Porta-Grazer Review

I received my first Porta-Grazer near the end of November. I purchased the XL size with 4″ holes (the biggest size openings) for Phoenix because he was spreading hay all over his stall and making it hard to clean all while wasting a bunch of the hay. I didn’t want to limit his hay. One of the best parts of horses at home is being able to offer them free choice hay and having them get over that crazy angst of waiting for the next meal.

The beginning of a life changing horse care moment

The instructions that came with the Porta-Grazer say you should offer regular hay in addition for 5 to 10 days to allow the horse to acclimate. Interestingly enough, Phoenix quickly began choosing the hay in the Porta-Grazer over the hay I had put on the floor. Honestly it was shocking how quickly he figured it out and just happily ate away. I will say the biggest surprise to me what just how much waste it actually saved. Normally cleaning P’s stall used an entire muck tub before getting the Porta-Grazer. I now use one muck tub to clean both stalls most days. That’s with the horses in for roughly 12 hours a night currently. Instead of driving the poop out to the pile ever other day, I do it ever third day. If that isn’t awesome enough, it saves me so much time cleaning since I’m not trying to save good hay that’s all mixed in either.

After that experiment went so well I started getting annoyed that Stampede had hay everywhere at one end of his mega stall. Now Stampede is usually a pretty neat horse who believes in pooping only along the back wall and in the one corner (unless he’s feeling traumatized by something in life) so cleaning and hay weren’t usually an issue. However I usually had to pick the hay off of the shavings and pile it up in order to even things out which meant I often tried to figure out how much hay he would eat and not give him much extra. So a couple of weeks after getting Phoenix going on it, I removed the Porta-Grazer from his stall and put it in Stampede’s to make sure he would use it. We all know Stampede is special and he certainly could have decided to refuse to use it. However, the morning after his first night with it, he had eaten a ton out of the feeder and a bunch of hay remained stacked in the corner.

So right away I was back online shopping for one for Stampede. While looking around I realized that while I had thought the XL size was the biggest (because XL), the Corner size is actually bigger, and also totally usable on the wall or corner. So Stampede and his large appetite for hay got the bigger size feeder, also with the 4″ openings.

The corner version is definitely my favorite of the two, not just for the size, but also the ease of lining up the pan to pull it out. Lastly, because the corner size has 8 openings and the XL only 6. Amount of openings depends on the size of the openings for each feeder.

Here are some pictures of my final installations of the feeders in the stalls. I used eye hooks, plastic chain, and the same lockable carabiners I use for my outside hay feeders. I read something about a horse that got a carabiner through its lip – there were pictures – and I don’t need that experience.

Phoenix’s feeder all filled up and ready for another night.

How Phoenix’s feeder is secured – one on each handle

Stampede’s one attachment for the corner feeder. Note the arrow to the inside of the handle.

In the above picture you can see just inside the handle opening there is a triangle/arrow. You line that up with the hole in the pan pictured below in order to be able to pull the pan out.

Hole to line up with arrow for pan removal

4″ openings in the corner feeder plus you can see the hole for lining up to remove the pan

Lastly I wanted to show just how much the horses love their feeders. This hay is what remained when Stampede got his corner feeder on December 22nd. He will not eat it. He just walks over to his Porta-Grazer and starts munching instead.

Someone please eat this lonely old hay already.

Obviously you can tell I love these feeders. I wish I had bought them sooner but the price tag really backed me off, especially when I was unsure if my horses would use them. Honestly frustration with cleaning Phoenix’s stall is what finally pushed me over the edge. After getting the first one my husband told me to just buy another because the difference was so obvious. This may have been slightly self serving on my husband’s part since he often drives the poop (I work the gate – teamwork) and he also has to listen to me complain and rush around being late to go ride Maestro. Regardless, these things have greatly improved my barn life and the horses also seem to love them.

The XL size feeder runs $259 and the Corner feeder $319. I paid $38 and $53 for shipping to Michigan respectively. I did find via google a $25 off code that I used.

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  1. martidoll123

    thank you for posting this. I still have not bit the bullet and ordered one but I want to for all the reasons you state. However I can see as picky as my horse is him not eating out of it (and i dont think tate would since putting his head in that means he can’t watch out for PIGS! ugh. I really don’t want an expensive hay feeder to become a planter in my mind 🙂 HA

    But i am still mulling it over. Great review!! Thanks again!

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    1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

      It’s hard to put the money out there and not know if they will use it that’s for sure. I really didn’t think Stampede would since he’s so hyper vigilant and picky (hence the testing first with Phoenix’s) but if anything he stays in place longer and is more focused on eating. I mean he will leave grain if he is distracted or decides it’s not up to his standards so he’s pretty special. It takes me over a month to get him over the shock of the fly supplement pellets, lol. I do think you could easily resell for almost what you paid if it didn’t work out, or at least that’s what I told myself before buying the first one.

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  2. nadsnovik

    Yay! Can’t wait to do a review. But wish I had seen yours before purchasing the XL. Although, not sure I would have paid more for the corner..
    Do you have any issue with hay getting packed down in the bottom? June loves to eat from hers, but there is like 6 inches of hay just flattened at the bottom. I can’t figure out if it is too packed for her to get through the holes? Because if I throw more hay in, she’s happy to keep eating…

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    1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

      Phoenix doesn’t have an issue with the hay packing down, but he’s on grass hay. Stampede sometimes will get his alfalfa mix hay packed down a bit since it’s finer but he never stops eating it (although he’s never gotten it almost to the bottom like that since I fill his nightly and it’s bigger than the XL by 4″). Every once in a while I will pull the stuff from the bottom, put fresh in, and put the older stuff on top. I never want them to run out but I don’t like to leave the old stuff down there forever.

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      1. nadsnovik

        Makes sense. Yes, June is on mix and I think that may be why it’s packing down (the alfalfa). I’m tempted to see if I can sell my XL and purchase a corner one. June does eat all the hay in there occasionally before her next feeding.

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        1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

          Yeah maybe the extra 4″ in height and a little more width would make the difference on it. I bet there are plenty of people who would want to buy one, especially if your reason to sell is getting a bigger one, lol. Stampede also ends up with alfalfa crusted on his face sometimes he gets so into it, lol.

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          1. nadsnovik

            Oh totally! June had a green muzzle!

  3. Stacie Seidman

    Thank you! I’ve been trying to come up with some better feed options for the boys and their hay. I like Jamp to eat off the ground because he gets a snotty nose otherwise (he’s a little special needs too…) but haven’t figured out what I want to do yet. I was looking at these, the savvy feeder, and the one that’s a ball. The ball is the cheapest, but I think better for outdoors than in the stall.

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    1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

      Stampede has to eat with his head down because of his prior tie back surgery so I understand! Now that you say it I haven’t see his nose be goopy for a while now (probably just jinxed myself!). Will be interesting to see if that’s just coincidence. The ball just seemed too small to me and a pain to deal with. The Savvy I like the concept of but the porta-grazer seemed easier to fill and anchor in place for my set up. I wonder if the size of the savvy is comparable.

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  4. Olivia @ DIY Horse Ownership

    We got one of these for Eugene and it’s been working great. Really cleaned up his stall and he hasn’t destroyed it like destroyed tons of hay nets before (giant hole ones not meant for slowing down but just to keep the hay off the ground.

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    1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

      It’s so nice having the stall easier to clean. The boys have DIY hay feeders outside with the hay chix nets in them which I’ve been impressed with. The horses aren’t super hard on nets but the cheap ones I bought originally didn’t last a full winter season and these still look brand new a few months in. I’m on the buying the big hole nets and not trying to slow down eating plan too, lol. I wish I had Stampede’s metabolism!

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  5. Kelly Wilson

    Dang I can see how the price tag would back you off, but it definitely seems like they will pay for themselves over time. So glad you are loving it!

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    1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

      Yes it took me so long to pull the trigger but they are totally worth it for my situation. It’s just so cool to see the boys choose to eat out of it versus eat hay on the ground.

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