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  • Using slow feed hay nets in paddock paradise

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    03-21-2013, 05:07 PM
  #11
Yearling
I bought a slowfeeder net and my horse absolutely loves it. The BO says he gives him a look when she throws hay onto the floor for him, like "Hey woman! Fill my hay net!!"
     
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    03-21-2013, 05:10 PM
  #12
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I only use hay nets for travelling, I think they are dangerous and also can be bad for horses teeth (dentist told us this and vet) as the chewing angle is unnatural.
     
    03-21-2013, 05:19 PM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by Clava    
I only use hay nets for travelling, I think they are dangerous and also can be bad for horses teeth (dentist told us this and vet) as the chewing angle is unnatural.
Slow Feeding Horses on Paddock Paradise Tracks - Paddock Paradise Wiki

All kinds of different, new ways of using nets. Have a look
     
    03-21-2013, 05:24 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Slow Feeding Horses on Paddock Paradise Tracks - Paddock Paradise Wiki

All kinds of different, new ways of using nets. Have a look
I have no problem with slow feeders with metal grids, my issue is with nets and nets which are raised from the ground.
     
    03-21-2013, 06:10 PM
  #15
Started
Love slow feeder hay nets, HATE filling them! Any one have any tips on easy filling? I want to get thr stablehand from sstack.com but I don't have anything else to order and its like $7 to ship just that lol
     
    03-21-2013, 06:19 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
Love slow feeder hay nets, HATE filling them! Any one have any tips on easy filling? I want to get thr stablehand from sstack.com but I don't have anything else to order and its like $7 to ship just that lol
It would be like $30 to ship that to me, so I would say go for it lol.

I lay it on the ground, or find something to hook a hole on. Ususally I have help filling it though. I can almost fit half a bale into my net haha.
     
    03-21-2013, 06:23 PM
  #17
Trained
I always didn't like hay nets for the same reason as Clava, I think. If put down low where a horse should be eating from, then there was a risk of getting entangled in the net. To eliminate that risk, the nets would be placed high and then the horse would be eating at shoulder height which is not good for them.

However, having looked at the link provided, I like some of the ideas! Especially the pillow -- closed on one side and netted on the other. I might roll that one around in my head to see about how to make one myself for 1/2 square bale size -- put two out and let my girl work a bit. She's turning into a bit of a tub :) Plus, it sure would be nice for travelling.
     
    03-21-2013, 06:39 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by xxdanioo    
It would be like $30 to ship that to me, so I would say go for it lol.

I lay it on the ground, or find something to hook a hole on. Ususally I have help filling it though. I can almost fit half a bale into my net haha.
it's just it's 12.99 for the stablehand and then 7.95 for shipping, I just can't justify spending $21 on a piece of plastic lol
     
    03-21-2013, 06:46 PM
  #19
Yearling
I had one. My boy used one and played with it (good thing I hung it a bit higher) and ripped it off the loop it hung on, then dropped it over his stall door. But until then I loved it! Haha
     
    03-21-2013, 06:54 PM
  #20
Weanling
I love using hay nets/hay bags.

We use them to keep the horses calm in the trailer or at a show.

But you need to be careful with hay nets. I was at the fair this year and I had filled my hay net up, put it in my stall, and went on some fair rides. As I was walking back to check on her before I left one of the advisors came up to me and said they went into her stall and tied her hay net higher because it got low and she could have got her feet in it. (She knew Te Lady was a calm gentle horse). It was a huge hay net and I always filled it plump full so it was pretty heavy and extremely tough to get high.

I prefer hay bags because its harder for them to get their feet in it and it is WAYYY easier to fill.
     

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