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post #1 of 4 Old 09-02-2017, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hay nets!

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I want to slow my mare's eating down so I'd like to start using hay nets.
She has a stall with metal bars on it and no hooks are allowed in their stalls.

I'm a very paranoid person and stress easily, and I was wondering what's the best way to attatch the hay net to the bars at the front of the stalls- with my mares safety in mind.


I bought two hay nets: one is the typical net and one is a bag with two loops at the top.

Any tips/advice would be much appreciated!
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I use slow-feed hay nets that you stuff from a open end, draw the strong tightly closed and hang the net...like this one
https://www.statelinetack.com/item/t...y-net/E018263/
I put a double end snap on the string and toss it over the top of my stall divider bar.
Wrap it once or twice around a bar{s} and then snap the clip to the bag bottom...
You now have a hanging net and it stays put.

I'm thinking this might be the other style....
https://www.statelinetack.com/item/f...y-net/E011375/
I would do it the exact same way but it will take 2 people to hang it as the shape is needing more support because it holds more hay and will be really lopsided difficult to handle by one.

Obviously you want, need to fill those nets before you hang them...

Now, with that, if shared stall walls you will now be allowing the neighboring horse to munch on your hay...beware.
Pick what wall you hang that net from carefully.
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Don't have stalls, but hang nets on a gate or on a pole in the barn when it's raining.

I toss the net over the gate/pole, high enough that when it's empty, it's still up off the floor, then loop the draw strings around the gate/pole a couple times to shorten it and then snap the clip onto the bottom of the bag, to keep it from being yanked all over.

I use little bolt snaps, which one horse already yanked and bent the bolt, freeing the net, or a cheap carabiner which will also give when a horse pulls it hard.

But once the net is on the ground, they could wrap the strings around their legs, so chain braiding excess string short would help limit loose strings for them to get wrapped in. And if you use the net on a mini, they can get their leg stuck in the net holes. Or a shoe stuck on it. So either way, someone should be checking in on them.
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If those stall fronts are standard commercial stall fronts, when I stall my horses, I throw the tie roped over the top of that stall front, towards the isle, then bring them both back to the inside of the stall to tie them.
Works very well. I use the slow feeder hay nets intended for a square bale size, and stuff with loose hay. Don't get cheap slow feeder nets they don't last.
Mine cost around $80 Canadian (ecco nets or nag bags )
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