Originally Posted by nikelodeon79
My parents are resistant to the net idea. I'm also a bit concerned because my SIL's horse is a complete moron when it comes to eating with hay nets. We've tried loose hay/square bales in nets and he ends up completely frustrated about the net. He chews through/eats the net and actually gets physically ill. We had the vet out and he thought it could possibly be early signs of stress induced colic. We walked him for awhile, took the hay out of the net and he recovered quickly.
I've seen plenty of horses struggle figuring out hay nets but have never seen anything like this horse before.
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hmm....I, or better my horses, had no problem figuring it out. I pulled some hay through the holes, have it sticking out, and all three took to it right away.
For the normal beginner struggle, I left some on the ground for the first week.
If your parents are resistant, go with a balefeeder for horses, as safe as possible. The cattle feeders are NOT horse safe.