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  1. #1
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    Default Source for 1.5" to 2" hole netting for a slow feeder?

    Hi all. I'm planning to make a "trough" style slow feeder so I want to have netting with 1.5" to 2" holes. I would fill the bag with hay and then put it in a trough. Does anyone know of a source for this size netting that would be appropriate for a slow feeder? Thanks in advance and any links to websites would be greatly appreciated.


    Note: I have used the hockey netting that has smaller (1") holes for the kind of slow feeders that hang. This works because gravity "pushes" the hay against the net. However, for a trough style feeder I think the larger holes would be better since the hay won't be "pushed" against the holes.



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    Could you just use a very large small hole hay net? If so I know Shires makes several different types. A friend and I ordered a few from Equestrian Collections but here's the shires website and some of their hay nets. I know the ones we ordered early this yr were black and blue mesh and held at least 5 flakes of hay (way too big for my needs unfortunately), but I think they also had one that would hold a bale of hay in red and black colors. If that would work for you, good luck lift it up into a trough.

    Anyway, here is the Shire's website and haynets:


    http://www.shiresequestrian.co.uk/sh...ctid=1221&js=y
    Sue
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    Soccer nets?
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    I recommend Cinch Chix products. I have bought hay nets in several sizes from them and so far they are holding up great!

    http://www.cinchchix.com/


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    Thanks! Cinchchix sells a bag that will hold a "west coast" 3 string bale for $60.00
    and you can select the size of the openings from 1" to 1 3/4". They also sell netting in 5' by 5' size or 10' by 10' size. They offer it with several different opening sizes, the cheapest is the 1 3/4" the biggest size is 2 1/2" but I think that would be too big.
    Shires sells an "extra strong" hay bag with 2" openings which is supposed to hold a bale of hay but I am not sure what the dimensions of the bag are (e.g. what size bale it fits- I have the "west coast" bales). Their price is under $20.00. I put in a call to customer service at equestrian collections to find out.
    Last edited by Mukluk; Sep. 16, 2013 at 02:37 PM.


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    Cinch Chix nets are the best. They're soooo tough!!!
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    I just bought a small hole hockey net on ebay for our slow feeders we are creating for the miniature horses. Seems like a good net but time will tell. The price was right anyway. Will know in a few days when it arrives. We do have a cinch chix net for the round bales and it is great. But I was looking for a cheaper solution for the miniatures. Fingers crossed anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by equislover View Post
    I just bought a small hole hockey net on ebay for our slow feeders we are creating for the miniature horses. Seems like a good net but time will tell. The price was right anyway. Will know in a few days when it arrives. We do have a cinch chix net for the round bales and it is great. But I was looking for a cheaper solution for the miniatures. Fingers crossed anyway
    They should work fine if you hang them but the hockey net that I used before only had 1" openings and I'm looking for bigger.



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    He sold sizes from 1" to 2 " so may be worth checking if you are still looking. Since we are feeding mini's with this one we wanted the smaller size.
    To ride a horse is to borrow freedom.



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    i bought nylon golf netting from a marine supply store on Ebay--worked great, and was super cheap!



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    We use Freedom Feeders-many sizes, durable, and great customer service.


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    If you have access to them, old fish nets are good and tough also.
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    http://www.thinaircanvas.com/nibblen...heet-frame.htm
    not cheap, but I've had some of their nets for 2 years- daily use and out in the weather. They are a little dirty, but holding up really well! I'm contemplating trying this sheet, but not exactly sure how I'd build the box. A friend did build some boxes, and the one thing I didn't like about them was that they were deep enough that my mare couldn't see out while eating, so she was a bit worried about eating for a while. Once that wore off, she kept smashing her nose when she pulled the hay out of the net. So--consider and shallow and wide box when you design yours!


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    This is what I use:

    http://www.westcoastnetting.com/nett...2ht-1-1-2.html

    They will make any size you want and this is tough netting. I am just replacing one I have had 8 horses using for 4 years. The netting is still almost completely intact but the rope edge has worn out. I have it tied intermittently around the bottom edges of a round bale feeder and put my hay under it. It also has been outside always and has not deteriorated from UV exposure and whatnot. I am getting a slightly larger size this time with a web edge. Will use the old one for hauling loose hay or something as it has a lot of use in it still.



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    Thanks so much for all the great great resources! It's very nice to have so many options. Mestle, I didn't know you could get 1.5" hockey net. Wow you guys are GREAT!!!!!



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    I ordered a cinchchix west coast bale bag and yesterday bought a trough to put it all in. This will be for my mare Angel- so excieted to not have to hang up hay bags. Also the future Mr. Mukluk was able to score an "old" tennis net for me which has the correct sized holes. I am going to see if I can make a DIY one for the future Mr. Mukluks horse Stoli. So tennis nets may be another source for folks out there- the price was surely right!!!



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    I order my netting thru Arizona Sports Equipment (http://www.arizonasportsequipment.co...ockey-netting/). Mine are used 24/7/365 and I have one that is over 5 years old - still going strong! Well worth the cost!
    Cindy



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