Saturday morning I load up my 2-yr-old in the middle stall, and my 7-yr-old in the back stall, so they are most balanced over the axels. I get down to my parents' place to unload and my 2-yr-old must have pawed and caught his foot in the bag, ripped the bottom out and tore it off its hook. Grrrr. The bags do not hang low in any way, so I was really just like "How did you get your leg all the way up there???"
So I took that hay bag out and replaced it with the "extrta" one I had in the front stall. I have only hauled my 2-yr-old in that front stall once, but I noticed the metal rings that are supposed to reinforce the hole were loose on one corner. Really? These dang things were $25 bucks apiece and name-brand professional's choice and it couldn't handle one trailer ride? Whatever, I put it in there.
So yesterday late afternoon (Sunday) I loaded the horses to go home. I go to attach their halters to the trailer ties inside and close the drop down windows. Here in the 2 minutes it took to water and load my 7-yr-old, my 2-yr-old has ripped the corner of the bag completely, where the metal reinforcements had come off prior.
So out came the bag for the ride home.
THEN .... I get home. Open the drop down windows, untie them both, and open the back door so my 7-yr-old can back off the trailer. I kinda look inside and it looks like his front right leg is hanging up. I'm like "oh God what happened....." He also must have been pawing and get his foot through his hay bag, broke through the mesh on the bottom, but his hooks didn't break. So he got to stand there for how long in the trailer with his own leg caught in his hay bag. I always, always travel with shipping boots. But as I said, those hay bags do not hang low, so he was actually hung up the whole time by his elbow. Thank God nothing was scraped or swollen, but his leg was "shaky" when I unloaded him. It's an hour and a half drive from my parents so who knows how long he was like that.
So in one weekend I went from 3 perfectly good corner hay bags to ZERO. WTH.
Pretty much decided I'm done with the hay bag thing. I've never once had an issue before with them, but 3 being destroyed in one weekend is too much for me.