Round bale Haysaver Nets are PROUDLY MADE IN AUSTRALIA
Top 7 Reasons to Use a Slowfeeder haynet
- Stops hay wastage from trampling in mud, manure, urine, being blown away etc.
- Slows down consumptionso the hay last 2-3 times longer and replicates grazing.
- Suitable to use without another hay feeder (provided your horse is barefoot or is not under 6 months or a mini foal) for a natural grazing position, and can reduce the incidence of choke.
- 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 and allows horses to regulate their consumtion so eventually eat less.
- 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.
These tough nets are made to last from durable, pre-stretched, UV stabilised, heavy duty 48 ply (tough) polyethylene netting with a sturdy 6mm 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 than when fed loose. The small holes also mean little ponies, foals and minis can't get a hoof through the netting. Warning: Mini foals may be able to get a hoof through the 4cm netting and extreme caution is advised when using any haynet (the 6cm hole netting is not recommended at all) with any foal.
- Round Bale nets come in two size to fit a big bale measuring approx. 5'x4' (1.5x1.2m) or the smaller 4' x 4' (1.2x1.2m) round bales.
- 4cm square holes - nets made with 4cm netting are designed to slow down hay intake and are perfect for horses experienced with slowfeeding.
- 6cm square hole netting suits cereal and stalky hay, or situations where you want to contain the hay without slowing down the feeding rate eg. in winter or for older horses.
- 6cm nets are also better for more than 4 horses feeding from a bale (The larger holes make it easier for them to get their fill before they are moved off by others).
- If your horse is shod or has splits in their hooves, it's essential to contain the net inside a hayfeeder or have a barrier around so they can't catch a shoe/torn hoof if they paw at it.
- If the net tears it can be temporarily mended with some baling twine, then email us for more netting twine (some provided with purchase).
- 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 - if you have this type of hay purchase a 6cm net.
- 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!
- When using a roundbale net it helps the horses access the hay better if you tie up the loose netting as they eat the bale down. To see an example of this, and how to make a cover for your net click here.
- If your horse wears a rug with belly straps that have exposed buckles, please be aware that these can catch on the haynet if the horse rubs on or past it. Either secure the haynet in a hayfeeder ring or make a velcro cover for the buckles.
To put on a round bale net:
1. Remove the net wrap or strings.
2. Dig out all the wet or mouldy parts until you can no longer feel any heat or smell mould. Horses will leave spoiled hay in the net.
3. This may involve peeling off a layer that can then be used for mulch.
4. With two people its easiest to work the net down from the top.
5. Work it right to the bottom so the top is nice and tight.
6. Tighten the drawstring around the bottom, tie it and tuck inside the net so that a hoof can’t get caught.
Go to the video tab above to see how the horses graze with the net.