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    10-24-2011, 07:13 PM
Green Broke
Good advice. :o

I hope the "Busy Horse" one is relatively safe? :/
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    10-24-2011, 07:15 PM
I'd think so. Looks a lot like the Nibble Nets, and those would require a horse to be extremely creative to figure out how to use them to commit suicide. Even Busy Beaver of leg-through-the-hay-bag fame hasn't managed to destroy his NN yet.
    10-26-2011, 01:46 AM
I started using the small mesh hay nets just in recent weeks. I live in TX and hay is a very precious commodity around here right now. I wanted to make each hay feeding last a little longer with these small mesh nets. I LOVE them. It takes my crew hours now to finish off a couple of flakes in each net. Used to take them 20-30 minutes. I have an overhang area for weather protection and I tie them on the cross beam at the end of the overhang, so nice and high. I actually found mine at Chicks Saddlery for 7.99 a piece. Awesome price compared to what I had been finding. I did replace the draw string as soon as I received my nets with a much stronger rope. Mine do like to tug and tend to break right through a regular flimsy drawstring. Its very easy to loop whatever you want through the top loops of the net. The nets themselves are holding up great. And as far as grazing goes, using small mesh hay nets actually mimics grazing more so than letting them plow through a pile of hay on the ground. The small mesh makes them work for a few strands at a time over a period of time like they do when they graze. When on the ground, the hay gets hoovered up much quicker than they naturally should, hence the hay bellies. I recommend them. I even found a giant small mesh hay net that you can wrap your round bales with to make them last. They are expensive at $180 or so a pop so I'll stick to my little hay nets for now, but I love the idea.

Oh and a tip I picked up on filling hay nets. Insert the net in a big muck bucket and wrap the top of the net over the edges of the muck bucket. This opens the net nicely and you can easily place your hay flakes in there and then just pick up your string when finished and it closes right up over the bucket. Makes filling nets so much easier. :)
    10-26-2011, 09:23 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by mammakatja    
Oh and a tip I picked up on filling hay nets. Insert the net in a big muck bucket and wrap the top of the net over the edges of the muck bucket. This opens the net nicely and you can easily place your hay flakes in there and then just pick up your string when finished and it closes right up over the bucket. Makes filling nets so much easier. :)
I have the hay net from Chick's for my IR horse with the voracious appetite.

What a great tip! I have muck buckets -- why didn't I think of that instead asking Mr. WTW to please hold the net open while his hypertensive-Type A self huffs & spits the entire time

I got to where I slowed down filling that haynet, just to aggravate, but I can only play that card for so long before I get no help, so your muck bucket tip has come along in the nick of time
    10-26-2011, 09:42 AM
I use the Nibble Nets. Best things I ever purchased.
    10-26-2011, 10:32 AM
Small mesh hay nets here too. When it's filled, I run the excess cord down to the bottom, pull tight and hang up as high as I can. As the horses empty it the net is still high enough that the horses don't paw at it. These small nets mimic grazing better than throwing hay on the ground. A horse may raise his head at first to grab some but some always lands on the ground so that's what he goes after next, then back to the net. Mine came from Chick's, less than $10 ea. I found an easy way to fill one. Fill a regular plastic garbage barrel and pack it down. Pull the net over top, down as far as it will go. Flip barrel and net so barrel is upside down. Reach in between barrel and net, grab the handle and ease the barrel out. Voila, net is full. Pack it down a little and tie.
    11-04-2011, 11:00 AM
I love Nibble Nets, too! I have a fat pony that is on a diet, and the NN makes the hay last longer, so she isn't stomping about pounding on the stall door for some more hay. I can easily bring it to her dry lot, too, and hang it up no problem on a tree hook we hung up, and again she makes the small portion last a long time.

It's great for my hard keeper, too, because he will waste a ton of hay in a regular hay keeper, but the NN keeps him from layering his stall with hay (and hay can be expensive as a stall covering - but we are lucky here in SC we can get horse quality fescue for $4 a bale).
    11-04-2011, 11:05 AM
Green Broke
Just checking in: So far so good on the Busy Horse Net.
He was afraid of it at first (lol) but as soon as he figured out there was food to be had, he got right into it.
It makes his hay last a lot longer than it did. This is the one I went with:

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    11-08-2011, 10:40 PM
I use the nibble nets. Love them! A tip for small mesh hay nets, try to get long stemmed hay, otherwise it is really hard for them to get it, at least in the 1in by 1in holed ones. My horse lost weight (bad way) as her hay was short stemmed. Other than that, I love them, saves money (quite important!) and helps with the horses health, and boredom.
    11-14-2011, 10:15 PM
My horse is a total pig! I googled nibble nets and bought 2 at 5$ each, that way I always have one on hand for his next feeding. I love them! They slow him down and keep him busy. I think he likes them. The holes are small enough that I don't worry he is going to get hurt if somehow he gets a hoof up that high. I do take his halter off tho just to be safe.

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