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SMHN options with smallest openings listed first. Orange "Snarf-o-meter" rating indicates expected challenge level.
Use the discussion threads at the bottom of this page to leave a comment about the ones you've tried! :-)

Type of SMHN Hole size Capacity Price Recommended for... Durability & comments
Standard Hay Pillow and Standard Hay Pillow Version II
2 or more U.S. patents

Made in the USA
The Hay Pillow™
1/2" 10
3/4" 30 twine
9
3/4" 21 twine
8
8 pounds
Standard Hay Pillow Version II
Hay Pillow Version II Standard Bag and netting sold separately $54.99/$26.99
Standard Hay Pillow Original
slow feeding hay pillowNetting sewn in $69.99
Grass hay
Use on the ground for a natural grazing posture

Perfect choice for voracious eaters. Is not attached to anything so they can't tug or pull on it.
Ships worldwide

Durable/1000 denier nylon CORDURA
Hanging Hay Pillow

2 or more U.S. patents

Made in the USA
The Hay Pillow™
3/4" 30 twine
9
3/4" 21 twine
8
8 pounds Hanging Hay Pillow
Hanging Hay PIllow New Model
Netting sewn in $74.99
Grass hay

Great for stalls and horse trailers
Ships worldwide

Durable/ 1000 denier nylon CORDURA

Mini Hay Pillow and Mini Hay Pillow Version II
2 or more U.S. patents

Made in the USA
The Hay Pillow™
1/2" 10
3/4" 30 twine 9
3/4" 21 twine 6
1" 4
1 1/4" 3
2 pounds
Mini Hay Pillow Version II
Hay Pillow Version II MiniBag and netting sold separately $39.99/$22.99
Mini Hay Pillow Original
Mini and Standard Hay Pillow
Netting sewn in $49.99
Grass hay
Use on the ground for a natural grazing posture.


Designed specially for miniature horses. Pictured with the Standard Hay Pillow
Ships worldwide

Enables little ones access to hay without standing on it.
Polyester Hex Mesh
10
2.2 cm
(~7/8")
62" wide $12.30/yard Bermuda hay
Note: NOT for most horses; too challenging
Size is great but is reported to tear easily
Golf Impact Netting
10
2.2 cm
(~7/8")

£4.00 / square meter Soft or fine hay in the U.K.
Note: NOT for most horses; too challenging
1.8mm thick green nylon netting. Also see discussion
Golf Barrier Net from Cascade Nets
10
7/8"
(~2.32 cm)
10' x 4' $51 Untested with horses
Note: NOT for most horses; too challenging
125# single strand tensile strength
The Cinch Net "SFX"

Patent Pending
Made in the USA!
8

www.cinchchix.com




1" x 1"
Mini SFX
will hold 1/2 Small Square Bale
Small Bale SFX
will hold a Full Small Square
Bale
Mini SFX
$74.00
Small Bale SFX
$84.00
Price includes Shipping in USA
Great for slowing consumption with extreme eaters such as Mini horses & ponies, IR horses or just very easy keepers.
360# single strand tensile strength,
Very Strong!

Quality DuPont Nylon Made in The USA!
Standard Hay Pillow and Standard Hay Pillow Version II
Hanging Hay Pillow

2 or more U.S. patents

Made in the USA
The Hay Pillow™
1"
4



8 pounds


Standard Hay Pillow Version II

Hay Pillow Version II Standard$54.99/$26.99
bag and netting sold separately
Standard Hay Pillow Original $69.99 netting sewn in
slow feeding hay pillow
Hanging Hay Pillow $74.99
Hanging Hay PIllow New Model
Grass hay

Use on the ground for a natural grazing posture



Great for stalls and horse trailers
Durable
Dupont nylon netting

1000 denier nylon CORDURA
Ships worldwide!

SMHN by Brandi

9
3 cm (1-1/8") between knots
Hole centers measure 1-1/2"
(3.81 cm)
4 pounds Currently not available. Looking for new rope supplier.
Started at $30, including shipping.
Extremely durable challenge feeder for horses needing overall smaller feeding hole size. Thicker rope makes the knots larger and the hole size effectively
smaller.
Happy Grazers
Large Bin
Patent Pending
Made in USA
www.HappyGrazers.com


Very High Quality netting:

1 1/4" x 1 1/4"
net does shrink about 1/4", so only for slow, slow feeding.

Made to hold 200lbs of hay
Happy Grazers Large Bin
Helps to avoid sand colic.

Black Poly Plastic Bin with our Highest quality net & Slip Knot = $385

Red Poly Plastic Bin with our Highest quality net & Slip Knot = $415

Safe for BOTH Shod & Barefoot horses, thanks to our interchangeable netting system.

Best for Easy, easy keepers, Over weight & IR horses


High quality net from Dyneema, 15 x stronger then quality steel.

Made to last 5+ years!

The Cinch Net "SF"

Patent Pending
Made in the USA!

7

www.cinchchix.com

1 1/4" x 1 1/4"
Mini SF
will hold 1/2 Small Square Bale
Small Bale SF will hold Full Small Square Bale
Mini SF
$64.00
Small Bale SF
$74.00
Price Includes Shipping in USA
For slowing consumption in easy keepers. Mfr suggests your horse be accustomed to easting from larger holed nets before moving them to this size.
360# single strand tensile strength,
Very Strong!

Quality DuPont Nylon Made in The USA!
NibbleNet 1.25"
8
1-1/4"
webbing


$44.99 to $70.99 For horses experienced and skilled with slow feeders. More comments
Standard Hay Pillow and Standard Hay Pillow Version II
Hanging Hay Pillow

2 or more U.S. patents

Made in the USA
The Hay Pillow™
1-1/4 "
3

Version II ; bag
and netting sold separately

8 pounds


Standard Hay Pillow Version II

Hay Pillow Version II Standard$54.99/$26.99
Standard Hay Pillow Original $69.99
slow feeding hay pillow
Hanging Hay Pillow $74.99
Hanging Hay PIllow New Model
Grass Hay

Use on the ground for a natural grazing posture



Great for horse trailers and stalls
Ships worldwide

1000 denier nylon CORDURA

Dupont nylon netting






Hay Pocket

7
1-3/8"
knotless cord

$48 Bottom clip can be left unsnapped for increased feeding challenge level
Hockey Goal Net
Arizona Sports Equipment

7
3.5 cm (1-3/8") shrinks to 3 cm (1-1/4") with hot wash/dry DIY $34.99 52"x36" $5.99/foot See comments.
Photos at Thunder Mountain and at JoAnn's blog
Very durable. 6 mm






Franklin Championship Replacement Hockey Net
6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm)

$39.99 Just found online--not yet tried. Looks like something in between AZ goal and barrier net. 18,000D polyester netting
Hockey Net
from Canadian Tire
6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm)
100 pounds $25 Cdn Available only in Canada.
See examples by Lorna and by Laura.
Durable puck hockey nets. Avoid ball hockey nets.

NibbleNet Picnic

6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm) webbing on both sides with vinyl edges
4 to 5 pounds $32.99 Trail rides, travel, or multiple slow feeding stations.

Requires extra D-rings for ground-level attachment.
Very durable webbing and vinyl. D-rings are thinner. Use multiple attachment points.
NibbleNet
"Nibble-N-Go"
hay pillow
6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm) webbing

$38.99 True ground-level feeding
Double Nibble
ground feeder
6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm)
28" tall x 22" wide x 6" deep $70.99 Also available with 2" openings (Snarf-o-meter: 3)

NibbleNet 1.5"

6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm) webbing with vinyl backing and edges
6 to 12 pounds $43.99 - $53.99 Perfectly sized holes for slow feeding hay in most situations.
Can be snapped to ground-level feeding platform.
Very durable. Made of flat webbing with solid vinyl back.

Busy Horse Snacker
8
1-1/2" stiff webbing
(3.81 cm)
3 pounds $25 Although sold as a toy rather than as a feeder, has perfectly sized holes for slow feeding hay. Extremely durable. Made of heavy-duty flat webbing.
Busy Grande Extra Slow Feeder
8
1-1/2" webbing
(3.81 cm)
Holds 12-18 lbs of hay.
Approximate Dimensions: 36" x 30"
$57.95

Free shipping within continental U.S. for a limited time



Tough-1 Slow Feed Hay Pouch

6
1-1/2" poly net (3.81 cm) 22” x 30” with 8 1/2” gussets. Holds about 7 pounds with side flaps tied together or about 15 pounds open at the top.
$17.99 Will need modifications to work well hanging low because it's too easy to eat from the loading opening. Super easy to load.
Useful as the outer layer for double-netting hay.
400 denier nylon.
JoAnn had three of these that fell apart after one month of use.
Freedom Feeder Mini/Trailer Net
"Pasture in a Net"
The original SMHN system.
Made in USA.

6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm)
15-18 pounds. 24"x30" - 1/2 size of the original Freedom Feeder, same easy to load envelope style! $30 Available at FreedomFeeder.com
SmartPak.com
DoverSaddlery.com
Perfect for trailers and mini's. Just slide the bag over your flakes of hay like a pillow case and close it up with the drawstring. Nice wide opening for easier filling. Very portable. More info on wiki page 3mm 99.9% nylon and has a 275# per strand tensile strength. See our reviews at
FF Reviews
and SmartPak Reviews

Freedom Feeder Extended Day Net
"Pasture in a Net"
The original SMHN system.
Made in USA

6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm)
35+ pounds, Extended Day feeder. 2.5'x4'. Envelope style, super easy to load. $50 Available at FreedomFeeder.com
SmartPak.com
DoverSaddlery.com
Daily use either hanging on fence stations or in stalls. Perfect size for restricted free feeding with a larger 35#, day and a half capacity.
More info on wiki page
3mm 99.9% nylon and has a 275# per strand tensile strength.
See our reviews at
FF Reviews
and SmartPak Reviews
Freedom Feeder Full 100# Bale Net
"Pasture in a Net"
The original SMHN system.
Made in USA

6
1-1/2"
(3.81cm)
Full 100# 3-string bale. 5.5'x4'. Loads like a pillow case and ties closed. $87 Available at FreedomFeeder.com
SmartPak.com
DoverSaddlery.com
Pillow case style comes with lacing to close. Putting several out in stations gives you and your horse "Freedom". Lasts 5-7 days for average 1000# horse. More info on wiki page 3mm 99.9% nylon, 275# per strand tensile strength.
See our reviews at
FF Reviews
and SmartPak Reviews
Kensington Slow Feed Hay Bag
5
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm)
2 flakes $39.95
poly squares
Baseball Net

6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm)
DIY
See Baseball Hay Net wiki page Still in use after two months in CA.
Hockey Barrier Netting -- Arizona Sports
Equipment
6
1-1/2"
(3.81 cm)
DIY - Sold by linear foot, ten feet wide. $3.29 per linear foot.
Close outcut pieces may be available.
Works for some; but many horses chew through it.
Akal Ranch blog entry.
1.65 mm nylon
with 120# test strength

Miller's

Smith Brothers

Dover Saddlery

5
4 cm
(1-9/16")
hay pillow closeup
13 pounds of timothy
-or-
9 pounds bermuda

$9.99

$9.95

$16.90
everyday use
hanging low or tossed on snow

for a more challenging feeder, use two and double-net the hay
Very durable. In use over 3 years so far.
SMHN on tree string
SlowFeeding.net
Mini
SMHN #0Mini ball
Polyester 3.5 cm =
1-3/8"

Also available in Dyneema 30mm mesh
Polyester
2.7' x 3' =80x90cm

Trailer nets
$38

Volume discounts.

Free International shipping on orders over USD 70.
Perfect for the trailer.

Please visit SlowFeeding.com for even more knowledge on Slow Feeding
Generation 3 is made of tightly woven polyester and is much better than earlier nylon nets.
SlowFeeding.net
Mini long
Mini long
3.5cm=1 3/8"

Also available in Dyneema 30mm mesh
Polyeter
38"x32"
$42 SlowFeeding.com
SlowFeeding.net

SlowFeeding.net
Small SMHN
SMHN #15
3.5 cm =
1-3/8"

Also Available in Dyneema 30mm mesh
Polyester
48" x 36" = 120x90cm

Made to fit entire small bales of up to 20 lbs.
$50

Volume discounts.

Free International shipping on orders over USD 70.
Please visit SlowFeeding.com for even more knowledge on Slow Feeding Generation 3 is made of tightly woven polyester and is much better than earlier nylon nets.
SlowFeeding.net
Medium
SMHN Medium
3.5cm=1 3/8"

Also available in Dyneema 30mm mesh
Polyester
61x42"
$62 SlowFeeding.com
SlowFeeding.net

SlowFeeding.net
Large

Large polyester SMHN5
3.5 cm =
1-3/8"
Polyester
72" x 42" = 180x105

Made to fit entire 2-3 string bales of up to 125 lbs.
$72

Volume discounts.

Free International shipping on this net.
Please visit SlowFeeding.com for even more knowledge on Slow Feeding Generation 3 is made of tightly woven polyester and is much better than earlier nylon nets.
SlowFeeding.net
Long
SMHN Long
3.5cm=1 3/8" Polyester
84x38"

Also available in Dyneema 30mm mesh
$72 SlowFeeding.com
SlowFeeding.net

SlowFeeding.net
Round bale high
SMHN Round bale5
3.5 cm =
1-3/8"
Dia = 6' =179cm,
height = 7.3´= 220cm

Cylindrical.
Made to fit all round bales on the market

Also available in Dyneema 30mm mesh
$292

Volume discounts.

Free International shipping on this net
Please visit SlowFeeding.com for even more knowledge on Slow Feeding Generation 3 is made of tightly woven polyester and is much better than earlier nylon nets.
SlowFeeding.net
Round bale low
SMHN Round bale low
3.5 cm =
1-3/8"
Dia=6´=179cm
height 56" = 140cm

Also available in Dyneema 30mm mesh
$215

Volume discounts.
Free International shipping on this net.

Please visit SlowFeeding.com for even more knowledge on Slow Feeding
Generation 3 is made of tightly woven polyester and is much better than earlier nylon nets.
Natural Horse World
Slowfeeder Haynets
4cm
(1-9/16")
Half Bale, Small Square Bale or Large Round $25 - $99 Durable Marine Grade netting that suits all horses and most types of hay. Ships Worldwide.
TNT Custom Metal Works
Slow Feed Hay Bag
6
Bale Bag

Bag Buddy

Stall Bag Buddy - Quick & Easy to Fill!
tntcustommetalworks.com
Stall Bag BuddyFrame is handcrafted 5/8" solid steel. For lifetime service.
Pat.Pending
All Products Made in USA
1 5/8"
Heavy weight
3.5 mm cord tightly woven for long wear.

Outlasts other types of bags.

Satisfaction Guaranteed!



Vistit our website for more information
.
www.slowfeedhay.com
Reg. Feeding Size -
37" x 40"
holds 2-3 large flakes 10-25 lbs.
depending on type of hay.

Bale Bag - 37" x 84" holds small square bale [Untitled]

Reg. Feeding size $15.99

Bale Bag $42.99

Bag Buddy Bag Buddy$39.99
(Holds bag open for easy filling)

Stall Bag Buddy $89.99
(Mounts on solid wall - opens 90 degrees) Includes slow feed hay bag.
Works great for any type of hay.

Heavy Duty double braided cording will out last finer types of netting.

Visit :
www.slowfeedhay.com

All our products are proudly
MADE IN THE USA!
Using American made materials.

Please keep America working.

BUY American!
UV coated abrasion resistant double braided
poly-e
heat set knots.
Happy Grazers
Corner Stall Feeder
Patent Pending
Made in USA
www.HappyGrazers.com


Very High Quality netting:

1 3/4" x 1 3/4"
Will shrink about 1/4"

Made to hold 1 full bale
Happy Grazers Corner feeder
Helps to avoid sand colic.

Only in Black Poly Plastic with our Highest Quality netting, comes with Slip Knot = $285

We suggest mounting it to a wall.

Only one setting for the placement of the net, therefore safe for both Shod and Barefoot horses.

Considered to be a normal size slow feeding mesh


Netting is made out of Dyneema, which is 15x stronger then quality steel!

Made to last 5+ years!
Happy Grazers
Large (Starter) Bin
Patent Pending
Made in USA
www.HappyGrazers.com




Economy netting:

1 3/4" x 1 3/4"

Made to hold 200 lbs of hay
Happy Grazers Lg bin economy netting
Helps to avoid sand colic.


Black Poly Plastic bin with economy net & Slip Knot = $285

Red Poly Plastic bin with economy net & Slip Knot = $315

Thanks to our interchangeable netting system, this is safe for Both Shod & Barefoot horses.

Considered to be a normal size slow feeding mesh


Netting is made out of Nylon, still in use after 2 years with our own horses.
Happy Grazers
Large Bin

Patent Pending
Made in USA
www.HappyGrazers.com



Very High Quality netting:
1 3/4" x 1 3/4"
Does shrink about 1/4"

Made to hold 200 lbs of hay
Happy Grazers Large Bin
Helps to avid sand colic.


Black Poly Plastic bin with High Quality net & Slip Knot = $345

Red Poly Plastic bin with High Quality net & Slip Knot = $375

Safe for BOTH Shod & Barefoot horses,thanks to our interchangeable netting system.

Considered to be a normal size slow feeding mesh


Netting is made out of Dyneema, which is 15 x stronger then quality steel!

Made to last 5+ years!

Busy Buffet Slow Feeder
6
1-3/4"
(4.45 cm)
overall size 30" x 23" $39.95
Extremely durable. Made of heavy-duty flat webbing.

Busy Grande Slow Feeder
6
1-3/4"
(4.45 cm)
overall size 36" x 29" $49.95 18 pounds of hay will last about six hours from the Busy Grande. Extremely durable. Made of heavy-duty flat webbing.
The Cinch Net
MADE IN USA
Patent~Pending
Small square bale, West Coast Bale, and Mini Slow Feed Hay Net.

4
1-3/4"
(4.45 cm)
Smaller sizes soon to come.
Mini is great for the stall, trail, or trailers. Holds up to 3 flakes.
Small Bale holds up to 80lbs.
West Coast will hold 125+ lbs
$37.50 Mini
$40.00 Small Bale
$60.00 West Coast
Shipping and Tax are Included in the Continental US.
Go to cinchchix.com for more info, photos, and results from first of its kind round bale hay waste study at
U of MN.
300# single strand strength
DuPont Nylon Netting
*UV treated *Stronger seam
*Made to last 3-5 years!
Texas Haynet
Patent pending
Round bale hay net

1-3/4"
(4.45 cm)

Center marked for easy installation on large bales
1100 pound round bales or 800-lb. squares $215.00
90 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
if you are not happy with it!

comments


Will easily last for one to two years High quality with UV protection.
The Cinch Net
MADE IN USA
Patent~Pending
Round Bale / Large Square Slow Feed Hay Net.

4
1-3/4"
(4.45 cm)
Smaller sizes soon to come.
Up to a 6x6 Round Bale, 3x3x9 Large Square Bale, or multiple small squares. $177.00
Shipping and Tax Are Included in the Continental US.

Multiple uses for different sized bales. Go to
cinchchix.com for more info.
Nylon netting.
University Proven to reduce waste from 57% to 6.3%
Equinets
Round Bale Net - easy keeper version
4
1-3/4"
(4.45 cm)
round bale $150 plus shipping See review poly-
propylene
Standard Hay Pillow and Standard Hay Pillow Version II
Hanging Hay Pillow

2 or more U.S. patents

Made in the USA
The Hay Pillow™
1-3/4 "
1
This mesh size is best suited for:
Horses that are not enthusiastic eaters.
Young horses with little patience.
Those that will use the bags on occasion only.

8 pounds


Standard Hay Pillow Version II

Hay Pillow Version II Standard$54.99/$26.99
bag and netting sold separately
Standard Hay Pillow Original $69.99
slow feeding hay pillow
Hanging Hay Pillow $74.99
Hanging Hay PIllow New Model
Grass hay

Use on the ground for a natural grazing posture



Great for stalls and horse trailers
Durable
Dupont nylon netting

1000 denier nylon CORDURA

Ships worldwide!
NibbleNet Double Nibble
Slow-N-Slower

3 -- 6
webbing with 2" openings on one side and 1.5# openings on the other side
$64.99 - $78.99

Original NibbleNet
Nibble Net bag on platform
3
2" (5.08 cm) webbing front with vinyl edges and back 6-12 pounds $39.99 - $49.99 Feeding holes slightly too large for slow feeding.
photos
Very durable. Made of flat webbing. Solid vinyl back.
Slow Feed Hay Net from chicksaddlery

2
2" (5.08 cm) holds 10-20 pounds- large 40" $7.99 comments strong challenger poly cord- colors available

Shires Equestrian

2
2" (5.08 cm)
$9.95

$7.95 at Cheshire Horse

Less durable.
Holes reported after two months of ice storms. Lasted six months with some mending.

Hoofcareunltd

2
About 2 inches -- not an exact measurement Small square bale $55 incl shipping in U.S.


CG Haynet XXL

1
6 cm
(2 3/8")
30 kg 94 EUR www.heunetz.de/ Will NOT ship to the US or Canada according to mfr.
Dura-Tech Slow Feed Hay Bag
Schneiders

1
3-1/2"
(8.89 cm)

$9.95 Holes are too large for slow feeding. May be useful for transitioning to slow feeding. Cotton.

Tip: It takes about a week for many horses to get used to eating from a small-mesh hay net. Until they are used to it, they may damage the net. A few horses may develop chapped lips during this time.

To avoid net damage, consider trying any of these options:
- Introduce slow feeding with a larger-hole net (over 4 cm) before switching to a more efficient hay net.
- Provide some loose hay along with the SMHN for the first few feedings.
- Fluff up the hay inside the net; pull some hay strands through a few of the holes.


icon: arrowAs a general guideline, choose a SMHN having hole sizes between 3.5 - 4 cm (1-3/8" to 1-5/8").

Look for options rated from
4 to 7 on JoAnn's Snarfometer.

Owners of IR (diagnosed insulin-resistant) horses may want to consider a NibbleNet 1.25", Hay Pocket, or Busy Horse Extra Slow feeder. (Anything rated 7 or 8 on the Snarfometer) These slightly more challenging feeders will be more efficient at slowing hay consumption, but may require extra steps for transition to slow feeding.



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BEARCAT70 Chick's saddlery Net - anyone tried it? 17 Dec 23 2011, 6:07 AM EST by waymire
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Likes, dislikes?
Looks like it holds a lot, comes in different colours and is cheap!
Any input before I order a couple?
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tangledmanes NibbleNet 1.25" 1 Dec 4 2011, 4:25 PM EST by KristinColorado
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I could not be more satisfied with the hole size and texture of these webbing bags. However, please don't buy one of these if your horse is not already an expert at a slow feeder bag with larger holes. My horses need to have a slower than normal slow feeder, and this is one of my favorites! Except when I have a round bale, I use this every day. It is easy to load and carry hay from the feed room. The vinyl sides do eventually show superficial cracking through the color layer, but they have held up for me without any rips. These are designed to be hung up on a wall or hay tree post, but NibbleNet has other products (with feeding openings in all sizes) designed for use down at ground level.
~JoAnn~
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tangledmanes Texas Hay Net 4 Oct 30 2011, 2:23 AM EDT by LeslieWalkerDavis
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In October of 2009, the Texas Hay Net became the first commercial round bale slow feeder net listed on our wiki. This thread is the place to add your comments if you've tried it!
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