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SmartPak (#23939)

SmartPak Slow Feed Hay Bag

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The only Slow Feed Hay Bag your barn will ever need! This innovative hay bag has special features to make loading hay fast and easy, and to ensure the bag stays closed as your horse eats. The flexible gator mouth holds its shape so loading hay has never been simpler! Added hook and loop at the closure means even the craftiest horses will find it impossible to open, ensuring their hay lasts as long as possible. This bag comfortably fits 10-15lbs of hay, so your horse will be happily munching all day long! A great choice for slowing down easy keepers, keeping stall-bound horses entertained, and for providing more continuous forage throughout the day to horses prone to gastric upset. 

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Favorite Features

  • Extremely durable hardware will stand up to rough horseplay 
  • Gator mouth closure makes loading hay a breeze
  • Available in different sizes and with different sized holes to customize to your horse's needs
  • Hook and loop closure keeps crafty horses from opening the bag from the top
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Square Bale Flakes

Two Flake or 4 Flake

2" Holes & 1.5" Hole Options

4 Flake Bag: 
37" x 30"

2 Flake Bag: 

31" x 24.5

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    SmartPak Slow Feed Hay Bag is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 522.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holds plenty Large hay bag keeps my horse munching happily for a long time.
    Date published: 2021-04-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A big flaw in this great bag... A friend uses these bags and I had to have one. I managed to score the large one on sale. Yay, me! I use this one in rotation with other bags - two are Shires premium net bags from Dover, one is the Tough-1 bag similar to this, and two of the Weaver “briefcase” bags. The Shires net bags win for overall durability. The Tough-1 is awesome, but the metal clips/rings rust/break. The Weaver bags my horse hated with a passion and aren’t that durable. This bag is my favorite for loading, hanging, and use. I clip it up to a simple eye bolt and we are good to go! Except...last night I noticed the metal bar across the top has ripped through the nylon webbing that envelopes is. I expected the metal bar to get a bit wavy with use, but I didn’t expect it to come out the end, which is something the Weaver bags like to do after only a few uses. I’ve had this less than 4 months and it’s used a few times a week at most. My horse is not destructive or hard on things, so I’m uncertain as to what the issue is. Normally, SmartPak items are amazing. I’d thought this would be, as several friends rave about them. But, for even the sale cost, I’d think it should last more than @30-40 uses for 10 hrs a day inside a barn. I am bummed, but I’m going to ask about returning this one.
    Date published: 2021-04-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow feeder hay net I’ve had a similar Smartpak haynet that lasted a few years. This is my second haynet with the smaller 1.5” holes. These nets are very durable and easy to fill. My old one had three rings that you could use to hang it with clips. I liked that design because it kept it more secure. The new design only has one ring and needs to be tethered down to keep it from flying everywhere. Overall it’s well made but I liked the older design better.
    Date published: 2021-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my new favorite hay bags! After farm sitting multiple times for a friend who used this hay net for his horse, i was not impressed. My goal at home is filling nets less frequently, so the size limitation on these was frustrating to me. In winter, I either feed a round bale in a net or I pull off of round bale to fill the shires haylage bags which are HUGE and can fit an enormous amount of hay. However, I have horses as well as sheep, and the sheep are NOTORIOUS hay wasters- once it hits the ground it is never considered edible and turns into bedding, it drives me nuts. So this year when I happened to have a pony on stall rest and lambing season was looming over me, i decided to splurge on these and see what happened. I got the 4 flake size in 2" and 1.5" holes. So far I've used the 2"holes for the pony and the sheep and both seem to be working great. It is very easy for me to stuff efficiently since I'm not dealing with formed flakes, and with the pony in the stall I can overstuff since I hang it high enough that I don't worry about her reaching through the top. I can put about 9.5 pounds of hay in with a little effort and still close the velcro, I can force more in but it does get harder to close. I put less in for the sheep since they consume less, but I have to say the 1.5" holes are working GREAT for them. Much less waste. I also have a shires greedy feeder net which I believe has 1" or 1.25" holes- they don't take to that one as much and i feel like they don't eat enough with it. I do feel confident that my horses would eat fine from the 1.5" holes but haven't tried it yet. There is still some hay on the ground with the 2" holes but it is considerably less than with the string type nets. I will still continue to use the shires haylage nets for general feeding through the winter, due to their extra large capacity, but for any animals being kept near the barn where it is more convenient to refill hay nets more often, these will be my go- to! I do see an issue with my pony trying to flip the bag to get to the other side and bending up the gator mouth metal pieces, so I do hope they will hold up to that alright long term. My neighbor's horse didn't seem to try that trick. I do see the velcro getting filled with hay bits, but it hasn't been a problem yet, and my neighbor's bag still has some velcro action to it and it is a couple years old i think. I would suggest that smartpak redesign these hay nets to have a squared off/ shaped bottom to them, even filling with loose hay, I never get the corners filled. I also think having the 2 rings in the middle works great but it would be a brilliant addition to put a ring at either end of the top too so it could be secured to protect the metal in the top from excessive wear and abuse. I'd also love to see these in one size larger to fit more hay in them. And offering a 1" or 1.25" hole option would be awesome as well. I honestly don't think anyone is being slowed down with the 2" holes, and i don't think my sheep are slowed with the 1.5" holes, but the waste is definitely reduced. Overall I am happy enough with these to invest in a few of the smaller size in both hole sizes for use in the trailer and short trips when i don't need such a large meal available. It does add up though, these things are pricey... so i really hope they will last many years! Maybe Smartpak will consider offering a warranty on these like with their Ultimate blanket line, if they make them super durable and really stand behind them, I'd think they would be the most popular hay net out there! When something like a blanket or hay net comes with a warranty, it really does give a lot of reassurance that it is made to last and is worth the investment!!
    Date published: 2021-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value Easy fill & easy to hang. And it lasts forever. This is a replacement but my other one lasted years a & years.
    Date published: 2021-03-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well made but flips around We have a horse (35 yo) who will make a huge mess in his stall with loose hay. We’re having trouble finding hay bags (they fix the problem) that he doesn’t destroy in a couple of weeks. This one is large and easy to fill, and it seems sturdy. The problem is the single loop in the center of the bag. He flips it all over the place, and when it turns around, he gets no hay because the back is solid(which is very helpful for filling it). We’re back to trying to find one with two hooks that is easy to fill and sturdy. This did not work. To be clear, I have no complaint with the quality of the bag, we just need for it to be more stable.
    Date published: 2021-02-23
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from So I have a variety of slow feed hay bags. This is the smallest. It fits maybe a flake, if you want to fit more, good luck. The velcro at the top I feel is unnecessary. It is well made. There is no dimension at the seams, which would be a plus if it was added. It is tough to get hay in. Next time I would order the biggest size, you dont always have to fill them up!
    Date published: 2021-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The whole barn loves it I chose this hay bag because it looked sturdy enough to stand up to my big, hungry, crafty guy, who is currently on a diet. I worry that the little string bags are not tough enough for him. Our trainer has subsequently bought this same bag for her horse, because the staff told her it is so easy to load. I'm very happy with the product! I got the 1.5 inch holes, and it is working to slow down his eating.
    Date published: 2021-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my new favorites! I have tried a few different styles of hay bags and so far this might be my new favorite! I purchased the four flake bag with 1.5 inch holes. I would recommend getting the four flake bag as opposed to the two flake. It fits two flakes comfortably and could probably hold four, but you would have to shove them into it. When I first opened the bag it does appears huge. The bag is very easy to load, and I was able to hang it nicely with a utility strap purchased elsewhere. My horse likes it and it does slow him down quite a bit, but I would love for SmartPak to make the bag with smaller holes. Hopefully it holds up for a while!
    Date published: 2021-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good size Good size hold then 2 flakes I don’t have use 2 small one all my horse hays can fit in one
    Date published: 2021-02-15
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    Casey from SmartPak talks about why she thinks the SmartPak Slow Feed Hay Bag (http://pak.horse/2jNn9rQ) is so smart. The smartest reason to get yours at SmartPak? Free Shipping Both Ways! At SmartPak.com, you’ll get free shipping every day on all orders over $75 and free returns on all sized items. Just another way it pays to be $mart. Why We Love This The only Slow Feed Hay Bag your barn will ever need! This innovative hay bag has special features to make loading hay fast and easy and to ensure the bag stays closed as your horse eats. The flexible gator mouth holds its shape so loading hay has never been simpler! Added Velcro at the closure means even the craftiest horses will find it impossible to open, ensuring their hay lasts as long as possible. This bag comfortably fits 10-15lbs of hay, so your horse will be happily munching all day long! Favorite Features: • Extremely durable hardware • Gator mouth closure • 2" wide holes • Velcro closure

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