From Tanya: Perfect Depth
The feeder arrived a couple of days ago and is working out great. I can't remember if it's a factory second but if it is, I can't tell. It looks great! And my horses have it figured out. I think it's easier for them to use, and it's much easier for me to load. I'll be selling my other slow feeder and buying another Savvy feeder from you. One thing I didn't read it about in your description, that I noticed right away - the Savvy feeder isn't very deep which I think encourages horses to stick with it and eat all the hay. The other feeder I'd bought (which I'll be selling) is a barrel-style that is quite deep. And I never found it empty, I think because it's too deep for my horses to feel comfortable repeatedly sticking their head down into it. My horses aren't spooky or head-shy, have been sacked out with flags, tarps, ropes, etc, and are used to eating out of slow feeders. But they just never were too keen on sticking their heads down into that deep barrel time & again. So there was always a considerable amount of hay left behind. This feeder could be ideal for more sensitive, alert horses, or even aged or convalescing horses due to the convenient depth. Well, you'll be getting another order from me in the new year as soon as I sell that other feeder. Thanks for all your help! I've been recommending your product to my horse friends. I'm very happy with it!
From Lynn in Idaho: Head-Down Position
I love my Savvy Feeder. It's tough, safe, and the grate won't wear down the teeth of my horses. It allows my horses to feed in a head-down position without wasting hay. The plastic is high quality and has survived the extreme temperatures of -10F to 100+F outside in the sun without degradation. Great company, and a great product.
From Cristen Lynn Thomas, DVM: Durability
I can vouch for the durability and safety. My 2-year-old put this feeder through the wringer when he was introduced to it at his first futurity show. He pawed at it a lot at first because he was curious and he is a playful gelding, and maybe somewhat frustrated at the fact that his hay was restricted. I kept an eye on him and gave him some free choice hay beside the feeder. Within an hour or two, he figured it out and was completely content. He never got his foot stuck in the feeder, was never injured, and never broke the feeder.
From Michelle & Brandenburg in Fargo, ND: Help for Chewers
I have a wonderfully energetic Anglo-Arabian dressage gelding that is very accident-prone and a busybody with his stall neighbors. Before the Savvy Feeder, we gave him extra hay in his stall to keep him entertained so he wouldn't chew the stall or pin his ears at neighboring horses. Inevitably, he ended up gaining weight. With the introduction of the Savvy Feeder two months ago, the chewing on the stall walls has lessened, he gets along better with his stall neighbors, and his weight is normalizing because he's being fed the appropriate amount of hay. I was elated to discover that he loved this safe and natural slow-feeding system because his active mind would invent things to entertain himself that often led to injuries in the stall. Now he's content, properly fed, and tucked in his stall at night with plenty of entertainment that won't jeopardize his safety. Thank you Savvy Feeder!
From Harold Clark: Meals on Wheels
I thought it was time that we update you on our horse and his use of the Savvy Feeder. Over the winter, we switched him from using hay racks to hay bags & nets. We thought that if he used those, he might figure out how to use the Savvy Feeder. This week we have taken the feeder up to his barren pasture and he has enjoyed using it every day! We don't even need to pull the hay through the holes. Here's a photo of our 'meals on wheels' method to bring the feeder and water to the pasture.
From Kalli, DeAnn & Shayla in Casselton, ND: Keeps Him Eating
I have a high-spirited Arabian paint cross named Storm. He is a horse who constantly needs watching because he loses weight easily and loses interest in food after a short period of time, as well. We used to have to take Storm out twice per day and sit with him until he would eat a set amount of a mix of grain and alfalfa, which took him a good 2 hours to eat. Now that I have a Savvy Feeder, Storm eats a normal amount of hay all on his own and will all but lick the bottom clean. We now call that particular feeder, "Storm's feeder." That feeder is now the only feeder that Storm will eat out of. We use 3 different feeders and if I don't put hay in Storm's feeder, he will just stand in a corner by himself while the rest of the horses are eating. The Savvy Feeder is an excellent choice for any horse.