These nets are made to last from durable, pre-stretched, UV stabilised, heavy duty 36 ply, polyethylene netting with a sturdy drawstring.
The holes are just large enough for the horse to get the hay through without gorging (4cm/1.5" square) â€“ making it last 2-3 times longer than when fed loose. The small holes also mean little ponies, foals and minis can't get a hoof through the netting.
- The Mini size fits 2-3 biscuits of hay and is ideal for the float/trailer or for goats and sheep. Being smaller, it needs to be hand filled.
- The Small size fits 4-5 biscuits or half a bale. Has a wide opening to enable easy loading by slipping over the end of an intact bale so you can then cut the bale strings (see photos above).
- The Large size fits a whole regular square bale of hay. It has a wide opening so can be slipped over the intact bale - remember to remove the bale strings before feeding.
- The Round bale net will fit a big bale measuring approx. 5'x4'.
- The X-Large Square bale - fits big rectangular bales that measure 2m x 1m x 1m.
- PLEASE NOTE: The round bale and X-large square bale nets are now made with an even heavier 48 ply netting to minimise damage from horses that are hard on nets! They should last 2-3 years or longer.
- COMING SOON - round bale nets made with 6cm square holes to suit cereal and stalky hay, or situations where you want to contain the hay without slowing down the feeding rate, or have more than 4 horses feeding from a bale. Check back in October for their availability.
- If your horse is shod or has splits in their hooves, it's essential to tie the net inside a bin/box so it can't catch on a shoe/torn hoof if they paw at it.
- If the net tears (due to catching on something for instance) it can be temporarily mended with some baling twine, then email us for more netting twine (some provided with purchase).
- When tying the drawstring, ensure that it is tied tightly with no large loops that a hoof can get caught in. The photo shows the best way to tie and clip the net up for easy access. Tie your net away from sharp or protruding objects to reduce wear and tear. Tie the excess loose netting from a round bale net up tight so the hay remains easily accessed as the bale is eaten down.
- It's also easy to soak hay in the small nets - simply hang up to drain after soaking for a couple of hours (removes harmful sugars/dust). Soaked hay should be fed immediately in warm to hot climates so there isn't time for mold to develop - we recommend only soaking a small net of hay at a time for one horse/pony.
Please note: When feeding round bales that have been stored outside, it is important to remove all wet or mouldy sections of the bale as the horses will not eat this (it can be dangerous if they do) and because of the net, they can't paw it out of the way to access the rest of the hay. If your hay is very coarse or stalky, some horses may find it frustrating to get the hay out and so can learn to chew through the netting.
It's important to offer enough loose hay initially for them to fill up on so their frustration doesn't turn to destruction! If you are not sure how your horses will go with a larger more expensive net, try a small one first. If a hole does appear, mend it right away so the horses don't learn to benefit from making them!
Also Note: We use the same poly string the nets are made from to stitch the sides, and when the hay is partly eaten, the horses can still access all the hay as the square knotted netting doesn't close up like diamond netting haynets do when half empty.
When using a roundbale net it helps the horses access the hay better if you tie up any loose netting as they eat the bale down.
Top 7 Reasons to Use a Slowfeeder haynet
- Stops hay wastage from trampling in mud, manure, urine, being blown away etc.
Slows down consumption so the hay last 2-3 times longer and replicates grazing.
- Small net holes means you can fasten the net low (provided your horse is barefoot or the net is inside a container) for a natural grazing position, and can reduce the incidence of choke.
- A full bale or round bale net gives your horse hay 24/7, saving you time on re-fills and keeps your horse calmer and happier.
- Hay in the gut 24/7 avoids gut ulcers and colic incidents.
- Older horses find it easier to chew small amounts of hay taken from the net.
- Avoid eye injuries from horses putting their heads inside a round bale, or from tossing loose hay about.