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SmartPak Slow Feed Hay Bag

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The only Slow Feed Hay Bag your barn will ever need! This innovative hay bag is our most durable slow feeding option and 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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The hay net should be hung at a sufficient height to avoid the risk of entanglement. To withstand the pulling and chewing associated with a hay net in use, the nylon mesh is extremely durable and will not give under pressure. As a result, it’s important to ensure the hay net is safely secured and won’t become loose as the hay is consumed.

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
Ingredients
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Sizing
Square Bale Flakes

Two Flake or Four Flake
2" Hole & 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 616.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great hay bag My mare first wasnt eating her hay for some unknown reason, so i decided to get one of these for her. WOW what a difference! She is gobbling up her hay now!!!!!! Maybe she thinks its now a fun game! Sooo glad i got this!!
Date published: 2023-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots to Like Here I've got two bags still going strong after 3 years of daily use. Yes, the velcro at the top gets full of hay and stops working so well but it doesn't affect use in my opinion. These bags slow them down a bit in eating and keep hay from being wasted. Ordering two more today and these re my favorite hay bags of all I've tried and that is several brands.
Date published: 2023-02-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great concept, poor execution Great concept, but the design is poor. You'll never get one flake in the two flake bag without a fight. If you happen to have bales with wonderful, think, heavy flakes you'll have to break them up and stuff the bag like a scarecrow. I returned the two flake bags and ordered the four flake bags. These fit 2-3 good sized flakes well. The construction, overall design, Ave workmanship are great, but the "2 flake" bag should either be removed from production or the opening should be moved to the long side. Extremely frustrating to fill.
Date published: 2023-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love them but improvement needed I've purchased 4 of the 4 flake bags (learned the hard way that a 2 flake bag is only good for a trailer snack size). I love them except the thin metal bar sewn into the top (to make the gator mouth) gets all twisted and bent, even with daily correcting. All of the bags have had the metal bar poke thru the tough nylon and I've had to try to shove the bar back in far enough to hand stitch it back together with upholstery thread. I honestly wish the bar wasn't in there, but I couldn't pull it out of the tops even when they wore a hole in the end. The benefit of the metal isn't worth possible eye damage to me. The bag works just as well with a "saggy" top since the velcro keeps it closed.
Date published: 2023-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best hay bag ever! My area is famous for sand colic so I need to feed in a bag. This is a perfect mesh of bag and net…regular nets get caught up in my goat’s horns and regular bags have too big holes. I just ordered another.
Date published: 2023-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good try, but not quite. I bought this hoping it would be easy to load and simple. It works for about a week and then the stiff material on the top of the net sags and makes it pretty useless.
Date published: 2023-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the cost - Longest lasting hay net I’ve used Horses are hard on stuff, especially stuff they eat out of. These have lasted several years! I have 2 from before SP added the metal inserts to the openings to make them easier to load and 4 from after. I find they’re easier to use without the metal “enhancement”, wish they’d offer a version without it. I have 6 that are used daily and of them the only damage is: - the bottom seam has a 6” hole in one. Planned to sew it back but have continued to use it as is and it still does the job - the metal in the top (that they added to make it easier to load them) poked through. I pulled the full piece of metal out with minimal effort and kept using the bag without it.
Date published: 2022-12-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Buythe bigger bag I own two of the old "two flake" bags and when I recently received 2 new "two flake" bags and could hardly fit one tight flake in it, I measured and found that they are 3" narrower and 3-4" shorter than the older "two flake" bags. I could never fit 2 flakes in this and I do weigh my hay so I know its 10 pounds . Unless you were maybe stuffing loose hay in it , this bag is way too small for daily feeding. I have to return and now buy the bigger bag. It would be helpful-and important- to list the dimensions of the bags on the description
Date published: 2022-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bag! I have used these now for a couple years. Love it because: 1. Saves on hay 2. Great for the trailer when traveling. 3. Great at shows. I take multiple when I go and rotate them. 1 he’s eating out of now, hang two overnight and an extra for the first bag in the morning. I keep my hay in the trailer and refill for the day. Saves me dragging bales all over the place and they are easy to transport to the stalls.
Date published: 2022-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So disappointed in this bag! I have 4 of these in various sizes and colors. My old black ones from a few years ago are still in use, although the metal strips in the top are all twisted. I bought the navy colored version recently in the 4 flake size. I bought 2 to allow for ease of use for the barn manager. I alternate the bags and only one horse uses it. I’ve had it only a few months and the metal strip in the top worked it’s way out overnight and I found it in the floor if the stall. It was a sudden failure and disappointed me as I flattened the strip out after every use to keep it from twisting like in my old bags. I’m back to using my old bag again now. Maybe this was a quality issue in this particular bag, but they’re nit cheap and I don’t want to risk paying for a replacement that may not hold up. :(
Date published: 2022-11-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Barely fits a flake Not sure what kind of flakes they're using for their measurements, but I can barely fit one in the two flake sized bag.
Date published: 2022-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best hay net/slow feeder available I’ve tried literally every slow feeder out there from the thinner standard hay nets to the expensive slow feeders that you place on the ground. This is the only one I can stand filling because it holds itself open & since it’s more structured than normal hay nets, it doesn’t spin all over the place when they’re eating from it. It’s also very portable unlike the ground slow feeders so you can use it in a trailer. I’ve had mine since 2018 & they’re still doing great. The hook & loop closure is pretty easy to clean out in a few seconds with a shedding blade or dog slicker brush so it still closes nicely. The only change I’d like is to have a bigger net, I currently have the 4 flake nets. Would be super cool to have one that can fit 6 or even 8 flakes but I don’t mind filling multiple 4 flake nets. I can easily fit 4 flakes if not more in them by stuffing the corners really well & it still closes around all the hay
Date published: 2022-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super strong I love this hay bag. It lasts so much longer than those loose knit hay bags!
Date published: 2022-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Barn workers all love this net. I bought this because my horse was starting to trash his stall with his expensive hay and poop. This net helps a lot! Sturdy and easy to fill. Thks Smart Pak!
Date published: 2022-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use!! This bag is much easier to use than a hay net. Horsey is on daily turnout w/ stall time at night or during the day, depending on the season. He eats alfalfa, which is heavy and messy. This bag is easy to load and the hook& loop closure at the top is great! I was looking for a better alternative to dumping it on the floor (messy!) or using a net (laborious!). I ordered the 2 flake size and it is huge! Will easily hold more than that.
Date published: 2022-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great quality Although I've only use the hay bag for a short time, it appears to be well made and very sturdy. My horse isn't hard on things and uses it at only his pm feed so I anticipate it should stand up. I will say it can be difficult to fit 4 flakes, but guessing it depends on the size of flakes. Overall very pleased
Date published: 2022-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very durable and high quality Bought this for longer show days and The slow feed feature is great there’s very minimal waste, it’s also very well-made and very durable
Date published: 2022-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for slowing down quick eaters! I bought this for my Cobb cross who eats hay like it's an Olympic Speed Sport and it really helps her slow down. The small holes make it much more difficult for her to get large pieces at a time and it really helps slow down her eating time at shows!
Date published: 2022-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use Very happy with this easy to use opens big plenty of room to get the hay in.
Date published: 2022-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slows her roll Our pony needs to do a little slimming. Eating more slowly let's her feel more satisfied with less hay.
Date published: 2022-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality Bag was sturdy and very well made. Unfortunately it was too large to use in my trailer so i had to return it. I just measured incorrectly. Wish there was a bit smaller size
Date published: 2022-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use hay net These hay nets are easy to fill and hang. The large really does hold 3-4 flakes. Have had them for about a month and my horses have yet to destroy them. The metal “gator” mouth does bend but it is easy reshaped back to it’s original shape.
Date published: 2022-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the size and durability of this hay bag I purchased approximately 3-4 weeks ago....Stan (my horse) needs stall rest for a month/or two....I was worried about him getting bored so someone suggested a hay bag, it would take him longer to consume hay and not get so bored in his stall. This bag is 'PERFECT' for this situation. I am so happy that it is holding up as well (Stan's a chewer). I have recommended this hay bag to my sister-in-law who has 2 horses that gain weight breathing 'air'! LOL
Date published: 2022-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Horse Loves Her Hay Bag! Finally!! No more shavings in my horse's hay! I needed a durable hay bag so my mare can eat all day and this is the best one. She absolutely loves it! There will be hay on the ground but she goes straight for her hay bag, I guess it tastes better! I was so over manipulating the regular net hay bags, these hay bags makes it easy. The metal opening keeps the bag from closing on me and its durable nylon openings are sturdy! I can perfectly fit 2 flakes in the smaller-sized hay bag. This is the perfect addition to my mare's stall and keeps her hay up off the ground and tidy!
Date published: 2022-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very durable Bought one of these for my gelding. He was notorious for destroying hay nets but so far this one is holding up well. He has abused it all day every day for a year and a half. No rips or tears, no loose stitching, and the rings still look like new. The only con is I bought a light color and it gets dirty quick. This was a great buy!
Date published: 2022-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect hay net for stalls or paddock I used these nets originally when I was boarding to have an option to throw extra hay to my horse. I have now purchased a farmette and I use these for all the horses in their stalls. I like to use these nets to slow the rate of hay consumption (some use the 2”, others use the 1.5”). While it does allow some hay to fall through onto the ground, I believe it greatly reduces the amount of hay that gets wasted if I were to ground feed. This keeps my spreader, dumpster, and pocket book much happier. I can fit anywhere between 4-6 flakes, depending on how the bale was cut. I find that I prefer to put in a flake at a time and fluff them up to get them out of the “flake” shape. Then I compress the hay in as I fill it. I make sure to push hay down into the corners as I’m filling so that I can maximize the use of the bag. It’s very important to note that if you want to Velcro the top, don’t fill it to the absolute top. Also, it might be tempting to fold the ends of the net to help secure the Velcro, but that will lead to the inner wire eventually tearing the seams and you’re left with a dangerous hay net. Instead, fill it approx 90% full (to the point where you could probably stuff a little more in - but don’t do it), and then make sure you hang both center rings on your clip/strap. If you hang it high enough, the horse isn’t too likely to pull open the top. Be careful hanging it too low because like any hay net, it can become a hazard to a horse rolling or pawing: they could put a hoof in it. I did have this happen with a rambunctious horse, and I’m happy to say that the back just tore perfectly at the seam and nobody was hurt (except for the poor bag of course). They are fairly durable, so if your clip fails, or you have a horse who figures out how to pull it down, it’s not going to get trashed. They can definitely take some abuse. They do tend to lose shape when they hang empty and it does look kind of ugly. Since I’ve stopped folding over the Velcro ends on all the new ones, the shape plumps up again when I refill the nets. I also use these in the paddocks in the winter to offer forage when the snow and ice takes over the field. They have all survived life in the elements; the color does fade if they stay out.
Date published: 2022-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Feed all our hay in these bags Metal in top eventually works out of the fabric - don’t really think it’s necessary - would be better without it.
Date published: 2022-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the price I bought cheaper hay bags that had bigger holes and they ripped within a few weeks. So I decided to spend the money for nice ones. With the memorial day sale I got them for $40 for the big ones, very easily put 4 flakes in and the 2 inch doesn't slow my boys down too much. I use it in the trailer and in the stall to prevent waste for my ottb. They are built very sturdy and seem durable.
Date published: 2022-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love the design but do not find it durable. I bought this bag some time ago and my previous horse managed to dislodge one of the bendable rods. I attempted repair but to no avail. She retired to pasture and the net to my garage. Enter my new horse who has managed to tear and dislodge the remaining bendable rod scratching his face near his eye. I took it out and I am still using it but an enthusiastic horse has been able to tear many of the fabric pieces. I have weaved it with hay twine but I am on the lookout for a different product. If you have a passive horse this product will be fine. My hungry hippos destroyed it.
Date published: 2022-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Quality - Smaller Size is SMALL This is a nicely-made hay net and I'm happy to find it in 1 1/2 inch hole size. Just know that the 'two flake' size is unlikely to fit two flakes of any reasonable hay variety. One will fit, probably. Am sending back the smaller-sized one and exchanging for the 'four flake' version.
Date published: 2022-06-07
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SmartPak Slow Feed Hay Bag Review
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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