Slow Feeding Horses + Giveaway from The Hay Pillow, Inc.

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Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Heather A says:

    I have an Arab and a mule. I would like to slow my Arab mare down more as I have notice that she will get cow plops when she goes too long between feedings. Everything else has checked out medically. The days I am able to go out there for lunch ( one and two ;)). I noticed there are no cow plops the next morning. So I definitely can see that 3-4 spread out meals does make a difference for her. I would love to see what happens if slowed down even more.

  2. Tina Euforbia says:

    I believe the Hay pillow would be great for my horse. I am a new horse owner and I am just learning. I have seen that my horse waste a lot of hay. I believe the horse pillow will help me save money and benefit my horse at the same time.

  3. Jamie Oakman says:

    My horses can both benefit from slow feeding. My 13 yr old TWH mare is a chunky girl and requires a muzzle when on grass. This is the first winter we will have with her since purchasing her and I’m definitely trying to come up with ways to give her free access to forage 24/7, but limit her intake. I made one hay feeder with a hay net, but she is very rough with it. I think the pillow would be a much better option for her! My other horse is an 18 yr old Saddlebred/Trakehner gelding who is a hard keeper. He gets all the hay he can eat, on the other hand. But feeding the two horses together in the pasture requires some creativity.

  4. Marie says:

    I have an Arab-cross mare that is too smart for her own good, prone to boredom, and also an easy keeper. A good slow feeder like the pillow would solve all these problems, along with a few of my own (hay wastage, for example). I’ve also heard slow feeder bags make soaking hay easier and cleaner, which could be useful for the IR horse my mare shares a paddock with.

  5. Kathy says:

    I have a horse just diagnosed with IR. He has to either wear a muzzle 24/7 or wear one while on turnout and spend the rest the day stalled or in a dry lot and he eats his hay so fast he is let with so much time to just do nothing.

  6. AnneMarie Azijn says:

    I am sure slow feeder hay nets help the horses which are lower in ranking to also be able to eat at ease. There is much less fighting for the best spot because there are many more feeding spots available and there is always some food to find.

  7. yvonne says:

    I have 3 oversized horses, arab, frisian and barock pinto….i want to give them 24 hours hay…. but…. they eat like… so i think my horses (and i) really need them, to get healtier with a full tummy…

  8. Diane Kaser says:

    I have two Morgan geldings. One is 19 and the other is 6. They both are air ferns. The younger one more so. His name is Danny and he would definitely benefit. We feed about 4 meals a day. A slow feeder would be beneficial for all horses especially at night so they can ‘graze’ during the night.

  9. Mickie Perini says:

    I have 2 horses and from what I am learning, horses need to eat like horses! In other words, eating 2-3 flakes of hay 3x/day is not great for their gut health. I would like to keep hay in front of my horses at all times. I have a paddock paradise track around my pasture and the hay pillows would be great! I could use several of them at different locations around the track.

  10. miranda says:

    A friend of mine uses the Hay Pillow and I think it’s a great product. I would love to try it and recommend it to my friends and fellow boarders. I think all stalled horses will benefit ffromusing the Hay Pillow as it promotes slower eating and keeps the hay clean and off the ground. My mare definitely could use one. Thanks!

  11. Karen says:

    My 20 yr old chubby alpha mare could be out without a muzzle. With several slow feeders the other horses could have their turn at the hay. I like the natural feeding position for a horse prone prone to choke.

  12. Debora Lay says:

    I personally have IR horses and foster many EMS/IR horses for the local rescue. These horses have a flaw in the “switch” that turns off the hunger response. They act like they are hungry all the time, because they are! I have devised and concocted numerous ways to keep hay in front of them, but would be thrilled to have a product like the hay pillow to help these horses have access to hay in a safe manner. Thank you for your consideration of my request.

  13. Sarah Merry says:

    I believe my horses benifit greatly from slow feeders. There is less hay wasted and they get to ‘graze’ throughout the day. It is the most natural way to feed. I have made all kinds of slow feeders, I think the hay net versions are the best kind. I love to see what my horses think of the hay pillow.

  14. Deborah says:

    I have two Arabians who are easy keepers. I would love to try your product and compare it to the nibble net. I used the nibble net with my sweet horse that passed due to cancer. He also had ulcers. I think these products are fabulous and highly recommend them.
    thank you

  15. Regina says:

    I feel that it would help improve digestion for my horse.

  16. Becky Rostykus says:

    I have been feeding at ground level for years. I think this would be a great way to feed and and make my horses slow down while eating hay.

  17. Laura says:

    My hungry Hoover has developed food aggression. My Morgan was diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome and her very controlled diet leaves her without hay. She is forced to hear the other happily munching horses while she stands watching from her stall. I board at a stable with no dry lot, so she is stalled at night to give her a break from the muzzle. A slow feeder would help make the hay last longer while stalled during the night and reduce the aggression on the horse stalled next to her.

  18. Hannah says:

    My Shetland has dropped to a safe weight,so now its just keeping those extra rolls off her neck,but can be hard during MN winters,when they need to be eating and would be perfect for her at night

  19. Barbara ODay says:

    I have been using the slow feeders and feeding from the ground for many years now and love to use them…. but one of my mares is still eating way too fast from the larger openings that the slow-feeder that I have for her and I would love to try your product to see if it works better. If so, I would probably buy at least 5 to 10 more.

  20. Summer Gengenbach says:

    I have been wanting something to occupy my horses while traveling for competition. They usually are not in stalls until it is show time and I think a slow graze hay bag would help the day go by easier. Hope I win it!!!

  21. Megan Naylor says:

    A few weeks ago I called about an ad for a Mustang Mare ” free” to a good home. I am always skeptical about such ads since in my experience “free” often turns out to be code for the horse is sick or injured or so spooky they won’t let you in the field with them.

    I must be crazy i thought while dialing the number on the ad, yet I called anyway.
    Sometimes I get this feeling in my gut that says that an animal needs rescuing and love, but has amazing potential.

    We set up a time to meet and a few days later i showed up to the barn.
    She was waiting in a large round pen with two mini donkeys at her side.

    Her history was murky. BLM Mustang from somewhere out west. The local animal control had recently seized her after finding her tied by her neck with a short rope to a tree without food or water.

    She was a stunning, dark beauty with a matted mane and tail and built like a tank. The first thing I noticed when i looked at her eyes were their depth. The kind of eyes that had seen it all. Both skeptical and kind. That was all it took. She was ” the one.”

    Since she has been at our farm, the Mustang mare now named Super Nova after the explosive star, has settled in but continues to fight for food.

    We have tried stalling her during feeding to let her know she doesn’t need to fight to eat anymore, but she refuses to settle.

    A slow feeder would greatly benefit Nova, because it would allow her to eat hay at our farm in a similar manner to grazing over a long distance, since it will slow her down and give her a chance to relax.

    Please consider Nova for this giveaway. It may help soothe our newest addition and help her trust people again,

    Thank you!

  22. Karianne Sandven says:

    What a brilliant concept!
    I have a shetland/arab-mix. He is eating sooo fast..! All the hay one can buy here in our area is “too good” for him, so he cannot have too much of it otherwise he will be too fat and in risk of defferent diseases. This again results in the hay disappearing in no time at all! The horses get their last meal of the day at 20.00 and their breakfast at 08.00. So I am always on the lookout for something to make his hay last as long as possible into the night. I am currently using one of those you tie up. But I don’t really like them since his head/jaws are not in “the correct eating position”.
    I really we can try these one day!

  23. Valerie Vaughn says:

    I use slow feeding hay nets already with great success with my big Warmblood and arab. I just continuiously stuff the net when it gets low. They provide hay and some entertainment as they pull and tug at the nets… I’ve been eyeing one of these pillows for awhile!

  24. Carla Caudill-Waechter says:

    Ground feeding with the Hay Pillow is a more natural feeding position that helps digestion; also, I’m sure my boys will have fun playing with the pillow!

  25. Holly says:

    I actually bought 2 hay pillows for my mares. They live together and share feed however one likes to move around a lot while eating (hanging nets would be a disaster) and the other prefers to stand in place and gorge herself. What I have found with the hay pillows is my mover gets to drag the pillow all over the place and my other mare is encouraged to move more. Not only does it allow them to eat slowly in the proper position, but it makes them think a bit more and be active. On nice days I allow them access to an adjoining pasture with some grass and after 2 weeks of using the pillows I watched them go outside for about 15 minutes and then both came back in and started eating from the pillows. To me there is no better answer to their effectiveness then a horse that prefers them over pasture. Simply a “win win” for everyone and for every reason. I just wish I could afford more of them so I could scatter them about:)

  26. Hilary says:

    I have a 14 year old paint mare who has had a 2 subacute laminitis flare ups. We monitor everything carefully and are meticulous with what we feed her. She pulls the hay from the hay rack, the decides it’s ok to eat. So we leave it in a bucket in her stall. But then she sorts out the different parts between the floor and the bucket. (Does anyone else have a horse that does this?) I suspect she sorts it so she can get to the shorter chaff parts. She eventually will eat it all, but she makes such a mess! When we turn her out with the other two horses she’s muzzled most of the year. Having something like the hay pillow would help greatly!

  27. Melissa Giordano says:

    I have a 25 year old QH who is a very easy keeper. I have to limit her pasture time and when she is in her dry lot she eats her hay so quickly that she is standing around and is quickly starting to develop some bad habits such as wind sucking and cribbing. She only does these vices when she is confined and does not have hay available. I know a hay pillow would help slow her hay consumption down which would allow her more happy time in her dry lot.

  28. Cindy Kohlmaier says:

    My horse could benefit because
    Their digestive system is made to have roughage in it 24/7.
    Their teeth need to chew roughage 24/7
    Their mental health depends on nibbling 24/7
    * sleep time is not figured into “24/7” 🙂

  29. Robynne Catheron says:

    We have just about every brand and type of small-mesh slow-feeding hay nets on the market, and your Hay Pillow is by far our favorite. It’s the only net with 1″ holes that my horses and mini-donks like. I think it’s probably because it’s not made with the typical nylon web straps so it’s easier to get a bite, but it still makes them work for it and significantly slows them down. I also like that the Hay Pillow is intended to lay on the ground, putting their bodies in the natural position for grazing. Even more importantly, when grazing or eating from ground level, their jaws are aligned properly which means their teeth will wear down evenly, with less points and hooks. Our equine dentist loves to see that!
    We only have the one Hay Pillow because we’re living on our military retirement checks and good quality hay nets are pricey, so I hope we win this.

  30. Emily Mahon says:

    I have a QH gelding in his late teens named Poco. We rescued him 8 years ago from a new to horses owner that didnt know what they were doing. He was a 1.5 body condition score with a skin fungus that didnt trust people. After months working with him he became the best horse. He was an all around 4-h mount and trusted trail mount for me in high school. Now in college, He has become even more special as a beginner lessons mount, a teaching horse for the for the local vet school to train their students without prior horse experience, and a therapy horse who took a couple local riders with disabilities to the state Special Olympics competition and helped them each earn medals. Unfortunately in his older age he has developed arthritis and the on coming cold winter weather is hard on the old boy. On the really cold days when the ground is hard and frozen he has to stay in his stall or be stiff and sore. It would be wonderful for him to have one of these so he wont be bored and hungry in his stall. He had a rough time in life and has still gone on to help humans even after all he has went through. He deserves this in my slightly bias opinion 😀

  31. Angela Pleger says:

    I have 2 easy keepers-a 6 yr old Arab/Quarter cross stallion and a 5 yr old Paint Quarter gelding. Prior to us owning both they had been stabled/stalled and lead very “unhorse-like” lives. Our goal is for both to be as “horsey” as possible. We switched them to ground feed, they are pastured 24/7..within months of these changes they both blossomed. Unfortunately my farm is abit arid in places leaving our pastures less than idea so we have to rely on hay more than we like. We’ve tried rationing, which leaves them with not getting enough, we’ve tried setting out square bales to see if waste is less but they still last about the blink of an eye, we’ve finally settled on round bales which gives them an adequate amount of hay but of course results in significant waste and very little movement. Recently I went back to scattering piles through the pasture which has helped get them moving again but I spend all day shuttling hay to them to ensure they get enough to meet their needs the way they currently consume it. I love the idea of the Hay Pillow. I have been looking at investing in a few since I learned of them, but being on a tight budget it will be awhile before I can start squeezing in the purchases. I’m dedicated to getting my boys completely back to being horses! If I can keep them eating correctly and moving the benefits to them physically and mentally are a no-brainer. Winning one would be a heaven send!

  32. Christine McGarrigle says:

    My horse(s) would totally benefit from the Ultimate slow feed bag, because all my horses tend to be on the heavier side so they are on a strict diet. I have an older gelding that suffers from ring bone and another that has foundered in the past before he came to live with us and another that is just prone to be fat.. With their diet they only get a certen amout of hay when fed, and it doesn’t seem to last them too long before it’s gobbled up. Then they are just waiting for the next feeding.. I would like of they would slow down! So there is not so much time in between feedings, cause bored time becomes bad habit time.. And nothing is worse then a horse with bad habits such as wood chewing or pawing or something worse! So we’d love to win this.. For my fat horse(s) sake 🙂

  33. Roxanne says:

    It would be awesome for my horses to eat from a hay pillow instead of making their hay into a hay pillow. They are all on the high side of the henneke scale and I’d love for them to have hay 24/7 without eating most of it and sleeping, and making it their toilet….less waste would be great!

  34. debbie granat says:

    its going to be a rough year money wise so for my horse’s health as well as for financial reason…i could REALLY use a slow feeding pillow.

  35. Natalie Simmons says:

    My horse would benefit from a hay pillow for a number of reasons, as the hay this year is really rich so his white hind legs are now brown as happens when on haylage, but we are feeding hay. Also, we don’t have a hay feeder, so are feeding hay from the ground so there is a lot of waste, and a hay pillow would help with both of these issues.

  36. Lizzie says:

    We have three minis and believe in access to hay 24/7… but these little guys just love to eat and never stop-since too much hay can give minis diarrhea, among other problems, we’re struggling to keep them happy and healthy at the same time! They’ve got a regular haynet but the holes are so big they can fit their entire muzzles in to snag all the hay they want and spread it everywhere and then stomp on it!

  37. Cyndi says:

    I would love to give one of these a try!! I have 6 horses and need to find a type of slow feeder bags that will help them eat less longer. Thank you 🙂

  38. Jenny says:

    I like my mare to have free access to hay 24/7 however if I leave it on the ground she just stands there and eats until it’s all gone, I now hang some hay bags strategically around her paddock so she does have to work a bit harder to get it. The problem is the holes in the hay bags are way too big so a lot still ends up on the ground, I would love to try the hay pillow as they look so much better than the hay bags I currently have & also look fabulous to hang in the float while traveling.

  39. Cheryl says:

    My horse has been eating out of a slow feeder bag for over a year. Last spring I nearly lost her to a lengthy illness. Steriods made her eat like a fiend which resulted in an impaction colic episode. While in the clinic they realized she’d eat her hay too fast, get a belly ache and lay down. Their fix was a hay bag…just the ordinary kind. A friend sent me a better one once we were home, and we haven’t looked back. The hay pillow intrigues me as I’d prefer her to be able to eat off the ground, not from a hanging bag.

  40. Diana Gogan says:

    I have an IR/Cushing mare who LOVES her food! I’d love to try this, as I imagine having to slow down to eat and making her food last longer would make her more content as her food would last longer (she gets bored waiting for the other horses to finish eating) and help her health concerns.

  41. Nan Resch says:

    My aged Arab would benefit from the Hay Pillow because my daughter could place it near the back of the pasture at feeding time, causing him to move more, and stay limber.

  42. Judy says:

    My 16 yr old mule, Molly is having problems with a partial blockage among other things. The one suggestion my local vet and the university said to try is a hay bag that has small holes to slow her down eating. Your cool hay bag would help so much. She is a sweet mule so I want to do all I can for her. I will be taking her back to the university for an ultrasound next month (December) to check on how she is doing. The hanging hay pillow would be a blessing for her.

  43. Denise says:

    I am on a quest to find a slow feeder that my gelding doesn’t conquer. We have tried 3 different kinds of slow feeders and after a few days, he is back to finishing his meals in record time. He is a chunky gelding, 15.3, and LOVES to eat. Oh, I forgot to mention that he is also missing all the teeth on the bottom left, and still can get his food in his mouth in a flash! I am concerned about his weight all the time and would love to try the Hay Pillow. Thank you for this opportunity.

  44. Linda Schaap says:

    Another hay pillow would be great as an extra since my mare dunks hers in the water trough

  45. Anne Thornton says:

    Slow feeders would benefit my horses because we live in the desert where there isn’t any pasture. Having something to nibble on all the time would make conditions more natural for them.

  46. jackie says:

    We own 2 Hay pillows and LOVE them. We use ours for late night hay in the stalls. Our mares got use to them by the second night and we found them to be safe, super easy to use and to keep clean. I would love to win one to give as a gift to a rescued horse a friend recently took in. She’d love to use it at night too.

  47. Renee Gallegos says:

    I have rescued 7 miniature horses and a donkey, I would love to let them munch all day as I know it is a better way to feed but unfortunately most of my herd is overweight and it is not conducive to feed that way. The Hay Bag is brilliant, I would love to win one.

  48. Shelley says:

    Slow feeding I’m sure helps my easy keepers with having their low calorie hay last longer and helps them have something in there gut most of the time as a grazing horse should. And especially helps my mustang, who when fed without a net gets so overly excited at feeding time that she takes big mouthfuls on her first couple of bites, sometimes causing her to lay down and groan. I used to think she was colicking. Over the years, now I’m pretty sure it is a mild form of choke . . . she tends to be dramatic. I would love to try the Hay Pillows to see they work well for us.

  49. Shelley says:

    I didn’t mean to leave another comment, but I just realized that the fact that the netting is only one side might be helpful in keeping dirt out of the hay . . . now that I live in a wetter climate, where dirt might be sticking to my usual hay balls. I can’t attach to fence, because it is electric. Now I’m even more excited, to get a chance to try the Hay Pillow.

  50. Jan says:

    I have nets and net feeders, but I’d love to try the Hay Pillow for my pre-Cushings mare. Her Insulin rises every fall with the seasonal rise. She’s on Pergolide now, but as her Cushings advances, so will her tendency to be IR. We know slow feeders are the perfect solution for IR horses, not more hay! I like the head down position of the Hay Pillow too. I have a gelding who could be a tester for you! If a bag can withstand his test, you’ve got a great product!!

  51. Angelica says:

    I rescued an OTTB last year who was starving and couldn’t walk, she is now turning into a beautiful dressage horse after overcoming non-sweating. To maintain her health it is very important that she gets optimum nutrition and eats on a regular basis, i.e. constantly and in a correct, natural position from the ground. I always wanted to try one of your hay nets – crossing all hooves so we win…

  52. Liz Radley says:

    Chewy, a pony foal, was rescued from a low-end auction where his Mom was sold but the new owners didn’t want the baby. So he was weaned at the auction as they dragged his Mom away. Now he has learned to eat hay, but eats as though he will never see another meal again. So his few pounds of hay don’t last long and he goes many hours without food yet is still gaining too much weight. A Hay Pillow could help set him up for a lifetime of health instead.

  53. Little Hampton Farm says:

    I believe in a holistic approach in feeding horses, the hay pillow is part of that, would love to win one and see how it lasts with my horses 🙂

  54. jinni grant says:

    We rescued 2 horses an American quarter and an app/ Arabian mix. Both are about 5. They came to us under weight. We are feeding a high quality alfalfa to help with weight gain. They will easily eat a flake each in about 5 minutes. A hay pillow would help slow them down so they don’t colic.

  55. Becky Love says:

    I have an Insulin Resistant horse that is a voracious eater, but needs to be on a controlled amount of hay. He would benefit from a hay pillow, because it would enable him to enjoy his hay for a longer period of time. So far, he’s been able to destroy every slow feeder I’ve used (and I’ve tried nearly every one available).

  56. Bev Yaiko says:

    I have 2 “easy keepers”. One is a rescue mare who came to me with heaves and laminitis among other problems. I use hay bags but would love to try the hay pillow to encourage both horses to move more which would help with the weight and feet problems.

  57. Jessica says:

    After years of working hard, I’m finally fortunate enough that I’m going to realize my life-long dream to own my very own horse barn! I graduated with an Equine Science and Business Degree 9 years ago and hope to capitalize upon the knowledge gained while at Lake Erie College and design a smart, efficient and perfect 5-stall barn in our backyard. I’m constantly juggling my equine passion with my full-time work commitments (non-horse related) and I feel that this slow feeder would be a perfect way to ensure that my horses are receiving small, regular amounts of forage throughout the day, especially while I’m at work all day! Thank you for hosting this giveaway; I would be so grateful if I won!

    May your 20-meter circles always be perfect. 🙂
    JM

    • then5925 says:

      Hi Jessica–the giveaway was a couple months ago, but if you go like ‘The Hay Pillow’ on Facebook, you can enter in other giveaways there. I believe she is going to do a monthly giveaway. And congrats on getting your own horse barn!

  58. Laura Roth says:

    Wildfire and Ringo are my mini horses. They live in an arena with Blackjack and Paxley – two mini donkeys. Each one of my guys have individual “eating issues”. Wildfire has EMS, is chunky ( looks like a mini clydsdale ), Ringo is delicate and small boned, and the donkeys are beautiful, but have chronic “saddlebags” thick necks, and fat butts.
    They get a flake of grass hay in the morning and in the evening, but never seem to get enough . I am pretty sure that’s because Wildfire eats like a little vacuum cleaner. I have spent many days researching ways to feed them thst are healthy, nutritious, and correct amounts. Truthfully , they should all be in seperate stalls with individualized diets, but that is just not possible on my ranch. So today I found the “Hay Pillow” online, which seems to be the next best thing! It would require 4 , one for each boy, but the savings in vet bills ( EMS caused laminitis) and the peace of mind ( for them but me too) , is totally worth it. To win one to test out would be great – and then I would definitely get more for the rest of the horses on the ranch, and maybe even for Christmas gifts for my friends with horses.

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