Okay, I know it's not as safe, but I just clip a double ended snap to the tie rope, after doubling it. Then we run the snap through the ring on the wall (which isn't going to work with small screw eyes, we use tie rings) back through the bottom of the net then snap it to the ring. Our rings are at human eye level, so at least 5 feet off the ground (I'm 5'11".) An empty haynet should never be hanging below the point of the horse's shoulder. This system works for me, and I've been using haynets to feed for 30 years. The only time I have ever had a horse get stuck in a haynet was a 2 year old Saddlebred stallion with padded shoes on, who got his shoe stuck in the net somehow (even though it was above shoulder height.) The only thing I can think of is that he reared and pawed at the net. He got his hay on the floor after that.
=morganpony86;6675118]I started using the small-hole hay nets, hanging them from a ~4" screw-eye drilled into a post on the wall, tied in a quick-release knot. The problem is that my boys really love their food, and in the process of trying to get it out of the small-hole nets, fling the nets around and rip them off the wall. They appear to simply come untied. Is there a way to tie the hay nets safely, but securely?
Should I tie them to a string of baling twine through the eye with a regular knot? Or should I not worry about it and just tie it in a regular knot to the eye screw? I think with all the lifting/swinging and the thick hanging string of the net, the quick-release knot just comes loose. Or does someone have other ideas for hanging hay nets?
Maybe a second ring in the wall, further down, to hold the bottom?
On a related note, one literally flung his hay net over the 5' wall the other day, out of reach. Any suggestions for how to prevent that from happening? All of the stall walls are that height; moving it to a different wall isn't an option. They're hung at about 4' now.