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post #1 of 13 Old 12-01-2014, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hay bags w/rinsed hay?

Another question.

Does anyone have experience using hay bags with rinsed hay?

For most of the horses we briefly rinse the hay off I guess to reduce dust and to help ensure the horses get enough water.

From what I read here and other places hay bags would solve a few problems we have at the rescue, hay waste, feeding times being a big deal, better for the horses to continuously feed rather than at specific times... etc.

But I'm skeptical how well hay bags would work with damp hay. It sounds like a mess if nothing else. We're also pretty dry here so I'm thinking the hay might not remain wet though this is probably better than remaining wet all day and starting to rot.

Anyway, does anyone do this? Does it work well?

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-01-2014, 11:35 AM
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I know of someone who bought a haynet ring, so it took her minutes to fill each one. When she wanted to soak/dampen the hay she'd take one of her stack and dampen it (in the haynet) and then hang it up.

Waste of hay does help, and it keeps the horse occupied for longer.
Some say having it on the floor is better as its their natural eating position.

We had haynets, saved us money in the long run
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post #3 of 13 Old 12-01-2014, 11:43 AM
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They work well. Put your hay in the hay net. Fill a garbage can 1/2 full with water. Dunk the hay and hang it up. The hay is not going to spoil. This is a great way to remove the dust if the horses have a respiratory or allergy problem. It's also the only way to reduce sugars in hay for IR horses. It also makes it easier to chew.
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-01-2014, 11:48 AM
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There are other ways to solve those problems and hay nets have their own drawbacks.

Personally I haven't seen them any better then throwing hay on the ground. There are other set ups that would also work. (Hay feeders on the ground, roundbales, etc)

Can you dampen the haynets? Sure. As long as you don't leave them sitting around wet they'll be fine. They'll probably get pretty heavy though!
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-07-2014, 01:02 AM
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I believe Left Hand Percherons answered this one dead on the spot. The major part of wetting down the hay is to maintain control of the amount of dust/allergens that the horse breathes in while munching. I'm assuming that your barn is probably pretty dusty to begin with, maybe high traffic area without much ventilation. That would be great cause to eliminate some of that by keeping the hay wet.
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-07-2014, 01:30 AM
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If the issue is dust you can
a) put it on the ground
b) fluff it out before feeding
c) wet it

I would recommend maybe doing all those things, in that order if it's that dusty.
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-07-2014, 04:20 AM
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I never dunk my horses hay for them, but I leave an extra bucket in the field by their hay. Often they'll dunk it themselves if they want to. If I get a really dusty bale I just don't put it near the horses, I couldn't risk it. I think in the cold winter weather especially, it's too cold where I live to give them wet hay. :)
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When stuffing hay nets, guess who's inhaling the dust? Not the horses. Dusty hay is cause by weather conditions that are beyond the farmers control. Prime hay has the best value and that is what they try to achieve. If my hay is too dusty it's shaken out on the show so the breeze blows it away. Grass molds in the spring are the greater issue. Why anyone would want to keep a horse in a stall instead of outside is beyond me as they are healthier when out in the open. The stable I rode at gave the place an annual cleaning, using a bucket of water and a scrub brush. Dust collects everywhere in a barn and if not removed it will pile up. BTW this also increases the chances of a barn fire.



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post #9 of 13 Old 12-07-2014, 11:53 AM
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I'm not sure if the OP is asking about hay nets for meal size portions or hay bags for round bales. If for round bales, I think it would be a problem. For nets, I don't see a problem.

I am of the side that doesn't use hay nets. I would sooner put the hay on the ground, mess it up a bit and then water it down. What hay is lost, to me, is part of the feeding costs. I actually lose quite a bit a hay I think, but I could be more diligent about the amount I put out. When I had two horses here, I didn't lose as much hay because I was more attentive to how much they needed, and not any more.

ETA: I just saw a pic of a hay BAG used for smaller portions. It's a solid bag with just one large hole where the hay is exposed. If that's what the OP is using, I wouldn't wet hay in that. Actually, I wouldn't even use that. Not sure when it would be beneficial to have a solid bag.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-07-2014, 01:05 PM
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If there's snow on the ground spread hay out in snow,less hassle then wetting it down. Forget the hay nets, iv done nets and hay on the ground not alot of diffrence in waste.
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