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    03-21-2013, 08:03 PM
  #21
Trained
PunksTank on here had a pretty neat solution. She took a water trough or muck bucket, small hole in the bottom, haynet in, string through hole in bottom, fasten, so it can't be pulled out, stood on etc. Now, to make it even safer, tub needs to be above knee height of horse, so it can't step in.
Benefits of slowfeeder net without hanging high or danger of getting tangled. And...serves as filling help, just fold edge of net over edge of tub, fill, close net, turn it around, fasten through hole in bottom, voila

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    03-21-2013, 08:50 PM
  #22
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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
I have two things I use-
One is a clean muck bucket. I put the net in and fold edge over the rim (kinda like a garbage bag liner around the rim of the garbage can) and stuff full.
The other is- I also want the Stable helper thing, but instead I picked up a cheapy roll up flexable plastic kids snow sled and insert it into the hay net just like the stable helper. However, I will say it is more trouble/awkward to put the thing in the hay net than to put the hay net into the muck tub. And I suspect the stable helper will also be very awkward.
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    03-21-2013, 09:03 PM
  #23
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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.
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
I have two things I use-
One is a clean muck bucket. I put the net in and fold edge over the rim (kinda like a garbage bag liner around the rim of the garbage can) and stuff full.
The other is- I also want the Stable helper thing, but instead I picked up a cheapy roll up flexable plastic kids snow sled and insert it into the hay net just like the stable helper. However, I will say it is more trouble/awkward to put the thing in the hay net than to put the hay net into the muck tub. And I suspect the stable helper will also be very awkward.
I may have to go to TSC and pick up a muck tub. We have an open barn so we just shovel the mess out the back do into the manure pile lol. I tried to use a metal garbage can(we use them for feed and have an extra) to fill it yesterday but as soon as I put the hay in the net came off the edge and fell in and made everything even more difficult , then the other net is too small to fit around the edge. I like the sled idea also, not sure if I could find one now tho as winter is finishing up, maybe on amazon tho lol, I find everything on amazon!
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    03-21-2013, 09:13 PM
  #24
Green Broke
I have to fill 18 hay nets every time I work and like said above, the easiest way is to stick it in a trash can and fold the edges over, then stuff! We use a metal feed bin for ours. Works wonderfully. But make sure when you stick it in you pull up all of the excess edges. That should keep it from falling in.
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    03-21-2013, 09:23 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by Sunny    
I have to fill 18 hay nets every time I work and like said above, the easiest way is to stick it in a trash can and fold the edges over, then stuff! We use a metal feed bin for ours. Works wonderfully. But make sure when you stick it in you pull up all of the excess edges. That should keep it from falling in.
IDK I had no luck lol, I made sure the cord was all the way around the edges and then pulled it tight and the slightest bit of weight and it caved in, so I went one step further and wrapped the loose end around the handle and it still caved in, maybe if I wrap it around the handle on each side it will work better lol, the little "trailer sized" hay net won't fit around the can tho, I'll try again tomorrow night(my mom lives on the property and does the AM feedings) and report back. I also have to find something easy so my mom will do it, right now she just throws the hay on the ground because the nets are too much work. I'm almost thinking of buying extra nets to keep them filled in the barn so she just has to put it out at feeding time lol.
     
    03-21-2013, 09:27 PM
  #26
Yearling
For what it's worth, I had an almost fatal experience with a hay net. The 14 hand QH that I use to own somehow got both his front hoofs in the net. I feed him at 7 pm & when I went out at 6am he was on the ground, both front feet hanging up in the net. I don't know how long he was like that. I personally will not ever use them again.
     
    03-21-2013, 09:36 PM
  #27
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Originally Posted by littrella    
For what it's worth, I had an almost fatal experience with a hay net. The 14 hand QH that I use to own somehow got both his front hoofs in the net. I feed him at 7 pm & when I went out at 6am he was on the ground, both front feet hanging up in the net. I don't know how long he was like that. I personally will not ever use them again.
Was this a normal haynet or a slowfeeder? Was your gelding shod?
     
    03-21-2013, 10:20 PM
  #28
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Make yourself a slow feed haynet on the cheap. Get hockey/goal netting.

I kinda lucked out last week. The store I work at lets one of the off campus houses use our dumpster for a fee. This year the college hockey team is in the house. They must have just replaced the nets at the arena. I scored enough netting to probably make a hay net big enough to cover a round bale. I know I certainly have enough to make a bunch of square bale sized ones.
     
    03-22-2013, 08:14 AM
  #29
Yearling
Regular hay net, no shoes & it was hung about 5 feet up. The only thing I can think is that if I put his hay on the ground, he would paw through it. So I am assuming that he tried to paw at the hay net
     
    03-22-2013, 11:24 AM
  #30
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Originally Posted by littrella    
regular hay net, no shoes & it was hung about 5 feet up. The only thing I can think is that if I put his hay on the ground, he would paw through it. So I am assuming that he tried to paw at the hay net
Yeah, quite possible. But, the slowfeeder net has much smaller openings, 2" diameter max, so, unless you have a tiny mini foal, horse can't get stuck. Shod horse can get hung up, tho. That's why I mentioned the more than knee height container for the net.

I was totally against nets, seen horrible things happen and hated seeing horses eat so unnatural. But the slowfeeder net is an entirely different story
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