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Hay Chix Free-Up Feeder
Free-Up Feeder from Hay Chix

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Product Code: F

F Opening Size*:
1 1/4" / Slow Feed [$65.00]
1" / Slow Feed Extreme [$75.00]
1 3/4" / HEAVY DUTY [$65.00]
1 1/4" / HEAVY DUTY [$75.00]

  • Opening Sizes: 1 1/4" (SF/Slow Feed), 1" (SFX/Slow Feed Extreme), 1 1/4" (HD/Heavy Duty), 1 3/4" (HD/Heavy Duty) / More about opening sizes
  • Hay Capacity: Holds up to 1/2 of a small hay bale
  • Closure: Hitch-n-Pin
  • Install in stalls, trailers, lean-tos, turn outs, on panels, on fences, on barn walls
  • Equine-quality, UV-treated DuPont fiber netting
  • Made in USA, Hay Chix┬« Patented Design

What's included: Cinch Net Mini, Free-Up Frame, installation hardware, installation instructions. Note: Screws require a T25 star bit and are compatible for use with treated lumber.

Warning: Please use extra caution when using with horned animals or horses with blankets or non-breakaway halters. Nets may be used with shod horses, but must be used with a traditional hay ring that is flush with the ground. When using the smaller nets with shod horses, make sure to hang it high enough so the horse cannot paw at it.

The patented Free-Up Feeder is great for stall hay feeding and swings open to fill in less than 30 seconds! The metal Free-Up Feeder Frame measures 12" x 24" and features safe, rounded corners, plus a threaded locking nut. Open the nut to weave your Cinch Net onto the frame. Once the net is on the frame, turn the nut to close for additional safety and overall structural strength.

Ideal for: Large stables and streamlining chores. Use in stalls, trailers, lean-tos, turn outs, panels, fences or on barn walls. Works indoors or outdoors!

The SF/Slow Feed (1 1/4") opening size is good for horses that doen't get enough exercise or are metabolic. Very easy keepers who have used slow feed nets before do well on this net level. Also works well as a pacifier for stall-bound horses.

The SFX/Slow Feed Extreme (1") opening size is good for use with miniature horses or horses with metabolic issues. Do not use this opening size if your horses have not used slow feed nets before as it can be very frustrating for your horse. You can start your horse on a larger opening size and transition them to the SFX.

The Original (1 3/4") HEAVY DUTY opening size is good for more aggressive eaters and a larger herd. Also good for horses that haven't used a slow feed net before. It's great for slowing down horses that eat fast, are generally healthy, but waste too much hay.

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Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review »

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Great product January 19, 2016
Reviewer: OutBack Stables from Elizabeth, PA United States  
I bought 11 of the 1 1/4" nets a few years ago. Most of the nets have held up very well. Last year I ordered my 12th Free-Up Feeder with the 1 3/4" net for my last stall with a boarded horse that has never used a slow feed net before. My only "complaint" about the newest feeder is the latching mechanism. I much prefer the original U bolt with carabiner style clip. My nets with the carabiners hold much more hay than the current ones due to the fact the clip allows more room for the hay when the frame is closed. Hope this makes sense! Otherwise, I love your products!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Good Product November 27, 2015
Reviewer: Vicki Hall from Belleville, IL United States  
I bought the Free-Up feeder a year ago for my horse who had had colic surgery.  He is a horse who LOVES his food and while this feeder did slow him down eating his hay, he had a hole in it within 3 weeks.  I didn't call to return it at that time and just left it.  So, I have moved him to a different barn where he gets out more and is on hay all day so I didn't think I needed this in his stall.  Recently, he has had a few bouts of mild colic  and so I am going to order the heavy duty net to replace the one he tore.  I am hopeful he won't destroy this one.
It is a good product, easy to use and put hay into.  I would recommend it.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Great Hay Net February 12, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Cedar Lake, IN United States  
I bought my first Free-Up Feeder for a mare that really gobbles down whatever she is fed.  She's been rough on this net, pulls on it hard, but it has held up with no holes or tears for over one year.  I bought another for my other mare just to reduce the waste, since she moves around more in her stall and tends to spread some of the hay into wet spots or manure piles.  This is a worthwhile expenditure.

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What Took Me So Long?? November 24, 2013
Reviewer: Linda Nickel from White Hall, MD United States  
A friend purchased a round bale net from you several years ago, & raved about less waste and making her bales last so much longer. I don't feed round bales, & so didn't see the need for hay nets. Then we got a new 3 year old from a rescue.  Between growing, & having access to good hay, I suddenly started rethinking my hay feeding methods! We then helped a friend move her horse to a well respected boarding facility, & they use hay nets in the stalls! Still being a bit slow to catch on, I got a small hole net from a major tack retailer. I spent 2 weeks struggling to fill it, & tying it back together. I finally figured it out, & ordered a Free-Up Feeder for the new guy. It's 2 days later, & I just ordered them for the other 2 horses! Those guys like to roll their hay around the stall & out the door.  Ha!  Not for much longer! I can't say enough about these hay feeders: EASY to use, & makes use of every bit of the hay ration. I'm inviting all of my horse friends to come check them out!

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Alternate installation for Free-Up Feeder September 15, 2013
Reviewer: Ruth Ann from Allardt, TN United States  
My barn stall fronts have horizontal boards with one wide gap large enough for a horse to not catch his head in the gap but also wide enough so I can feed from the hallway.  I attached one edge of the feeder frame to the board above the gap with strong zip ties and the bottom of the frame to the board below.  The net hangs inside the stall and hay is easily placed in the net from the hallway.  I've used these Free-up feeders for six months and they are my favorite all time stall hay feeders.

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