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post #1 of 28 Old 07-09-2014, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hay string uses

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What do you do with all the hay strings? We used to have a feed store that took them and consolidated them to go to a recycling center, but not any more. The recycling center here doesn't handle this type of plastic, and I don't really want to put them in the landfill.

I have seen some people crochet with them and make outdoor rugs. I have seen some hay nets made from them...and i tried that and made a big ole mess

Any one have some creative solutions for this?
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post #2 of 28 Old 07-09-2014, 01:19 PM
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The plastic ones can be a problem, that's why I prefer the twine

You can use it to bind stuff together or even hold buckets up when at shows, but it would have to be cut to release the bucket (The plastic strings don't untie easily from what I've noticed.)

If you know of a recycling center that does take them and it's not too far out of your way you can drop them off 'in bulk' yourself, or if you have a friend that gets service from a center that will take them you could ask to leave them out with their recycling once or twice a month.

I'm sorry I don't have more suggestions, it's hard to find uses for the plastic strings.

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We use them for tying the horses up with, we halve the twine then tie it to a metal tie ring and tie the horse to that in case they pull back, then the twine will snap.

We've used them to repair haynets. We use them if the fillet strings are broken on the rugs, we use them to open other bales of hay if we can't find a knife and we use them to tie hoof picks to the skips we are supposed to pick feet out into.

Sorry my suggestions aren't very creative haha. I did see someone make rope halter from them but I wouldn't be able to do that!
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I make slowfeeder nets out of them, took me a bit to figure out the easiest way, thanks to YouTube I managed
Emergency belt( yes, seriously lol), always present in the truck for tying things down with, braid a leadrope or two, tie trash bags, offer them on CL( I've seen an ad, repeatedly, where somebody makes nets for his chicken coop with them), repair fencing until the right materials are available, clothesline for blankets in the barn.....
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post #5 of 28 Old 07-09-2014, 06:17 PM
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Here, I love them!

Where my horse is, we use electrified fencing. Thing is, the electrified metal wire is pretty small and almost invisible, so the hay strings are put all over the perimeter, to make the wire more visible to horses and humans.

With it I can also fence the "arena"; there is no money to put a real fence there, and the horse is used to see the twine on the electric fence, so anytime he sees it, he thinks it's electrified, and doesn't touch it. As cheap as a fencing can go, and easy to replace when it breaks.

Of course I can't keep the horse inside just twine if I'm not around; he'd notice that the electricity is not there, sooner or later. But for a limited amount of time, and while I'm there and making sure his full attention is on me, it really works.
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post #6 of 28 Old 07-09-2014, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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There was a twine fence a few miles down the road from me a while ago, but they kept getting notices from the HOA to take it down. So that's a no-go here. I use some to tie up a scale for weighing hay, some to clip extra hay nets to on one of the barn posts, et cetra. But now I have a 55 gal barrel stuffed full of the stuff!
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post #7 of 28 Old 07-09-2014, 07:39 PM
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Sorry for not understanding, what it the HOA and why does it care for twine fencing?
Just curiosity
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post #8 of 28 Old 07-09-2014, 07:46 PM
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Replacement fillet strings, patching holes in hay nets, clothes line for rugs and at the minute another couple of lines with all my head collars and stuff, we also use it to tie hurdles or pallets together to make a pen. I've also used it as a lead for the dogs before (attached to their collars of course). And many many other things too infect we already have used up our winter stass of it.

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post #9 of 28 Old 07-09-2014, 07:53 PM
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Baling twine is better than duct tape! I've used it for spare back straps, turning a halter into a breakaway halter, yes, fixing hay nets, tying around a gate to keep horses from unlocking themselves out, tying tarps on top of hay to keep it dry, tying horses with, etc ... this stuff is brilliant, and the fact that it breaks makes it even more valuable.

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post #10 of 28 Old 07-09-2014, 07:57 PM
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Macrame plant hangers and other items. Weave it into placemats and such.
A friend made a rustic bed out of cedar logs and used the twine to weave the part that holds the mattress up. Braid a good bunch of it together with huge hooks braided into the ends and you have a useful tow rope. Advertise it so other crafters know where to find it.
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