With three horses on stall rest, I have recently come up with a new must have product. Nibblenets! http://www.thinaircanvas.com/nibblenet/nibblenetframe.htm
I have slow feeders outside in each paddock and I absolutely consider them essential to any farm. Keeps the horses eating 24×7, keeps paddocks clean, less hay wastage and perfect for those who inhale food. I actually find they eat the same amount of hay because they can’t waste it.
I had tried to find hay bags that worked and were easy to deal with but before I got the nibblenets I really didn’t find anything that I liked. The nibblenets are made out of a heavy canvas which has so far (knock on wood) held up super well to very heavy use for the horses. They are easy to fill and I can stuff two huge flakes in there or three small flakes. I like that they have a buckle at the top so you can tighten the top down enough that the horses can’t reach in from the top and cheat at pulling out hay. The horses were pissed at first but now just dig right in and pick at them for hours. It keeps the horses on stall rest entertained all day so they don’t just finish their hay quickly and stand their angry while I am at work. I also like that it keeps the hay from getting stirred all around the stall and mixed into the bedding. Letterman likes to do laps in his stall so hay mixed in with his sawdust makes a mess.
I also have much love for Cavallo boots- http://www.cavallo-inc.com/ I have these in several different sizes and they are mission critial when horses lose shoes, get abscess or even riding on rocks. Right now I am doctoring up a guy with an abscess and I just wrap the foot and throw the boot over so that he doesn’t mess up my bandage. Super easy! If a horse throws a shoe that I use the boot until the farrier gets there so I can prevent the foot from breaking up and getting bruised. They are so easy to put on and have held up to heavy use.
These are just two products that I have been glad to have over the past few weeks.