Round bale Haysaver Nets are PROUDLY MADE IN AUSTRALIA
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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.
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.
Posted by Julie Purnell on 20th Jul 2014
I think these are fantastic. A friend bought one for a horse that colicked every time he got a round bale through being a guts. He has not colicked since she bought it and hence has saved her a few vet bills.
I noticed that we hardly lost any hay with them so bought some for myself and think we have saved about 4 round bales this season.
Have recommended them to others that use round bales.
Posted by Karri on 2nd Jul 2014
I have two of these now, and I'm very happy with them. They save the hay from being spread out and wasted, and slow down the fatsos from just picking out the good bits. Its a lot easier to put on than I expected it to be, and it doesn't collect smells (I have used another brand of net, and within a few weeks it was really stinky and washing didn't help!). Very happy with them, and the ponies love to rub on them too, so its entertaining as well.
Posted by Pat Shaw on 6th Jun 2014
I finally got around to setting out the round bale with the net as I had to go away for a week and wanted to make it easier for my son to feed the horse. He's not horsey and I also wanted him to be safe too. My last bale lasted 5 weeks with hand feeding (maybe I wasn't feeding enough) BUT, this bale only lasted 10 days and they would literally not leave the bale and fed 24/7 as I don't have another area to house them in overnight. I ordered the small net and hoped they would get used to it. Well they have and I guess I have two gorgers. I guess they aren't for everybody or maybe I just need to get them out of the paddock during the night-time but because they want to feed all the time, they don't exercise themselves by going anywhere else in the paddock. I'm got giving up on them but need to put some thought into how to make this work for both of us - they get a good feed and I'm not burning a hole in my pocket.
Cynthia's response: Pat sometimes horses will gorge if they have had their feed change from restricted to un-restricted like yours, but once they realise it will always be there (if you keep allowing them to have access to the netted bale), they will self regulate. Getting them to exercise is another matter - try putting the hay as far from the water as possible, or build a track around the paddock so they have to travel further to get their water and shelter.
There is an article coming up in my blog later this week that might help you so make sure you sign up for it at www.naturalhorseworld.com/blog
Posted by Kim Barker on 31st May 2014
Having used the hay saver net before but only for my fat ponies I now use it for all my horses. Recently a horse cut her eye on the hay because the best hay is always in the middle of the bale. I have spent a-lot of money trying to save her eye. Now every horse on the place is only allowed to eat with a hay saver net so no more hay diving and all eyes are safe.
Posted by Lise Holst on 29th May 2014
The hay is lasting so much longer, horses can not spoil it by poohing in it and scatter it around. saves hand feed several times a day and horses getting grumpy from being hungry. On stormy days, it keeps the hay from blowing away.
Posted by Ally on 8th May 2014
Works fantastic, saved so much hay wastage. Horses are really happy.
Posted by Emma on 24th Mar 2014
Simple to put on the bale, seems quite heavy duty, horses certainly had to work harder to get the hay out, there was a noticeable drop in hay consumption.
Posted by Kerry MacCraken on 17th Feb 2014
I purchased the 6cm hay net for round bales for winter feeding (did not want to slow down the horses' intake too much over the winter -we are in Canada), but wanted to reduce waste.
This is really a great product! I also have the 4cm net for summer feeding. Love these haynets - they are great!
Posted by Lynne Curnow on 28th Jan 2014
I found this product to be excellent in slowing down the rate of feeding and more importantly stopping the bale from being destroyed in a short time (which they had done previously) and there was virtually no wastage. We rolled the bale onto a pallet with the hay net placed out on it. After cutting off the baling netting we just lifted the hay net up and over the round bale and tightened cord and tied it to the tree. I had tied the bale to a tree with a rope first to help hold its shape and feed the rope thru the net and round the tree. Bale lasted 2 and a bit weeks with 3 big horses grazing on it (virtually no grass in paddock in Jan). As horses are yarded at night I covered the bale with a tarp each night (hooked onto the haynet) just in case it rained!
Posted by monica on 24th Nov 2013
Horses and myself happier than ever , less work for me, unlimited hay for the equines.
I like the slow feeder nets because the horses have to work at it, they prefer this, they choose to eat from the nets as opposed to hay on the ground. Horses KNOW whats best for them, slow digestion, healthier horse.
Posted by Ros Paxton on 12th Sep 2013
Round bales last twice as long now - between constant wind and destructive horses we were losing far too much hay.
Couldn't be happier - just ordered a second one
Posted by Vicki B. on 13th May 2013
I purchased a large haynet for my destructive stallion who thinks a big 5 x5 bale of hay is just one big toy. Well its looking very interesting.
I put out some loose hay for a few days as you suggested. He now prefers to eat from the net - loose hay no longer required. He seems to be manageing it very well.
The BIGGEST surprise is he is so much calmer as well - Don't know if that will last although he has lots and lots of toys. If its not chained or bolted down it becomes a toy or is totally destroyed.
I think now it takes much longer to get his hay so keeps him busy longer.
Less time to stand around wondering what to do next and less pent up energy.
He as learnt to nibble away so delicately at the net - and he was such a gung ho type of horse.
At this stage I am just blown away by the change HE IS SO CALM now and the hay is still in one piece, just hoping it is permanant.!
He also likes to stand on it like a goat but the net is standing up well to the rough treatment. “
Posted by Susan on 13th May 2013
I love the round bale slow feed net.
I bought the large round bale with 4cm holes. This has reduced the amount that my mare will eat in a day and also saved me heaps from no hay being blown away.
A number of people have commented on what a good idea the bale net is, and have purchased their own nets.
Posted by Elk Island Appaloosas on 13th May 2013
Bought one large round bale net, and had to get another. No waste and the horses prefer to eat the hay with the net vs. on the ground.
No more fighting over food.
Love it, and the horses love it.
Posted by Sam Naidu on 13th May 2013
Hi Cynthia, I now have my 2 5x4 round bale hay nets up and running and they are BRILLIANT! I can't recommend them highly enough. My hay lasts at least twice as long and every scrap of it gets eaten, rather than 25% of it ending up as rubbish. The horses took to it straight away. I haven't had to tie it up or anything either. They just eat it down till its all gone! Thank you so much. OH, also, they are very easy to put on. I wasn't sure if that would be the case. my 'hayman' has been recommending them to other clients, and I have been recommending them to friends. Thanks for a great product. :)
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