The best & most natural position for horses to eat is from the ground
But how to stop hay or haylage from being wasted?
Bitless Bridle UK offers three solutions:
Ground hay nets, also called "Slow Feeders" designed & made in Germany
Designed to be used indoors or out, attached between fence posts, trees or to a wall, using these haynets will help to ensure that your horse doesn't develop teeth or jaw (TMJ) problems; a horse is designed to eat with the back and neck stretched downwards.
These haynets are designed to be used only for naturally kept (barefoot or unshod) horses, since a metal shoe could get caught in the net.
2. Tombstone Ring Feeders made in Wales, specially designed for horses
Some people use a cattle ring feeder for horses, but it is not ideal since the top bar tends to rub the horses' manes and can cause injury if the horse is startled and lifts his head quickly. This ring feeder has been specially designed for horses and so has no top bar. It is also fairly lightweight and therefore can easily be moved to avoid poached ground in winter. We strongly recommend that some form of net is used over the bale inside the feeder to minimise wastage and ensure the horses 'trickle feed'. We have successfully used the Haynet-XXL for this purpose. We also stock the Hay-Toppa net.
Can be used with barefoot and shod horses.
3. Big Bale Buddy, originating from Canada, now available in UK!
Practical & inexpensive solution
Developed to withstand the harsh northern Canadian weather. Does not freeze to the ground and stays flexible in extreme cold. Tough, durable, rot and stain resistant, 1500 denier, woven polypropylene with 2 years (1200 hours) of UV protection.
Special weave designed to allow water that gets inside the feeder to seep out while moisture hitting the outside of the Big Bale Buddy will be repelled, keeping your hay drier.