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    12-30-2012, 11:53 AM
None of my horse have shoes, but we are still going to use a ring anyway since we have one. Right now I am very frustrated with Cinch Chix because the net has not arrived yet. I am trying to cut them some slack because of the holidays, but I think the shipping has been very slow.

I ordered the net on the 19th of December. They did not even confirm my order. I finally emailed them on the 22nd, just to make sure they got the order. They emailed me on the 26th to say that it had shipped UPS that day. UPS tracking says that they received it on the 28th and it will not be here until January 4th.

Maybe Amazon has spoiled me for quick shipping, but I think this is really slow. Hope the net works better then their customer service!!
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    12-30-2012, 01:31 PM
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They wouldn't provide a receipt for my bo's purchase of 4 nets so that doesn't surprise me. But doesn't matter now since we sent them all back. UPS is typically pretty spot on with tracking and they should know that.
    01-09-2013, 04:16 PM
The Cinch Net finally came and we put it on a bale yesterday. It was very easy to get on. Our round bales are 4'x4' so not too hard to deal with. The horses were a little frustrated at first as they are use to just diving in and gorging themselves on the new bale, but after about 30 minutes they all seemed to be figuring it out to some degree. They were still pulling on the net with each bite so I thought for sure that the net would have a few holes in it this morning, but it was still in one piece. The horses were doing better on it today. Still pulling on the net a little bit, but a couple of them had it down to where they were not getting any net. No holes or fraying of the net.

I really hope that this net holds up. It was sooooo nice not having hay laying all over the place and watching the horses eat slowly, not just shoveling it in.
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    01-20-2013, 10:57 AM
Just a quick update in case anyone is considering buying a Cinch Net. So far it has been GREAT! We are about to put our 3rd bale out using the net. Our horses were pretty hard on it at first and I am amazed that it never got any holes. The horses have now figured it out and are not quite so hard on the net.

I have the original cinch net for 4'x4' bales which has 1 3/4 size mesh. I thought that this would be enough to slow them down, but it does not. So if you are looking to truly make your hay last longer and slow down your horses eating, get the smaller mesh.

My main goal was to stop the waste and there is zero waste! No more hay tossed all over the place and then pooped and peed in. Hooray!!! At least they are not eating the hay in huge piggy mouthfuls. We might be getting an extra day out of the hay, but certainly not 2 or 3. We definitely get a full 7 days. We are also taking the net off when it gets down to just the loose stuff as there is just too much net and not worth accidents or ruining the net for what is left. Basically, on the last day before we put out a new bale.

The fun part is that for about 5 days our bale looks like a huge gumdrop. As they pull the hay off, the loose stuff falls to the bottom of the net and makes it larger on the bottom than on the top.

So far, our experience has been great and I would recommend this net.
    01-20-2013, 06:17 PM
Yup so far ours are holding up great as well. We had a little bit of fun last time we put a new bale in the pasture, it had rained and snowed about a foot so the net was almost completely covered and frozen down. We tied the metal ring at the bottom of the net to the bucket of the tractor and lifted it out of the ice and snow - I was a little worried that would put too much pressure on the netting, but it worked fine - hopefully we won't have to do that again though.
    01-20-2013, 09:22 PM
Failbhe - I am impressed that the net held! Our winters here are a picnic compared to Canada. I have a lot of respect for what you do to take care of your horses when you have to deal with the ice and snow for months. We might have to deal with it for a few days at a time at best.
    01-21-2013, 12:07 PM
Haha yeah it's no picnic - one year we had so much snow the horses walked over the fence on the drifts. We've reconfigured the fenceline since then and I think we've avoided the worst spots, but we clear the snow as much as we can anyway just to be safe!
    01-22-2013, 11:43 AM
The only problem I have had this year with my CC net is the freezing rain. It froze the net to the ground and was almost impossible to get it freed. I bought the 1 1/4" smaller holed net and I am glad I did, my horses are hogs and I was thinking I could even go smaller. I use a metal ring feeder in addition to the net, I made the mistake of just using the net and when the bale collapsed they walked in into the mud, peed, and pooped all over it, basically ruining half a bale, and it was the biggest PITA to get the soiled hay out after that.

I definitely recommend using a metal ring feeder to get the most out of the net, and I also now put a pallet underneath the bale to keep it off the ground for the most part. I have NO waste whatsoever, and other than some minor issues with getting frozen to the ground, have had no problems with it, no holes, and I still love it.
    01-23-2013, 03:16 PM
I do use a ring and pallet with mine also. I wish now that I had gotten the smaller holed net, as the 1 3/4 did not slow them down at all, but the fact that there is no waste makes me very happy. At least my money is being pooped out rather than pooped on. :)
    01-23-2013, 03:51 PM
Love them, Love them more. I have been using them for almost a year and is worth every penny. I use small and large round bale nets.
The round bale one, I also use use a feeder to keep them from pawing at the hay. Not sure if they would paw, but just being safe. The horses prefer to eat from them rather than the hay thrown on the ground. No fighting, pushing and they are all calmer.

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