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Hay Nets, opinions, etc.
Thinking about getting a hay net for my Hoover...I mean...horse.
Do you use one? Do you like it?
How does your horse do with it?
My guy eats really fast...he's a piggy.
Thanks in advance.
I put both of my hay burners on a hay bag. Regular nylon one. Slowed them down just a little bit. But honestly, not noticeably enough to say its better. If anything, one wasn't phased, the other didn't seem to like it.
A friend of mine had a horse that was a hoover too!! He used the hay net for a while and it slowed her down a lot, but moved back to feeding on the ground, the slower pace seemed to stick with her. I wouldn't use it for any other reason besides trying to fix the hoover problem though... Call me natural but I believe that since they are grazing animals they should graze.
What about a Nibble Net? Pricey, but sturdy and safer than a regular hay net.
I am putting my mare on one for winter, we ride less and there isn't any graze so she tends to get bored quicker. Started using it a few days ago, a nylon one with smaller elastic holes so she has to work to get at it. It works really well! I love it and kept her busy eating her hay meal for a good three hours, three times longer than usual.
I have a feeling that she'll find some way to break it open eventually... kinda quirky like that. But from limited personal experience- I'd say hay nets are one of my favorite inventions. :lol:
I had a really bad experience with hay nets. This spring, Jack got his front feet intangled in his hay net & in his fight to free himself, went down & got wedged under his fence. He layed there all night in sleat & almost freezing temps till I found him at 5:30am. We almost lost him to hyperthermia. Bad way to learn a lesson. I personally will never use them again. He now has a very secured metal hay rack
Just looked there, they look REALLY nice... but kinda pricey for my ramen noodle budget. :lol: Do look much preferable though.
My horse eats hay like he's angry at it. He destroys the "regular" ones. I'm going to get the type that is all cloth with a big hole in the middle. I guess you just put the hay in through the top opening and they eat it through the hole. I saw some in the Valley Vet catalog.
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