PROUDLY MADE IN AUSTRALIA - also ideal for alpacas, sheep and goats.
These tough nets are made to last from durable, pre-stretched, UV stabilised, heavy duty 48 ply polyethylene netting with a sturdy PE drawstring.
The holes are just large enough for the horse to get the hay through without gorging (4cm/1.5" square) – making it last 2-3 times longer (or more) than when fed loose. The small holes also mean little ponies, foals and minis can't get a hoof through the netting. These nets are designed to be used at ground level. Hanging them will make them harder to empty - a good strategy for small greedy ponies!
- The Small(2-3B) 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 Half Bale 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 Full Bale size fits a whole regular square bale of hay (measures 110cm/44"x38cm/15"x50cm/20"). It can be slipped over the intact bale - remember to remove the bale strings before feeding.
- The X-Large 2x1m bale - fits big rectangular bales that measure 2m x 1m x 1m (approx.7' x 3' x 3').
- PLEASE NOTE: - all nets now have a much stronger join with a new technique used to ensure the side seams will not come apart if the joining twine is snagged or chewed through.
- For Round Bale Nets click here
- 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 some free netting twine.
- When tying the drawstring, ensure that it is tied tightly with no large loops that a hoof can get caught in. Tie your net away from sharp or protruding objects to reduce wear and tear. It's better to tie the net low on the ground (to a tyre is ideal) so it's easier for your horse to access the hay, especially while learning to use the net.
- 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.
For more info on using Slow Feeder Haynets and feeding systems click here.
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.
Go to the video tab above to see how the horses graze with the net.