couldn't wait so I made a net out of baling twine. (See video below)
Once the ordered nets got here, I found out what a pain in the butt they are! Now don't get me wrong, I will continue to use them, but when they say "small", they don't mean just the hole size. The NET size is small also. I can stuff one flake of hay into them, IF I have three strong men and a small child help me out. They just aren't big enough AROUND to stuff easily. Plus, they collapse onto themselves so a person really needs four hands. And they are round, when my flakes of hay are square.
After whining about it on Facebook, my friend Amy in Georgia send me this link. So I ordered it and when it finally got here, I was SO excited I felt like dancing naked in the street!!! It cut my loading time of the four hay nets from 40 minutes down to 10 minutes!
However, the net size is still too small. So in another Facebook conversation with Liz and Denise, we discussed net size, style (round bottom or straight), how to hang them, how to close them, stuffing styles, hay type, and more. Liz sent me the link to the style of net she uses - here. So like a clown, I ordered ten of them. I did manage to see that they have two different sizes: horse and pony, so I ordered the horse size.
So Liz, Denise, and I got pretty wordy about how to hang the nets, how to close the top, etc. So I took some videos, complete with narrative, on how I stuff the nets I have, how I tie the tops, and how I hang them. I have learned some things - the horses dislike the nets because they can't stuff their mouths, they are forced to eat slower and for longer periods of time, they waste less, the fat ones have lost weight (some, but not a lot), and the hard keepers have GAINED weight.