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Which size mesh should I choose?

Freedom Feeders are a training system.  Start with the 1.5″ size mesh, then work down to the smaller mesh if you have kept your nets full continuously but your horse is not walking away and self-regulating after several months of use.  Even if your horse is Insulin Resistant, start with the 1.5″ mesh to get them used to the nets before you go to 1″ to spread their meals out as long as possible.  For IR horses, your goal is to get where your horse does not go without hay for more than 2 hours after they’ve finished their last net.

Can I throw my net on the ground like a pillow?

Freedom Feeders are extremely versatile.  The Extended Day net comes with extra black cords that you can tie together to use as a weaving cord to close the flap.  The Trailer/Mini Net can be drawn closed then tuck the extra cord into the net. The Full Bale net comes with a weaving cord.  Either size you choose is very versatile and your installation is only limited by your imagination.

Can I pay by Credit Card?
Yes you can, just continue on through check out through the PayPal route.  It will give you a choice to pay by PayPal or Credit/Debit card once you are in the PayPal window.

Why do you use those “cheesy” carabiners?

We have to provide something that is safe for all size horses, mini’s to drafts, that can safely get you started using your Freedom Feeders. Our “safety break away clips”  that come with your nets are designed to show you optimum placing for hanging and closure.   We do sell replacement clips in our webstore or you should be able to find what you feel comfortably suits your animal at your local hardware store.  Please keep their safety in mind when changing out clips or other using hanging devices.

What are the black cords for that come in the extra package?

The extra black cords are spare parts that you can use to make a loop on your stall or fencing to clip the hanging clips to or they are actually long enough for you to weave them through the top of the net to make it into a traditional drawstring bag.

Do you have a guarantee/warrantee on the nets?
We do stand behind our product with the most comprehensive warranty in the business. However, these are horses we are talking about.   Please visit www. and we will do our very best to make sure you are a happy Freedom Feeder customer.

Will my horse chew through the net?
Freedom Feeders are made from 275# test knot-less woven 3mm nylon.  They are soft yet extremely durable.  The horses are going for the hay in the net, not the net.  However, horses are horses and this is a working net, not just a “not” holding net.  It takes more abuse than the normal hay net because is it controlling the horses from eating so fast.

The key is to never let the net go empty especially when first transitioning horses onto the nets.  They may get frustrated when they have an abundance of hay in front of them  and then it’s gone and they try to keep finding it somewhere in that net!

How long with my Freedom Feeder last?
Depending on how many horses are using the nets but we have had some in use for more than 6 years.  If you are asking how long it will take a horse to empty a net, the average horse will consume 2% of it’s body weight in forage.  So once a horse has transitioned and is self-regulating, a 1000# horse will consume 20-24# of forage.  The Extended Day net should last the average 1000# horse close to a day and a half.

Is it normal for the netting to “fray”?
Yes.  This material is actually a 275# test 3mm nylon shrimp fishing netting.  It is designed to hold up to some pretty harsh environments.  The outer weave binds with use and protects the inner structure of the weave.  This binding tends to look “frayed”.

Will my horse get enough hay out with the 1.5″ opening?

Keeping the nets full at all times allows the horses to have feed 24/7 similar to what they would have if they were in pasture.  The 1.5″ openings are optimum in that they slow the horses eating forcing them to chew their food which makes them salivate more increasing the PH and lowering the acid in the stomach so they digest all of their feed better.  Any larger openings doesn’t control how fast the forage comes out enough.  We are not restricting the amount of hay only controlling how fast they eat it.  Did you have an opportunity to watch the video on the website?  My personal favorite is the full bale bag.  We have 2 standing on end in each of the stalls and the Extended Day size out in the runs to create movement plus they get at least 20 minutes of exercise daily.  I only need to fill my bags 3-4 times a month but they have alllllll the hay they want.  No one’s fat, no ones thin.  Their mega calorie and protein levels are adjusted by supplements, not forage.

Will my horse get fat with all that hay?
Many horses do get a hay belly at first.   Hay bellies are not fat, they are from stomach gasses ramping up to digest the extra forage.Think of it like being on a very strict diet where your stomach has been burning with digestive acid for a very long time.  Then you go off the diet and are allowed to eat all you want at your favorite restaurant.  You eat until you want to pop, then realize that there’s still food and it’s not going anywhere soon.  Horses are the same way, we are re-training them to trust that they will never have acid burning their stomachs again and that they can trust that the food will always be there for them when they need it.

We have had some horses that have taken up to 3 months before they slow down.  We actually had to add more bags to their stalls until they finally felt safe that they weren’t going to run out. Ultimately they do start walking away and begin to self-regulate their intake.  The hay belly goes away, their temperament gets more relaxed, many stall vices are greatly reduced if not eliminated and you have a truly grazing animal back.

If you have an IR or cushinoid horse, please contact your vet or an equine nutritionist for some additional guidance. It may be best to use the nets only to slow down their eating until their weight stabilizes.  It’s also best with these horses to have a hay analysis so you can get a hay that is the very lowest in non-structural carbs and sugars.

What kind of hay can I put into the Freedom Feeder?
You can put any kind of hay in the Freedom Feeder Small Mesh Hay Nets.  It is best to use them for forage hays (bermuda, timothy, orchard, teff etc)  Although you can put alfalfa into the nets, the leaf will fall through.  We find it best to use the nets for forage and feed just enough alfalfa or protein to keep the top line on your horse from diminishing.  Some easy keeper type horses get enough calories from forage alone.

How many nets should I put up?
If you are using the Mini/Trailer size net, you will need at least 2 per horse per day.  Which is why we made the Extended Day nets.  We got tired of filling the small ones.  We recommend one Extended Day net per horse if they are all out together.  Spread them out so the horses are encouraged to move from net to net creating exercise and reducing competition for feed.  Once everyone is satiated, they may start finding their favorite feeding station and sharing nets. Even with one horse if you have 2 nets separated on opposite sides of it’s area it will create movement as the horse goes from one net to the other seeing if the “grass is greener”.  We personally have 2 of the Full Bale nets standing on end in our stalls and the Extended Day nets out in the runs to create movement.

Does the net hold up in weather?
We’ve had the nets in snow, wind, rain, and sun.  No problem.  Hay doesn’t stay in them long enough to get moldy and with all the openings there is plenty of ventilation and light if it did stay in it long enough.

Can I wash my Freedom Feeder Small Mesh Hay Nets?
Sure!  They’re nylon.  They wash great.  Take off the strings and clips so nothing gets tangled though or wash them by hand as small hay particles will get into your washer.

How high should I hang the net?
Optimally the nets should be hung as low as possible for proper grazing.  You can even use the strings to lace the nets closed across the top then throw them on the ground like a hay pillow.

If your horses are shod you can put them over a feed bin to prevent them from pawing and possibly getting a shoe stuck.  You can also hang the bottom of the net at chest height which is also out of reach from shoes.

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