You’ll need a plastic drum (or half of one to be precise), a slow feeder hay-net (you can get them at your local equestrian retailer or stock-feed store – we get ours from Bio-John Equine and Pet Superstore), a drill, some scissors and either a jigsaw or a handsaw.
Start by cutting your drum in half (if it isn’t already). You can do this by drilling a hole in it at the level you would like to cut, inserting your jigsaw and cutting your way around. Alternatively a handsaw works equally as well.
Next step – you’ll need to cut the top/bottom out of it. This can be achieved by using the jigsaw as above, or if you’re clever with a knife you can get it started this way and finish off with the handsaw. Either way, we aren’t aiming for any amputations in the process – so be careful to keep your fingers out the way and perhaps wear gloves.
Finally, poke the hay-net loops in to the holes you’ve drilled, thread the draw-string through the loops (now on the inside of the drum) and tie it off at the end. Cut to length if you’re looking to be fancy you can melt the ends so they don’t fray – don’t drop the melted rope on your leg though, that seriously hurts!
You can mount it with appropriate screws to an upright in your stable, yard or paddock – just make sure it is high enough that the horse can’t eat over the top, or get his foot caught in the hay-net.
Now you’ve got a slow-feeder that even lets you practice your basketball/netball skills each day when you lob the hay into it.