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post #1 of 13 Old 04-08-2013, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hay nets

Hi, I just have a few questions about hay nets. :) I have never used any but was thinking of using one. Can a horse chew the net or eat it? Does it waste a lot of hay from it falling out? Or, can it be put in a bucket with the hay in it?

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-08-2013, 04:44 PM
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Hay nets actually decrease hay waste. I've never seen a horse chew the net itself, but that doesn't mean it can't/doesn't happen.
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I've been using hay nets for years and had no issues like that :) A potential danger can be however if you don't tie it on a quick release, or you don't tie it tight enough and it falls down, and the horse's leg/s get tangled up in it. I've seen this happen.

If you're concerned maybe try a travel hay bag, they usually just have one big hole and a hay waste catcher, I've got one the same size as my hay net :)
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There are alternatives but they cost a lot more. I prefer rope hay nets to synthetic ones. I fill them--using a grain can and putting it inside out is an easy way to load one--then run the end through the bottom of the net, THEN tie to the tailer or post at LEAST chest level, preferably higher, and tie what's left to the bottom, to try to keep it from slipping down and getting a foot caught.

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Thanks guys! And also, do they come in different sizes?

I was thinking of using it because my horse and my mule eat their hay too fast and even though they have a lot they finish all of it and get hungry again.

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You can make your own to what ever size hole you want. Make them out of the left over baling string and you can do a youtube search on how to make them from the twine.....

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^^^I would like to try that, thanks!

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post #8 of 13 Old 04-08-2013, 05:42 PM
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Slow Feed Nylon Hay Bags by Derby Originals

I use this bag. There's literally no where they can get their hoof stuck and it secures safely to the fence. It holds about 15-20 pounds of hay if you really, really stuff it. Yes, it is a little pricey, but it's a lot safer and really slows down their consumption. With this 10 pounds of hay last my colt 10-12 hours! I have heard cases of horse biting the baling twine and either getting it stuck in their teeth or breaking it. No way they can do that with this bag.

Slow Feed Nylon Hay Bags by Derby Originals

This bag is similar, but I don't know how much it holds or the quality of it.
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-09-2013, 06:53 AM
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make sure you hang the hay net up higher enough so he can't get his leg stuck init.

I made that mistake when I put a hay net in for miover he pawed at it and got stuck and was freaking out,
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-09-2013, 06:55 AM
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you can also make a slow feeder thru like a tub and netting along the top
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