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  • Hay net fun

    Alright...must give in and buy the round-bale net as well as the square bale nets :P
    2 horses share right now- nicely. Debating which size hole, as one is IR and easy keeper, the other my endurance horse who is maintaining well this year, but a more difficult keeper than the other for sure.

    So what size hole for the nets? standard 1 3/4? Slow 1 1/4? I think the ultra slow 1" will be too much restriction for the latter horse.

    And as a far as round bale nets - which are the easiest to get on? I've been looking at HayChix but open to others...
    RIP Traveler & Tesla <3

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    Hay Chix are the best. Worth the extra funds because they're super tough and LAST!

    1" is just fine for everyone. Trust me. I've been a hay net user for over 10 years and, regardless of the horse's condition, that 1" is great. Keeps everyone on grazing speed
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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      I have the 1 3/4 for my easy keeper and, truthfully, he eats too quickly out of it. For him, I purchased the 1 1/4" as well and it slows him down to a much better eating speed so he has hay in front of him longer. You're welcome to use my discount code.
      20% off code for Hay Chix hay nets--http://682haychix.refr.cc/chelseaboda

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      • #4
        The coolest round bale nets I've seen are haylow. Check out the video on this page: http://rockinsranchds.com/haylow-hay-nets/

        They get talked up a lot in the mid west, people love them. Nothing gets easier to put on than that!

        1" is definitely too small for my harder keepers. Can you get some low cost nets to test hole size before springing for your round bale net? Shires nets are very economical and hold up well.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Simkie View Post
          The coolest round bale nets I've seen are haylow. Check out the video on this page: http://rockinsranchds.com/haylow-hay-nets/

          They get talked up a lot in the mid west, people love them. Nothing gets easier to put on than that!

          1" is definitely too small for my harder keepers. Can you get some low cost nets to test hole size before springing for your round bale net? Shires nets are very economical and hold up well.
          I'll look at those! Shipping is usually the issue in cost :P

          Testing how? I'm thinking the 1 1/4 is going to be smallest I'm comfortable with for the hard keeper...does Shires have a round bale version?
          The issue being that the Round Bale net is what is really needed as they are going through one a bit fast for just 2 horses so want to reduce the waste as well as control the IR guy some :P
          RIP Traveler & Tesla <3

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          • #6
            Originally posted by paintedtrails View Post

            I'll look at those! Shipping is usually the issue in cost :P

            Testing how? I'm thinking the 1 1/4 is going to be smallest I'm comfortable with for the hard keeper...does Shires have a round bale version?
            The issue being that the Round Bale net is what is really needed as they are going through one a bit fast for just 2 horses so want to reduce the waste as well as control the IR guy some :P
            Testing as in trying hole size so you don't wind up several hundred in the hole (hahahaha) with a round bale net that's either too tight or too loose. No, shires doesn't make round bale nets.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Simkie View Post

              Testing as in trying hole size so you don't wind up several hundred in the hole (hahahaha) with a round bale net that's either too tight or too loose. No, shires doesn't make round bale nets.
              Too loose would mean needing to add a second net to reduce it again right? (or sell and replace)
              I think I know someone who has a round bale net that they don't use...might see if they are willing to sell or let me try it.
              RIP Traveler & Tesla <3

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              • #8
                I get 750lb rounds and the Hay Chix net is technically "too big." However, once the net is on and I flip the bale onto its side, I pull the net super tight towards me, even rolling the bale a big to be sure it's evenly tight. I then pull the cinch tight and begin to twist the net back onto itself into, like, a huge "bun." Then wrap the cord around the base of the bun, nearest the bale, pulling it super tight with each wrap. I tie off the end around the hoggle so that it stays tight and there is no lose cord. Works like a charm.

                I then roll it into a hay cradle and cover with the Hay Hut. My 2 draft-cross mares go through that bale in about 2 1/2 weeks with zero waste.

                Whatever net you choose, it's worth it!
                <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
                  Hay Chix are the best. Worth the extra funds because they're super tough and LAST!

                  1" is just fine for everyone. Trust me. I've been a hay net user for over 10 years and, regardless of the horse's condition, that 1" is great. Keeps everyone on grazing speed
                  I keep hearing about Hay Chix! I need an option for a fat mare for in her stall and turnout (she has a shed so can hang it from the wall when she's turned out) that is not awful to load. Right now I'm using more of a hay "bag" (something like the hay feed web bag that Coth isn't letting me link at the moment) that is easy to open and reload, even for husband. I debated getting a 1" Hay Chix and just putting it over the hay bag... but worry that would make it too frustrating?! Thoughts?
                  "I'd rather have a horse. A horse is at least human, for god's sake." - J.D. Salinger

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                    Originally posted by starhorse View Post

                    I keep hearing about Hay Chix! I need an option for a fat mare for in her stall and turnout (she has a shed so can hang it from the wall when she's turned out) that is not awful to load. Right now I'm using more of a hay "bag" (something like the hay feed web bag that Coth isn't letting me link at the moment) that is easy to open and reload, even for husband. I debated getting a 1" Hay Chix and just putting it over the hay bag... but worry that would make it too frustrating?! Thoughts?
                    The 1" does slow them down drastically and may frustrate a veracious eater. They will get used to it, but it may be frustrating at first. They suggest to always feed loose hay in addition to the bagged hay at the start to alleviate that initial frustration. Then they acclimate.
                    20% off code for Hay Chix hay nets--http://682haychix.refr.cc/chelseaboda

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cnd8 View Post

                      The 1" does slow them down drastically and may frustrate a veracious eater. They will get used to it, but it may be frustrating at first. They suggest to always feed loose hay in addition to the bagged hay at the start to alleviate that initial frustration. Then they acclimate.
                      Veracious? Do you mean voracious?

                      Small holes are more of a problem with "meh" eaters, ime. They just give up. My really GOOD eater (too good...) just gets slowed down by the smaller hole net, but still eats. Which is exactly the point

                      Do you get a kick back when someone uses your haychix code?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Simkie View Post

                        Veracious? Do you mean voracious?

                        Small holes are more of a problem with "meh" eaters, ime. They just give up. My really GOOD eater (too good...) just gets slowed down by the smaller hole net, but still eats. Which is exactly the point

                        Do you get a kick back when someone uses your haychix code?
                        Thank you for correcting my spelling and laughing at it. I actually have a Master's Degree in English and a Specialists in Reading Instruction. Point taken.

                        My guy gets a little frustrated because he's so aggressive when he eats, but the small 1 1/4 nets I have do help extend the presence of the hay. He's probably not as much of a fan of the small one as I am! LOL

                        I do. And also anyone who ever orders from Hay Chix is given the same sort of code so they can share with others and then get the same sort of credits I can. I'm not an "ambassador" or anything. I just love the things. Any other questions or corrections?
                        20% off code for Hay Chix hay nets--http://682haychix.refr.cc/chelseaboda

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Simkie View Post
                          The coolest round bale nets I've seen are haylow. Check out the video on this page: http://rockinsranchds.com/haylow-hay-nets/

                          They get talked up a lot in the mid west, people love them. Nothing gets easier to put on than that!

                          1" is definitely too small for my harder keepers. Can you get some low cost nets to test hole size before springing for your round bale net? Shires nets are very economical and hold up well.
                          Goodness... shipping ranges from $42 for their Cinch Chix round bale (+$185 net) to $187 for the HayLo nets (+$290 net)... I'd love to get an AGI ring, but that is $395 + shipping of $210! I know long term it will pay off....but hard to spend yet.
                          RIP Traveler & Tesla <3

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cnd8 View Post

                            Thank you for correcting my spelling and laughing at it. I actually have a Master's Degree in English and a Specialists in Reading Instruction. Point taken.

                            My guy gets a little frustrated because he's so aggressive when he eats, but the small 1 1/4 nets I have do help extend the presence of the hay. He's probably not as much of a fan of the small one as I am! LOL

                            I do. And also anyone who ever orders from Hay Chix is given the same sort of code so they can share with others and then get the same sort of credits I can. I'm not an "ambassador" or anything. I just love the things. Any other questions or corrections?
                            Dude, no need to get your feathers ruffled. The incorrect word was funny, but hey, good to know truthful horses might get frustrated with a hay net Transparency is important if you're pushing a product and getting a kickback, so thanks for sharing that info.

                            paintedtrails that's a bummer about shipping but might be worth it when you're swapping out a bale in freezing temps? It just looks sooooooo easy! I wonder how hard it would be to rig up a similar ring system with another brand of net?

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                            • #15
                              I ordered a net off of ebay. I think its 1-1/2" holes. I use it mostly because ponies make a mess and this helps. I also use the nets in stalls, and did notice my daughters hony gets frustrated at the small hole nets....and he just won't eat. He cribs instead.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Simkie View Post


                                paintedtrails that's a bummer about shipping but might be worth it when you're swapping out a bale in freezing temps? It just looks sooooooo easy! I wonder how hard it would be to rig up a similar ring system with another brand of net?
                                Yeah...I've seen lots of "expensive" pre-made stuff from DIY Hay Nets too that I think we might be able to figure out how to make ourselves eventually! DIY tho does offer to let you just buy the hardware and source your own materials.such as https://diynets.net/shop?olsPage=pro...y338hf-diy-kit
                                RIP Traveler & Tesla <3

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by paintedtrails View Post

                                  Yeah...I've seen lots of "expensive" pre-made stuff from DIY Hay Nets too that I think we might be able to figure out how to make ourselves eventually! DIY tho does offer to let you just buy the hardware and source your own materials.such as https://diynets.net/shop?olsPage=pro...y338hf-diy-kit
                                  My horse is pastured by himself where I board, so I made him a feeder for his HayChix nets. I bought the $30 rubber 40 gallon trough and drilled holes into it along the bottom edge for drainage. Then, my husband drilled a larger hole on the side midway up on one end for the handle/toggle to stick through. On the other end, he drilled another hole, for the metal piece on the other end of the net to poke through and be clipped for security. Then he can eat in the natural position, there's no waste, and he can't get his shoes hung up in the net.

                                  Before this, I had been clipping the bags onto the panel gate to hang and with him being so aggressive, he was practically slamming his head into the bag (and therefore, the gate behind the bag) to eat his hay. It drove me nuts. The trough is a saver for sure!
                                  20% off code for Hay Chix hay nets--http://682haychix.refr.cc/chelseaboda

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by cnd8 View Post

                                    My horse is pastured by himself where I board, so I made him a feeder for his HayChix nets. I bought the $30 rubber 40 gallon trough and drilled holes into it along the bottom edge for drainage. Then, my husband drilled a larger hole on the side midway up on one end for the handle/toggle to stick through. On the other end, he drilled another hole, for the metal piece on the other end of the net to poke through and be clipped for security. Then he can eat in the natural position, there's no waste, and he can't get his shoes hung up in the net.

                                    Before this, I had been clipping the bags onto the panel gate to hang and with him being so aggressive, he was practically slamming his head into the bag (and therefore, the gate behind the bag) to eat his hay. It drove me nuts. The trough is a saver for sure!
                                    Yes! I have a leaky 100gal water tank from a friend that I will be using to do netted small squares in but, also need the round bale cover for where they are currently and now that they are both barefoot again I don't need a feeder ring too (for a bit yet)
                                    RIP Traveler & Tesla <3

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                                    • #19
                                      I have two horses that nibble. One horse knows how to gorge no matter what net size. She is a little piggy.

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                                        #20
                                        Well I ordered the 1 1/4 from HayChix with a friend's code I got the Round Bale net and 2 Small Square bale nets so I'll be ready no matter what I decide to do when they move home! (needed round bale for now in boarding).
                                        I'll work with the hubby on building a DIY ring type thing for round bales later since I already have a plan for square feeders.
                                        RIP Traveler & Tesla <3

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