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Here are a few testimonials from our customers.  Please “Like” our Freedom Feeder Facebook page to read and share testimonials from customers from all over the USA.  Photos have also been posted showing different applications of Freedom Feeders.

GREAT PRODUCT!

I discovered your website about 4 years ago while researching for other feeding alternatives.  My horse was about 5 years old and the ranch I boarded at was very inconsistent with feeding times which became a great concern to me.  I began to study what is the best feeding program for horses and discovered “free feeding”.  I then bought my first hay net from your website.  I put it into use and found that given a choice my horse “prefers” pulling hay from the net rather than eating it off the ground or in a feeder.  Horses naturally feed taking small bites and the pulling and pushing against the net mimmicks perfectly what they would normally do in the wild.  My horse has never collicked and he has had the opportunity to “nibble” all day which keeps his GI tract working.  Of course, the owner followed suit and ordered 3 or 4 nets for herself…she has several horses.  Last year I changed to a different barn and the person that ran the facility did not understand free feeding so I was stuck feeding out of an open feeder.  This created problems where my horse would throw the hay all over his corral and then he was accused of wasting hay.  I then developed a way to show this person the benefit of free feeding by developing a tubular frame that fits against the corral fence with the tubing feeding thru the edge of the hay net.  There was no more wasted hay and it was very convenient for the man who feeds to deliver the hay into the net.  Of course, the manager was thrilled to see no hay on the ground and raved about this concept to the other horse owners and then they all wanted to know where I got my net.  So far, 6 boarders have bought one of your nets. One of the greatest benefits is that this also removes any questions about planning a ride and wondering if your horse has been fed or whether he is a hungry horse on the trail.  I also use the net for camping and find that the majority of friends I camp with will ask me where I got my hay net.  Feeding any other way is not an option.  I have a happy, healthy horse who is never anxious about food.  Because food is always there, he will even share with his horsey friends, goats, bunnies or whatever animal may pass by and want a bite.

Great Product!!

Patti

 

On Icelandics and other easy keepers:
Icelandics are easy keepers in that they don’t require much more than roughage hay, like Timothy, and a mineral supplement. When I bought my first Icelandic, after leasing one, I was informed he ate 3x a day and that before I rode him, I should give him 4-6 soaked alfalfa cubes mixed with green clay to help absorb the acid in his stomach and prevent ulcers. Subsequently, I read up on horse ulcers. It was pretty shocking. I have been riding all my life–everything from show horses to trail horses and I have only been in barns that fed 2x a day. YIKES! I wanted to do the right thing for my horse. So, I consulted with a few people and one person, a trainer familiar with Icelandics, recommended I transition to free choice. Everyone else I spoke with said, “Don’t do it!”  I read and studied some more.
I thought about the trainer I bought the horse from. She was so careful to feed 3x a day using hay nets with 1-inch holes. She was quite specific. She was very serious about the horses living a happy and calm life and her Icelandics, over 20 of them at a time, had absolutely no ulcers or colic and they were all very calm (calmer than usual for Icelandics, who are calm normally!).
Free choice made good sense. So, I ordered the day bags from Freedom Feeder. My Icelandic, who was already familiar with the hay nets, loved them immediately. He knew just what to do and I could not keep the bags full enough. So, I ordered the extended day bag. He ate all the hay in that, too!
I was on day 4 of the transition. I was scared. He ate 23 pounds of Timothy. I started weighing and recording how much he ate each 24 hour period. He was unstoppable! I thought he would pop! He got a little hay belly, but his girth fit normally. So, I carried on with the transition. Week one–19-24 pounds of Timothy a day! He didn’t pop. But, I was terrified. I continued with his mineral supplement and made sure he had enough granular salt.
Week two, I was so scared. I called Melissa, who makes the Freedom Feeders. She assured me that her other Icelandic clients transitioned successfully to free choice. She reminded me that I lived in Seattle and was transitioning my horse in October, when he was getting ready for winter. “Stick with it,” she said.
That day, after the call, I went to the barn to refill the hay net. There were 8.5 pounds of hay left in it! It was day 16! The next day, there were 4 pounds left in the bag. The next day 3 pounds. The next day 1.5 pounds.
Going into week three, each day there was between 1.5 and 3 pounds of Timothy left in the bag. My 4-year-old Icelandic was eating between 18-19 pounds of hay a day. His girth still fit and he was fine.
It’s week four and now he eats about 16-20 pounds a day. There is always something left. And, if I sweep loose hay down the hatch into his stall, he leaves it. He prefers to tug from his hay net!
Everyone at the barn is amazed by the success of the Freedom Feeder.
I just placed an order for 2 whole bale bags. I will be using these going forward.
My take-aways:
1. I didn’t understand ulcers and how horses don’t have gallbladders and the natural way a horse eats.
2. I needed to do the research to better understand the benefits of free choice feeding
3. Feeding on a regimented schedule was, in my opinion, designed for human convenience, control and to save money
4. I weighed all the hay at first. Once I was able to let go of that, I realized that I should just use the giant bale hay nets and not worry. Nothing bad is going to happen. I had to learn to let go of control.
5. I no longer mix the alfalfa cubes with green clay before I ride. I don’t have to, as my horse always has something in his belly.
My suggestions to people transitioning their horses to free choice:
1. If you need the control, start with smaller bags that you can always weigh, but be sure to have multiple bags so that your horse never runs out of hay–that is your key to success
2. If you are brave, start with the bale bags
3. Horses love the tugging action they have to do in order to get the hay, so start with the 1.5″ mesh then move down to the smaller 1″ if necessary using the Lifetime Guarantee.
4. Don’t give up. It took my Icelandic 16 days to transition. It could take your horse up to 90-days.
5. Realize that the truth may be that you are currently not feeding your horse enough hay–especially if you are feeding just 2x a day. Forgive yourself, move on and let your horse eat the natural way with a Freedom Feeder hay net.
I wish I would have had these nets years ago!!
I recently purchased 5 hay nets to prepare my horses for travel from Oregon to Florida. We began using them 3 days ago.In all my years in the industry and all of the horses we have had in our stable there has never been a product more successful, helpful and worth writing about.I no longer have horse’s kicking the stall at feed time. They no longer devour their food as if its their last meal. (Our horses are fed 4x’s daily not including turnout to pasture)
We have watched two horses that like to chew the wood on the stall walls no longer have interest and prefer to eat from the net.As far as barn management my staff no longer feels pressured to be sure horses are fed on time because they always have food.I wish I would have had these nets years ago!!

 

Dominant mare looses weight, gets happy and I now have a happy, settled herd after only a month of slow feeding with Freedom Feeders.

I have three freedom feeder small hay nets for my three horses. I cannot believe the change in personality since they have transitioned to the hay nets. It used  to be a feeding frenzy when I fed twice a day with the dominate horse moving the others constantly even though I would put out 6 piles of hay. The dominate mare developed ulcers so I started feeding three times a day and she got fat and was still really crabby. Now, they are all relaxed, and I can fill the hay nets and they have hay continuously.  I have had the nets for less than a month but I am using less hay less because they don’t spread it around and step on it. When I first set up the nets they just ate constantly but now even the dominate mare seems to realize that there will always be food and she is eating less and starting to lose a little weight without me restricting her intake. The other two have remained the same, so I think they are self regulating. They eat for a while and then walk away.  The two non dominate horses will share a feeder and they would never share a pile of hay. They just seem so much happier. I think they were so anxious when they were fed twice a day that they would paw and pace around the paddock, and just about wreck fences. I thought my horses were high strung. They are so relaxed and gentle now. I can’t say enough good things about the change the slow feeders have made in my horse’s lives. I highly recommend them. — Sue

Freedom Feeders help stall bound laminitic horses AND their owner cope with lay-up

“The nets really came in handy this last week when one of my horses developed laminitis from lush pasture and he and his pasture-mate had to go on stall rest for a week.  Fortunately, I had literally just received and hung my freedom feeder extended day nets in their stalls, so my horse and donkey had constant access to small amounts of feed throughout the day.  It was worry free for me and clearly less boredom for them!  Horse care (feeding) and even cleaning the stall was a breeze all week.  Since the horses don’t toss the hay around the stall and soil it,  mucking is quick and easy.  In addition, because I can take the feeders to where I store my hay, fill them,  and then hang them in the stall, I also don’t have a big mess to clean up in the barn aisle after feeding time, and depending on the horse – I only have to fill the bags about every 5-7 days!.  I have already told several of my friends about the feeders and next fall plan to order a couple of the your bale size feeders for pasture use over the winter.  Thanks for the great product and the great customer service. “
Thanks so much!
Jennifer
Durham NC

 

 

Freedom Feeder Saved My Horse’s Life… Literally!
Totally love the nets may have saved my horses life rephrase …they did save my horses life, by getting her digestion system working it let her pass a gastrointesinal entrolithsis…about the size of a tennis ball……now my horses are happy and content also…love the nets..
Freedom Feeders are the best feeders on the market!
After years of wasted hay (and money), picking up the daily mess, worries about available feed during storms, and annual spring cleanings of the pasture after the ice melts, we found the Freedom Feeder.  We love them as much as our horses do…   We fill them through the fence from the outside of the pasture (mail slot style) and avoid filling the feeders amidst hungry horses.
Feeding time is a joy with much less work and mess.  Our horses are eating fresh hay all day and night and we are actually saving money!
Thanks for such a great product!
Dee
Sanford, MI
10/21/11

NET HAS SLOWED MY HORSES RATE OF CONSUMPTION DOWN DRAMATICALLY

I want to thank you for your wonderful  product!  My horse eats like he’s facing his last meal, and I’ve been dealing with this problem for over 10 years.

For the last 4 years I have used another net product, which still allowed sizeable mouthfuls to be consumed. The design of your net has slowed my horses rate of consumption  down  DRAMATICALLY!  AND, he seems very happy while withdrawing small amounts from the net, a little at a time.

I purchased the first net three days ago, and went back for a second one yesterday so I can have the next meal always ready to go!

Thanks again,
Donna
Paso Robles, CA

FREEDOM FEEDERS EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
I bought the mini-bags at the Equine affaire in Pomona. Best thing I ever bought for my horses. My oldest horse has stopped pacing circles in his stall and everyone else is quieter since he is. Now it takes no time to clean the stalls that were practically “strip jobs” every day. Now I want to get the bigger bags for winter feeding outside when the grass is gone…no more cleaning the feed lot from trampled hay! No more wasting expensive hay! Thanks for a great product that actually exceeds expections!
Charlotte 8/23/11

 

HORSES NOT BARN SPOILED AND THEY ALL GET ALONG NOW
I will never be without the small mesh Freedom Feeder again! Now, when I am out riding my horses, they are not barn spoiled and anxious to get back to the barn. They no longer have to worry if it is feeding time or if another horse is going to eat their share before they get back! Because they always have food!!!

Also, all of the dominate posturing over food has disappeared. The Dominate and submissive horses now get along, and even eat out of the same net.
Melanie 7/13/11

LOVE OUR FREEDOM FEEDERS
We sure love our Freedom Feeders! Great news for horses who do not or cannot have access to pasture, like the senior horses in our ‘Golden Years’ program. These net feeders help to simulate the natural grazing environment that is optimal for a horse’s mental and physical health. Restricted free access feeding via Freedom Feeders makes the horse work for his food and causes him to take smaller bites, promoting proper mastication, aiding in digestion, and relieving boredom. Oh, and they save you time and money by reducing feedings and eliminating waste! These feeders are TOUGH, and have withstood several months now of inclement weather and busy mouths nibbling through them. Both the extended day feeders and the bale bags are super easy to use. I just can’t believe we went so long without them!
~Michele Lamelin, Founder/Teacher, Mending Hearts Horse Rescue/Rehab/Advocacy www.horsenation.info/mendinghearts www.facebook.com/mendingheartshorseadvocacy

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