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FAQs About the OptiMizer
Why isn't the red handle in the middle of the slide arm?
How did you choose the netting?
We have tested 3 different net sizes in the OptiMizer: 2”, 1.5” and, 1.25”. Our herd had years of experience eating from hay bags as small as 1”, yet we found that the 2” net in our OptiMizer was the best size for our horses and hay. Specifically, 2” regulates their hay consumption with low levels of frustration and no damage to the netting. The horses seemed most content, sometimes even trance-like while eating from the 2” net. They seemed a bit frustrated with the smaller net openings. We thought that 2” would be the best size to start most herds. However, we also offer a replacement kit with 1.5” net for situations that require slower feeding.
Is there replacement net available?
Are other colours available?
How many horses can eat from one OptiMizer?
For example, our herd of 8 horses live outside all the time (with access to shelter in a cozy bank barn). Last winter, we had 3 OptiMizers, which were refilled once a day with up to 6 bales of hay. On especially cold days, we also put some flakes of loose hay in the corners of their barn, so they could choose to eat indoors if they wanted.
Do you wait for the OptiMizer to be empty before you refill it?
How do you get the horses to move around when they are eating from the OptiMizer?
We just had a lot of freezing rain and the net is trapped in a layer of ice frozen to the bottom of the feeder. What should I do?
Now that I have the net out of the ice how do I get the chunks of ice off of it?
After a freezing rain event I'm having trouble moving the slide arm. What should I do?
The OptiMizer’s design should help protect the slide arm and assembly from most freezing rain events, but Mother Nature isn’t always co-operative. Fortunately, if you’ve had a significant amount of freezing rain and are having trouble moving the slide arm, the problem is likely no more than ice buildup on the portion of the assembly closest to the front of the OptiMizer (the front being the side where the name is stamped).
To fix it, you need a kettle with some warm water (it doesn’t have to boiling; lukewarm will do) and a dry cloth:
- To start, gradually pour the water out along the part of the assembly closest to front to melt the ice.
- Next, use the cloth to wipe the water off and prevent it from re-freezing.
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My horse is a 17 year old, off-the-track thoroughbred. She lived outside all last winter in a small herd with 7 other horses. We use OptiMizers at our barn and the horses always have access to hay. My mare is a hard keeper, but by getting the right amount of hay, whenever she wanted it, it was the first winter that she did not need a blanket or extra grain.
- Laura T.
We have 8 horses, so we used 3 OptiMizers last winter. We filled them one time a day or so, even on the worst days, and used a lot less hay this year. I am confident that the OptiMizers will pay for themselves in the amount of money we save in otherwise ruined hay.
- Heather M.
I have been using slow feed hay bags for years. I needed at least 5 or 6 bags a day in the winter to feed 3 horses. Last winter, I used the OptiMizer. I could slow feed 2 bales of hay in the OptiMizer and saved so much time not having to refill bags every day. Plus, I noticed it was a lot cleaner in the spring. The OptiMizer is really a "hay miser" when it comes to not wasting hay.
- Amanda M.