HayPlay Slow Feed Bag
- Regular price
$ 119.95 USD
- Regular price
- Sale price
$ 119.95 USD
Non-toxic, ultra-durable, easy-fill, slow-feed hay bags that can be hung in stalls / trailers, used as a ground-feeding enrichment toy (see: how to tie your bag safely for ground feeding), or as part of a track system. Useful for horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats.
Made of heavy-duty, weatherproof, PVC-coated material, this bag can stand up to the toughest conditions. It will not crack or weaken in extremely cold or hot temperatures. Triple-reinforced, 3-inch holes were specifically designed to slow intake while allowing the horse to eat naturally, reducing neck and back strain caused by pecking at small-hole nets.
These slow-feed hay bags keep hay entirely contained and clean, resulting in virtually NO hay loss. Haynets on average result in 10-15% of hay being lost because it ends up in the bedding or dirt. Because these bags are solid, very little hay falls out when the horse is eating. They also greatly reduce dust and allergies that cause respiratory and breathing issues.
- Half dimensions: 37 inches (95cm) tall x 19.5 inches (50cm) diameter ~ half bale
- Snack dimensions: 30 inches (75cm) tall x 15 inches (40cm) diameter ~ 3 flakes
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How to use
Hanging it up: Use rope to cinch the bag closed and tie to hang. For safety, we recommend using baling twine at the point of attachment so it will breakaway in case of emergency.
Ground feeding: You can place the HayPlay Bags on the ground so your horse can roll and toss them as an enrichment and slow-feeding activity. Make sure to tie the bag so that there are no loose parts of rope for the horse to get tangled in. You can also use baling twine instead of the rope to tie the bag so it will breakaway in case of emergency.
For more information see our video on how to tie your bag safely
How Much Hay is in a Bale?
Where the half-bale size HayPlay Bag is concerned, you might wonder what manner of bale we mean!
For our purposes, we are talking about the East coast / 2-string bale of hay, around 50lbs. So our "half-bale" can hold around 25 pounds of hay.
Our bags vs hay nets
Slow-feed hay nets can cause a lot of neck and back strain because the horse has to peck at the hay. Our bags offer larger holes, which reduce strain and tension.
In fact, the hole size in our bags was rigorously tested and designed specifically to be large enough to allow stress-free eating but small enough to slow them down.
What is the bag made of? Is it durable?
The HayPlay Bag is constructed from a food-grade, non-toxic, heavy-duty, marine-grade, PVC material that remains flexible in extreme conditions. The material does not hold moisture so it will not freeze, crack, or become rigid. Temperature range: -22F to +158F (-30C to +70C)
It is very tough and durable. Here's a video about the materials and construction of the HayPlay Bags!
We offer a 1-year, one-time replacement warranty that coversthe following: all hardware parts, the stitching around the holes, and tears in the material larger than 1 inch. Normal wear and tear on the bags, like the outer coating wearing down and minor cracking, is not covered.
We are confident that the bags will maintain their usability for a long time, so please reach out if any minor damage becomes a larger issue that qualifies for a replacement.
Can a 3" hole really slow intake?
There is a big difference in how horses eat from a hay net vs these bags. Even the smallest 1" slow-feed hay nets have more open surface area than our bags. So even though the HayPlay bags have larger openings, there are fewer of them and hay is less exposed because it is enclosed.
Our experience is that the "snack-size" bag will last a typical horse about 4 hours, the half-bale size about a day or night, and the bale size about 20 hours.
Is it safe for horses with shoes?
Yes, they are safe for shod horses! Unlike hay nets, these bags are a solid material so there is no netting for legs or shoes to get entangled in.
We do recommend using baling twine (fiber, not plastic) when hanging the bags, so if a horse were to get caught somehow (since they are horses), the twine would break rather than the bag.
If you are using the HayPlay bags on the ground, please see our tutorial on how to tie your bag safely
Can I use it for my mini?
Yes, they are safe for miniature horses and donkeys of all sizes! Even if a mini happens to put a hoof in one of the holes, they will usually just pull their hoof out with ease.
There is nothing for them to get tangled in like with hay nets. Click here for footage of minis interacting with the HayPlay Bag XL.
Rinse with water or wash with a mild soap. Avoid using abrasive cleaners as this can damage the outer coating.
If you hang the HayPlay Bag in a stall, occasionally rotate the direction the bag is hung so that your horse's favorite hole locations are not overused.
Keeping bags relatively full can help decrease stress on the bag from pawing, biting, etc.
I have been searching for a slower feeding system that feeds off of the ground.
I stumbled across this Product from a targeted ad.
On a wim I thought I'd try it.
I bought 2 half bale bags.
We have been using them regularly for about 2 months and I really am happy with the product.
I will be buying 2 more for camping and my Sport horse.
I can feed off the ground with this even with shoes on.
Our mule has been the beta tester for this, and he actually prefers to eat from the bag vs the loose hay. I think he finds the puzzle intriguing.
The material is super durable and holds up to a fair amount of abuse, and I suspect he and my horse play tug with it when the bag is empty, as I often find the empty bag in my horses stall.
The material is super easy to clean, and you can soak your hay in these as well.
I tie the top with bailing twine. They aren't a bear to load.
I give it 9.5 out of 10.
The bale size is based off small bales, and I could see the need down the road to replace the grommets at the top. I'd like the hole another 1/2 inch smaller, but as it stands I have zero worries my mule will get a foot through this. This isn't so much as slow feeder, but it does slow them them. I see it as an enrichment tool.
I will buy one for my Sport horse and replace his Porta grazer.
Kathleen, thank you for your incredibly thorough review and assessment. We are so appreciative of you taking the time to observe the HayPlay Bags and how your herd is using it. Means a lot to us - and to other customers - to have these detailed reflections on the product! We're also glad to hear that the horse and the mule have been enjoying the half-bale bags. Their satisfaction and enrichment is important, too!
It wasn't what I thought it would be.
Would like the rope to have big knot at one end with loop and carbiner at other!
My horses are loving it. The only thing I would change was the closure. The rope does tend to freeze making it hard to untie it. We are using these at -20F and the bag itself does not freeze which was one of my concerns before purchasing it. Will be buying more.
I have almost every slow feeder enrichment type bags for my horses. So far I’m impressed with this one. The material is super strong and easy to use and clean. My horses seem to really like it. It’s not a slow feeder per se as they can get more out of it but it also doesn’t frustrate them. I just bought another one
Julie, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! It's been enlightening to see how many people are using the HayPlay Bag as a complement to other slow-feed / enrichment tools. It's fantastic to hear, not only how they stack up next to others, but also how the various features set them apart and add to their value as supplemental parts of an enrichment system!