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    08-23-2013, 10:39 PM
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Weanling
Question about hay nets

I am seriously thinking about getting hay nets for my horses for this winter, although I have some real concerns about safety. They are rowdy young geldings (3 &4), and they both have a habit of pawing while they eat. They are also bratty devils, and I envision they would "play" with a hay net and get it wrapped around their neck or something. I am thinking of it because we have had an unusually dry summer and the grazing is already depleted in their field. Since they have had unlimited access to pasture until now they seem to think they will die if they do not have food in front of them 24/7. They have already broken out of the field once (into our yard which adjoins it, luckily), and they are getting plenty to eat, they just eat it so fast I can't keep up. What is the best/safest kind of hay net to buy, and how do you put them up so they cannot be pulled down or tangled in, etc. Or any alternate suggestions would be appreciated, this is getting ridiculous!
     
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    08-23-2013, 10:51 PM
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Green Broke
I would make sure its really secure to the fence and up high, out of pawing range. You can even hang it high on a tree. If you really want them to take their time hang it from a limb where they can't pin the bag against something. There are also hay bags (no net, less to worry about) or you can us a hay rack. You could even put the slow feed hay net into the hay rack and viola!... Horses can't get tangled in the net! ..... Boy I'm smart
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    08-23-2013, 10:52 PM
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Trained
I use hay bags instead of nets. I feel they are safer. I have had a horse get their leg caught before, lucky for me, my horses don't fight, they will wait for help.

I use a hay bag, with a slow feed net in the front hole, so they have to take longer to eat it. Which is nice. My horses are piggys. I got the brand Tough-1 from TSC, havent used it very much so not sure of the long-tern durability, but so far so good!

My hay bags last about One year with frequent frequent use.
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    08-23-2013, 10:53 PM
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Green Broke
While hanging hay nets have their place, there are some other alternatives that may work better under your circumstances. Perhaps you might want to consider a tub/bin type feeder. The ones I'm thinking of have solid sides with a grid panel of some description resting on top of the hay (small openings to promote slow eating). As the hay gets eaten, the panel moves down. Also, I believe some of the forum members have made their own hay nets using hockey nets which would be good as it's durable material with small holes so that hooves don't get pushed through.
     
    08-23-2013, 10:56 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
I use hay bags instead of nets. I feel they are safer. I have had a horse get their leg caught before, lucky for me, my horses don't fight, they will wait for help.

I use a hay bag, with a slow feed net in the front hole, so they have to take longer to eat it. Which is nice. My horses are piggys. I got the brand Tough-1 from TSC, havent used it very much so not sure of the long-tern durability, but so far so good!

My hay bags last about One year with frequent frequent use.
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Okay, what are hay bags? Do they also hang?
     
    08-23-2013, 11:00 PM
  #6
Weanling
I'd put out a slow feed net at wither height. The holes on the slow feed nets are so little there's no way a horse could get caught in them.

I've also used the square bale sized one here. My mares eat together and my arab likes to play with things, she'll often pick it up and play around once they've eaten it down some. My other mare tends to take naps on it, complete with rolling on it and everything. Neither if them ever got stuck on it. It's also big enough you can be lazy and not have to fill it near as often.

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    08-23-2013, 11:00 PM
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Trained
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Tough-1 Slow Feed Small Mesh Hay Pouch

There are many different styles/prints/colors/brands.

And...they are much easier to fill then a net imo.
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    08-23-2013, 11:01 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Chevaux    
While hanging hay nets have their place, there are some other alternatives that may work better under your circumstances. Perhaps you might want to consider a tub/bin type feeder. The ones I'm thinking of have solid sides with a grid panel of some description resting on top of the hay (small openings to promote slow eating). As the hay gets eaten, the panel moves down. Also, I believe some of the forum members have made their own hay nets using hockey nets which would be good as it's durable material with small holes so that hooves don't get pushed through.
I kind of like this idea, will give it some thought. My first thought, however, was that if there was anything on top of their hay they would just remove it. Maybe a non-removeable panel of some sort would work!
     
    08-23-2013, 11:04 PM
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Green Broke
Breakablerider, its true their feet won't fit through a slow feed net but I worry about the end of their shoes being caught. God willing the net breaks before the horse rips his hoof off. Depending on the material that's like **** near impossible.
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    08-23-2013, 11:17 PM
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Foal
I have been using slow feeder nets at ground level, for the last 18mths (small net, square bale and round bale sizes). The horses do play and paw at them but I've had no issues with them getting caught or hurt. Significantly less hay gets wasted, and the consumption rate is slowed down. However my horses are very good at getting hay out of it now!

Holes are 5cm square so no way they can get a hoof stuck. Shoes (when loose/badley set) or cracked hooves may be an issue.

You do need to be careful tieing them though. No big loops in the rope and make sure its tied very short.
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