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post #11 of 30 Old 05-03-2012, 03:34 PM
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Good advice above. I have always used hay nets. I have never had a horse get a foot caught in one, but if you decide to use a hay net you MUST tie it up correctly. Somebody at my (previous) barn had a horse injured in the stall using a hay net, so I got careful early with them.
First, I use the garbage can method of turning the hay net inside-out, in order to fill it.
I start with an overhand knot when full. Then, I run the excess rope through the metal tie ring and tie THAT to the very bottom of the net. I usually knot that twice.
My horses can eat through the bag completely and it won't sag anywhere far enough down to be a hazard.
I'm very good at de-knotting lead ropes and the like, but if you are not, you can usually get them undone with a hoof pick pushed through the center of the first knot.
I kinda like the hay bag method bc hay nets shed so much of the hay to the floor of the trailer, and a lot gets soiled that way. Still, it helps to have a few on hand.
What I'd like to do is fashion my stalls to have them eat from a hay net outside of the stall, like they do at race tracks.
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post #12 of 30 Old 05-03-2012, 05:13 PM
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I used to use hay nets/bags in my trailer when trailering. But no longer do. Especially on long trips. On long trips I stop every 2 1/2 to 3 hrs to allow them to drop heads drink etc thats when I give them hay. I just see too many get into situations with them. JMO

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post #13 of 30 Old 05-04-2012, 08:13 AM
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I use hay nets, the soft rope kind (not the nylon line kind) tied high. My horses aren't tied in the trailer (slant load) so they can lift /drop their heads whenever they want. I used to use hay bags, but my gelding kept eating additional holes to the one designed to eat from, he's such a nerd.

My mare will rarely eat in the trailer (though she'll vacuum up hay if she's tied to a trailer or in a stall at a show), and she'll hardly ever drink much away from home. I had an old BO who told me to feed her lots of carrots because of the high water content. Mare seems happy with that solution :)
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post #14 of 30 Old 05-04-2012, 08:18 AM
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slow feed hay nets. SO MUCH SAFER! and they dont fall out all over the floor. They are about 8.00 to buy and will hold a half bale of hay
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post #15 of 30 Old 05-04-2012, 04:29 PM
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What kind of trailer are you using? Do you have mangers? If not, and you are in doubt, can you make stops along the way to let them eat when you offer them water?
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post #16 of 30 Old 05-04-2012, 04:57 PM
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hay nets in horse box trailers.

Originally Posted by flyinghooves View Post
We are moving across the country with my horse and I am wondering if a hay net is okay in the trailer to keep him from getting to bored. Or should we just give him a flake or two when stopped for breaks? My vet said okay to the hay net as long as I put a fly mask on so little bits of hay don't get into his eyes however my friends horse did choke in the trailer on hay from not being able to put his head down and it was horrible. What do you guys think is safe?
hiya we use hay nets in our trailers and boxes over here it stops bordem and your horse feels better for it make sure you tie it up tight and tie it through a peace of nylon baleing twine if there is a problem with the horse and hay net it would snap and save a lot of problems.
when you tie it up make sure you make a quick release knot and put the
other end through the loop as a safty catch if your horse tryes to undo it.
if he is a hudini in un doing knots.hope this helps.
sorry just read about your frends horse dont tie your horse to tightley leave some slack on the lead rope so the
horse can lower his head comftabley sorry about the spelling so that it will help him chew his hay.
we use what we call haylige nets thay have smaller holes so the horse has to pick at the net and does not eat
to much at a time.michael.

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post #17 of 30 Old 05-05-2012, 09:45 AM
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We always use haybags as it gives the horses something to do and keeps them busy and entertained while we haul. We haven't had any problems with horses getting tangled in haybags but we don't hang them low...we hang them high and if they get there foot in it then they are doing things they shouldn't be doing in the trailer.

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post #18 of 30 Old 05-10-2012, 10:12 PM
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I usually hang a small mesh hay net with a breakaway clip, but I've never trailered more than a couple hours away.
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post #19 of 30 Old 05-11-2012, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by verona1016 View Post
I usually hang a small mesh hay net with a breakaway clip, but I've never trailered more than a couple hours away.
hiya i use small hole hay nets tied up with bailing twine thin nylon string loop were the main string from the top of the hay net passes through and tied on to the bottom of the hay net.
so if there is any problem the baleing twine would brake first saveing injury.
the small hole nets over here are called haylige nets.
i hope this helps many thanks for the reply.
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post #20 of 30 Old 05-11-2012, 04:36 PM
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I always hang haybags for transporting horses. Just get them up there nice and tight and you shouldn't have a problem. I've trailered horses 700 miles in a day and they've done just fine with haybags.

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