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    Default Small hole hay net

    I currently have a small holed hay net from dover...i'm noticing that my horse can pull hay out of it like it's not even in a net. Do they make a hay net that has REALLY small holes???
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    You could really be evil and double net it with 2 small hole hay nets..

    Or try a nibble net, lots of rave reviews on those here.
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    Smith Brothers also has the small mesh hay nets, the holes are 1 1/2" I believe. I love them for my piggies!



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    Quote Originally Posted by goeslikestink View Post
    if I'm correct, this is the same one as the OP is using. I use these too, and my horses can pull big chunks out too.

    you can double bag it as mentioned.

    I find the 1.5 hole NN is actually easier to pull large chunks from than the small hole net.

    I find however that splitting the quantity in half and into two bags makes for less tightly packed bags and thus harder to pull large chunks out of. (ie, if you fed 4 flakes in one bag normally, use two bags and put 2 flakes in each).
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    My problem is that I'm finding that Kiwi's GI tract is slowing down with his age (he's 24). The more hay he gets, the harder his poop is. He only gets 3 flakes of grass hay daily (1 flake AM and 2 flakes PM). Don't worry, the rest of his diet is soaked alfalfa cubes, senior and a multi-vitamin. The hay is soaked and only to keep him busy. He'd choose to eat hay all day long verse his alfalfa cubes/senior!

    I really just want that 1-2 flakes of hay to last him more than 30 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goeslikestink View Post
    Currently use that one!
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    I found that the key was to not only have small holes but make it *really difficult* for them to pin the net down and grab it.

    The Nibblenet is at a natural disadvantage there because it lies flat against the wall. The small-hole haynets at least get kind of bulbous and swing around.

    The ideal setup would be free-swinging, like from a ceiling joist or a pole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwayu View Post
    My problem is that I'm finding that Kiwi's GI tract is slowing down with his age (he's 24). The more hay he gets, the harder his poop is. He only gets 3 flakes of grass hay daily (1 flake AM and 2 flakes PM). Don't worry, the rest of his diet is soaked alfalfa cubes, senior and a multi-vitamin. The hay is soaked and only to keep him busy. He'd choose to eat hay all day long verse his alfalfa cubes/senior!

    I really just want that 1-2 flakes of hay to last him more than 30 minutes.
    Is he on a probiotic? That might help. Also perhaps talk to your vet about adding electrolytes to pull some more water into that system.

    I think I'd perhaps buy a few more nets, and put like 1/2 a flake in each, then scatter them around his space as far apart as possible. Also trying to put them somewhere where he can't pin it down, as the above poster mentioned, would be a good idea.
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    It also matters what hay you use, I have found. I am currently feeding a really coarse, 1st cutting timothy (so long strands, where 2nd or 3rd cutting is often shorter) -- my horse has a much harder time pulling that out of the small mesh net than when I use finer, shorter cut hay. He also has a harder time with it when I leave the flake compressed together in the net, not broken apart and fluffed.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jn4jenny View Post
    The ideal setup would be free-swinging, like from a ceiling joist or a pole.
    duh! yes, like a piƱata! I hang mine from tree limbs in the paddocks so its a moving target and swings around. forgot to mention that as I do it every day automatically.

    Sadly my two horses finally figured out the trick rather than each running to their own, they both eat from the same now so one holds it stead(ier) for the other.

    fwiw, I hang my flat backed nibble net from a tree limb too and it's just as diabolical, more so even because only the front face of it is edible, so when it spins around they have to first flip it.
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    I love my nibblenet!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwayu View Post
    I really just want that 1-2 flakes of hay to last him more than 30 minutes.
    Double bag it. Mine now empties the Dover small hole in 30 minutes too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChocoMare View Post

    I have these. My fat horse has figured out how to empty the small one in less than an hour, and my hard keeper can't figure out how to eat from the large-sized bag if it's less than halfway full. *sigh* I guess they're not too fat/too thin for no reason.



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    adly my two horses finally figured out the trick rather than each running to their own, they both eat from the same now so one holds it stead(ier) for the other.
    While camping this year my piggy Paint figured out the trick to the NibbleNet while on a high line.

    He'd reach his neck around/over the NN and pin it against his chest in order to get some leverage.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jn4jenny View Post

    The ideal setup would be free-swinging, like from a ceiling joist or a pole.
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    You know all that baling twine you have laying around the place? Crochet your own and you can make the holes any size you want them to be. That's what I do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Leather View Post
    While camping this year my piggy Paint figured out the trick to the NibbleNet while on a high line.

    He'd reach his neck around/over the NN and pin it against his chest in order to get some leverage.
    Mine does that in his stall - I swear he and that thing go round and round in his stall wrestling like a couple of puppies! It's a lot of fun to watch but you can almost hear him cursing :P



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    Quote Originally Posted by devcubber View Post
    There's nothing inherently more free-swinging about this design than a slow-feeder hay net or a Nibblenet, and it's got much bigger holes. So what's the gimmick? Is the hay packed so tight that the horses can't easily remove it? That would be kinda cool, but I don't see evidence for that in the pictures.
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