I love to do product reviews. I love to do product reviews on purchases my boarders have made even more. 😉 I’ve never used a hay bag quite like this, and I had to share it with my readers in case you’re in the market for a new hay bag.
This particular hay bag is made by Derby, and it is no ordinary hay bag. I’m not sure if I would even classify it as a hay BAG, but more of an indestructible hay feeder that requires a person of high intelligence and extreme patience to fill and put together. The outside of the package should read: Assembly requires a PhD and stable emotional state of mind. Glass of wine recommended.
The horse who uses this hay feeder at my barn is a partial care boarder. He has colicked once, and his owner started using this feeder to encourage slow hay eating throughout the day. Smart move on her part! The first time I took care of her gelding over a weekend I pulled this heavy wad of nylon out of the stall and it blew my mind. I genuinely struggled with untying the rope, filling it in a tidy manner, and then putting it back together. By the time I was done, I was sweaty and tired, and my blood pressure was thumping higher than normal. However! After I figured it out, I marveled at my handiwork and began to appreciate the hay contraption. This bag is actually really cool.
You know those horses who always seem to rip every hay bag to shreds? No matter what kind you try, they can always bite the netting, tear a hole, or just pull the whole thing down and tromp around on it until it’s completely destroyed. This bag is very durable. The nylon is thick and sturdy, and the holes are small enough that a horse can’t grab into them too far. It would be perfect for the hay bag destroyer in your life.
Since the holes are super small, horses have to work pretty hard to get hay out. At first, I was concerned that the horse using this bag wouldn’t get as much hay as he needed. He gradually figured it out, and he’s actually eating more this month than he has in the past WITHOUT a feeder! He just eats it slowly ALL DAY LONG. For horses who get bored, or eat their hay too fast causing gas, this bag is ideal.
One of my fears with hay bags is horses pulling them down and getting tangled in them. This is usually only an issue with hay nets, but I’ve seen it happened first hand and it can be dangerous. I’ve seen owners tie them too loosely and eventually they come down in the stall, or sometimes horses can simply break the the string. This is absolutely not going to happen with the Derby hay bag. First of all, it sits on the ground! So there’s no room for error. Second, the holes are way too small for a hoof to go through. My boarder has been using this bag daily for months now, and I’ve never seen a single rip in the nylon. But if something does happen, Derby has a one year warranty on this hay feeder!
I will admit, the assembly is a little time consuming, but once you do it a few times it gets faster and faster. I don’t think the assembly should change, though. That’s what makes it unique! If you’re looking for a new slow feeder hay bag, or have a horse who destroys hay bags-you should try the Derby Natural Grazer Hay Feeder.