Clarksdale, MS--the golden buckle on the cotton belt
Spinoff--hay nets for 24/7 outside horses
I'm really sick of seeing expensive hay pulled out of my hay feeders (half barrels) and distributed all over the ground. A hay net would seem to be the answer, but I also very much prefer to feed close to ground level. I can see huge problems with a hay net lying on the ground or attached so it is almost ground level.
How do you guys make sure the hay net is safe and very close to ground level? I've thought and thought and am stumped. I'd like to be able to feed 1/2 bale per day per horse.
"I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay." Thread killer Extraordinaire
Small hole haynet hung on a fence. It's more daily work, but no hay is wasted. None. And she has yet to have a horse put any body part other than a nose near the net. IMO, if it's tied to a fence (and hers are near the water trough), chances are that the horses will pick another place to roll.
My neighbor had a handyman build a 3 sided box the same size as a bale of hay. With holes in the bottom for drainage. Then 2 screw eyes were put in on the bottom of each side at 1/3rd and 2/3rds of the way down the long side.
She then put a bale of hay in the box (taking off the string) and put a piece of the plastic small (1" x 1") hole lattice (cut to fit inside the box) -- (from Lowes) on top of the hay.
Then she uses 2 bungee cords attached to the screw eyes up and over the lattice, holding the lattice in place and ensuring it lowers as the hay is eaten.
Total time to make: less than 1 day. Cost: About $40.
She has been using it for over a year now and is really pleased with it.
If you have a fence to attach them to .....we have been using water tubs with the drain plug pulled out. I thread the haynet through the water drain hole at the botttom and tie it to the fence and then we also attach the tub to the fence with a plastic bungee. It has been working for months with no problems now. We actually started double baggin them and it slowed them down even more.