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Round Bale HaySaver Net

  • Haysaver Round Bale Net.
  • Haysaver net on a a round bale that has the cover frame and portable dividing panels for horses that are learning to share!
  • Netting Sizes.
Usually Ships within 24-48 hrs but allow up to 7 days for round bale nets. Please note that due to the size of the nets only 1 net will fit in a satchel so if ordering more please choose parcel post.
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Round bale Haysaver Nets are PROUDLY MADE IN AUSTRALIA 

 Top 7 Reasons to Use a Slowfeeder haynet

  1.  Stops hay wastage from trampling in mud, manure, urine, being blown away etc. 
  2.  Slows down consumptionso the hay last 2-3 times longer and replicates grazing. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Gives your horse hay 24/7, saving you time on re-fills and keeps your horse calmer and happier.
  5. Hay in the gut 24/7 avoids gut ulcers and colic incidents and allows horses to regulate their consumtion so eventually eat less.
  6. Older horses find it easier to chew small amounts of hay taken from the net. 
  7. 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).


  1. 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. 
  2. If the net tears  it can be temporarily mended with some baling twine, then email us for more netting twine (some provided with purchase).
  3. 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. 
  4. 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! 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.

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  1. Love my round bale slow feeder net

    Posted by Nat on 3rd Aug 2014

    I don't know why I didn't get one of these earlier. I love it. I find it best to put the net opened over the top of a plastic pallet, then put to Hay roll on that and put the net up over the roll. Otherwise the trying cord gets in the way of hooves.
    Note from store owner: that's one way of doing it, but ideally, the drawstring would be tied up around the base of the pallet and tucked under it or tied up small so it won't be a problem with the hooves. That way the horses can access the hay better and avoid any frustration (the drawstring end will make the holes bunched closer together and harder to access hay from if it isn't held apart by the bale or a pallet.

  2. Even better than I thought it would be

    Posted by Unknown on 30th Jul 2014

    Last time I went away & left my two ponies with a 5' round bale, they demolished it in a week & wasted heaps. I have just been away for another week and, with my new net over a 5' bale, the ponies have hardly made a dent in the bale. It keeps them occupied having to pick out the hay instead of gorging themselves, & I am happy because the hay is not being wasted. I really love this net & it is going to make my life so much easier.

  3. Convenient and very economical

    Posted by daniel popovich on 28th Jul 2014

    We used to use square bales, but with three horses it was becoming very time consuming and also very expensive. So we began to use the smaller round bales (4' x 4') which are much more economical but then we also needed some sort of feeder system to stop the hay being dragged around the paddock which were very expensive and negated the round bale savings.
    We then came upon the Haysaver net, which was much more affordable, which we now tension from the roof of our covered area to keep the net from trailing on the floor as it becomes emptied, and we also stand the hay on a pallet to keep it dry. It can be a one person job with a bit of practice and technique, but I would recommend refilling the net as a two person task. Our hay loss has reduced to about 10% with shorter cut hay, and about 15% for longer stalks (which seem to be more prone to get pulled out and dropped to the ground and not picked up). The net is very strong and well put together and shows no signs of deterioration over the last 3 months from either the horses or from being man-handled when we are moving the bale around by pulling on the net. I would give the net a 5 star rating except for the need for some sort of frame/riser to stop the bale being pulled around and keeping the hay dry - but otherwise a very good and practical product and recommend it 100%.

  4. No more hay spread everywhere!

    Posted by nicole on 27th Jul 2014

    I have a horse who was being fed daily from square bales, last round bale she had was destroyed and spread from corner to corner in a matter of days, with manure all through it- was completely wasted. Now has a net and although the horse wasn't too impressed with it I love it. A bit difficult to try to get on the bale as I have only done it the once so far but I'm sure it will get easier each time I do it.
    Note from Store Owner: Yes it does get easier, especially if you have someone helping you and are putting it on as shown in the photos on this page :)

  5. Save your round bales from being wasted.

    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.

  6. Handy and Tidy

    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.

  7. I feel like the odd one out but not totally happy

    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

  8. Save on feed bills and vet bills

    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.

  9. Hay net

    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.

  10. Happy Horses

    Posted by Ally on 8th May 2014

    Works fantastic, saved so much hay wastage. Horses are really happy.

  11. Easy to use and saved a lot of hay!

    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.

  12. Really great hay net!

    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!

  13. Round bale hay net

    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!

  14. As usual perfect quality from Naturalhorseworld products

    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.

  15. No more waste

    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

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