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post #11 of 30 Old 12-13-2012, 04:10 PM
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We bought a Texas Hay net, and it was totally worth the money, went from pretty much eating all the hay in less then a week or two to lasting a little under a month. We also use a ring around the hay bale/net so that can't damage it. We've only had ours for about a year...

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post #12 of 30 Old 12-13-2012, 07:25 PM
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My crew learned to pull the hay through the little holes with their lips. Occasionally they will pick up a bit of the netting along with a bit of hay, but they have learned to let go of it and not put holes in it.
I will say though, because I made mine with smaller sloy feeder nets, the material is big enough not to get stuck or caught between their teeth either.
This was a concern for me with the smaller string nets or hocky nets. The ones I looked at were tiny strings.

Also, with the sides of mine being plastic snow fence, it will easily break with finger pressure should something get caught on it.
Although, a horse hoof is too big to fit but a mini or donkey hoof isn't.
One last thing....because the sides on mine hold their shape, the actual net part rarely touches the ground or even has a chance to be stepped on because I take 30 seconds to check it daily.
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post #13 of 30 Old 12-20-2012, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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I finally decided to order the Cinch Net fro Cinch Chix. Failbhe, you will have to let me know how they work for you. They were cheaper then the Texas Hay Net and got good reviews. Still a lot of money to pay, but I have other people's horses to consider, so I did not want to make my own and then have something go horribly wrong. At least I know this was made specifically for horses.

Last question - those of you that do use a hay net on your round bale, that is not under cover, do you have any problems with mold when the bale gets wet?
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post #14 of 30 Old 12-20-2012, 05:50 PM
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Well we put on the net for the first time this morning. It went ok, the main trouble came from the tractor not the net! While the bale was up on the bale spear we cut all the twine, but because we had had some freezing rain and a lot of snow we couldn't get the twine off the bale so we put the bale back on the ground so we could scrape off some of the snow and ice and get the twine off. Once we tried to put it back up to get the net on, the tractor wouldn't stay up so it went up and down a couple times and some of the layers of hay started to fall off the bale. Once the tractor stopped being temperamental and we pulled the loose hay out from under the bale it wasn't too hard to get the net on, but I can see how it would be frustrating trying to do it with just one person.

So far it looks like the horses' first reactions are confusion and some pawing and chewing, but we also put in an uncovered bale so if they're really hungry it's not like they have nothing to eat until they figure out how to get hay out of the net. I'll keep you updated on how they hold up.

Now to photobomb the heck out of this thread! (I know when I was debating whether or not to buy the nets I would have found these pics helpful, so here they are in case this helps someone else!)
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Thank you for posting pictures. I imagine it did get frustrating with the bale falling apart. We don't have snow yet, so at least I won't have frozen bales to contend with. I really hope for both of us that these nets work and hold up well. Looks like your guys are starting to figure it out. Cute!
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I finally decided to order the Cinch Net fro Cinch Chix. Failbhe, you will have to let me know how they work for you. They were cheaper then the Texas Hay Net and got good reviews. Still a lot of money to pay, but I have other people's horses to consider, so I did not want to make my own and then have something go horribly wrong. At least I know this was made specifically for horses.

Last question - those of you that do use a hay net on your round bale, that is not under cover, do you have any problems with mold when the bale gets wet?
I haven't had too much an issue because the bale still gets eaten fairly quickly.
My guys are not put off by eating wet hay when it rains and will eat the wet bits before mold has chance to set in.
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post #17 of 30 Old 12-20-2012, 09:08 PM
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I made one out of a 10x20 hockey net. I bought a cinch strap from the Cinch Chic's website. I put the hay in it and put in the round bale feeder, that way they can't get into the net. Works wonderfully! Hay lasts longer, no mess tossed out around the round bale feeder.
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post #18 of 30 Old 12-20-2012, 11:26 PM
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We are sending ours back. Holes get chewed in them within a day and it's just to cold to be out daily trying to fix them. Also yes the bottom will get very moldy if there is any moisture under it. Also the nets freeze.
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post #19 of 30 Old 12-22-2012, 03:42 AM
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I have the 1 1/4" hole large bale cinch net and so far it has worked wonderfully. It is recommended to not use with horses with shoes unless you also use a ring feeder to prevent snagging and accidents like the one already mentioned. The first 2 bales I put out this year were pawed to death and stomped into the mud after the bale naturally collapsed, getting that nasty hay out was a CHORE, and I just rinsed it with warm dawn water and hosed it off after that. But I finally broke down and bought a metal ring feeder to keep them from pawing and stepping on the hay, and use a pallet to keep up off the ground and stop from getting any moisture/mold forming between, and I'll never look back. I can put the net on myself, but its much easier with hubby there to help.

Its obviously a bit more time consuming than just putting rounds out normally, but it really does slow my horses down considerably with the smaller holes (the other option is 1 3/4" holes) and my hoover can't just stick his head in the bale and never take it out. He has not gotten heaves yet this year, where normally he would start getting heave-y before the first round of the year was gone. I have had zero waste with using the CC net in addition to ring feeder and on a pallet, and haven't gotten a hole in it yet.
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post #20 of 30 Old 12-28-2012, 12:50 PM
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Well, after just over a week the hay nets are holding up great. There's no fraying or any broken strands that I can see, though they have definitely gone at the uncovered bale more than the covered one.

I think it really depends on the horses - my horse doesn't chew or fuss at her blanket (it still looks brand new aside from a little dust) so she's probably the perfect candidate for using a hay net.

Using a ring feeder would probably help too but in my case they don't work very well because my miniatures can't reach very far into them. It might be ok while the bale is still big and round but when it starts to collapse I'm not sure if they'd be able to get at the hay. Granted, they could stand to lose some weight but I don't want to starve the little guys!

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