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  • Hanging Hay Nets

    I have a baby who trashes her hay....mixes it into the bedding and then won't eat it because it's got shavings in it. (Don't blame her, but she's the one who mixed it in the first place!) I'd love to get her a small hole net, I think it would work out really well for her.

    But I'm SUPER paranoid. She's not shod, and not a mischief maker, but I am so worried she will get caught up some how.

    How do you all hang yours, if they're going to be in the stall overnight? One hook? Two hooks? How low? I'm trying to find that fine line between her getting dust down her nose from reaching up, and it being too low and dangerous.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Check out this hay net:

    http://cinchchix.com/online-catalog.html

    (the free-up feeder, if all the products come up).

    I use their whole-bale bags and hang them along the fence and in run-in sheds.
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      Originally posted by SMF11 View Post
      Check out this hay net:

      http://cinchchix.com/online-catalog.html

      (the free-up feeder, if all the products come up).

      I use their whole-bale bags and hang them along the fence and in run-in sheds.
      Fascinating...so I guess most people, then, are not really worried about their horse getting caught in some way. I am probably overparanoid and overprotective of the new baby.

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      • #4
        Here's my method:
        I have one screw eye placed on the wall at about 6-1/2' from the ground. Then I have a 2nd screw eye placed directly below it, at about 3' from the ground. I pull the string around the top of the hay net so I only have one "loop", then pinch the end and thread it up thru the top screw eye, and then down to the lower screw eye - where I then attach a double end snap and hook it directly to the string of the hay net & screw eye. If I overfill the haynet, my string won't always reach to the lower screw eye, and then I just snap the double end snap to the bottom of the hay net (after running the string thru the upper screw eye). My hay nets never hang any lower when they are empty, than when I first hang them.
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        • #5
          How I hang mine:

          http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h2...edomfeeder.jpg

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            Originally posted by GoForAGallop View Post
            Fascinating...so I guess most people, then, are not really worried about their horse getting caught in some way. I am probably overparanoid and overprotective of the new baby.
            Their hay nets are small hole, so a hoof couldn't get caught. They do say not to use any of their bags with shod horses or if the horse is wearing blankets.
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            • #7
              The small hole nets I hang pretty low, sometimes actually hitting the ground.

              If you take out the string it came with you can hang it using just a snap or a bucket hanging strap.

              I just use rope (I do not like the string they come with) but do not tie the ends. This way anything that hangs down is not a loop. I tie a small loop at the head of the bag, small enough that a hoof can not go thru it, large enough for my double ended snap to clip to.

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              • #8
                For the small hole mesh nets, get a Jumbo Snap Eye Bolt

                One the net is filled, take up 6 or more sections of the draw string into the snap end of the bolt. Then just slip the bolt end over a hook at the height desired. This way, as it gets eaten down, it doesn't sag to the ground.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
                  For the small hole mesh nets, get a Jumbo Snap Eye Bolt

                  One the net is filled, take up 6 or more sections of the draw string into the snap end of the bolt. Then just slip the bolt end over a hook at the height desired. This way, as it gets eaten down, it doesn't sag to the ground.
                  Hey - that's a great idea, and I bet you could even use some type of safety bucket hook so the horses couldn't fling it off the hook easily! Now I know what to do with all of those old lead rope snaps lying around! I never have the heart to throw out good hardware when the ropes get old & tattered
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                  • #10
                    We tie our small hole hay nets on rings as high as we can reach with no slack between the ring and the body of the net. We're on weanling #2 with this system, and no trouble, despite the fact that they consider them great punching bags.
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                    • #11
                      I mount a screw eye high up on the wall (probably 6 1/2 ft?). I then attach both snap ends of an elastic leg strap (the kind used on horse blankets) to the screw eye. I knot the leg strap half way down.

                      I have double ended hooks attached to my haynets. I knot the haynet in a safety knot and attach the hook below the knot.

                      In the stall, it's very easy to pull down the leg strap to attach the haynet. As the horse eats more of the hay, the net gradually rises higher out of the way.
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                      • #12
                        My hores are out 24/7. I hang the nets from the top rail of their corral fence. I make sure that the bottom of the small mesh nets (when full) is no lower than their chests. The nets collapse as they empty, so they eventually hang a little lower than chest height when empty.

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                        • #13
                          ^^^ I now do the same from tree boughs, no lower than the chest when empty, about head height or a tad lower when full. Its not ideal in terms of dust in the airways, but after two years of no problem useage with them being hung much lower, my gelding managed to get hung up in one that hung slightly lower than belly height.

                          He discovered how much fun it is to back into the semi full haybag and scratch his butt cheeks on it. He started learning to lift a hind leg and squat on it like a loofa for his sheath. When I caught him doing this I stopped hanging them *that* low, but one day he still managed to back into one, lift a hind leg and get it hooked over the top of the bag. He struggled and tore up his stifle pretty badly. He's fine now but was out of work for 2 months.

                          I have actually stopped using haybags since and gone back to spreading hay in 15 or so small piles around the paddocks. Its nice to have the hay seed spread around again too instead of just concentrated where the bags hung. It has been easier on my COPD gelding's breathing too. I will be going back to haybags in the spring though when they're on grass again and not eating much hay. Bags really do cut down on waste big time.
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                          • #14
                            Mine are hung outside since that's where they eat, but I have big, sturdy screw eyes mounted about 7.5 feet up (not quite out of reach if I reach up comfortably from the ground) on the posts of my horse porch and I thread the rope of they hay bag through a large, sturdy carabiner attached to the screw eye. End of the rope has a heavy clip, which attaches to a heavy ring I put on the bottom of the hay net.

                            I also have Nibble Nets, and those hang by their straps, through which I've threaded a big, honking brass snap and hook that to the carabiner.
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                            • #15
                              I use a Nibble Net hay bag, holes are too small to get caught up in. You can also hang it high enough where hooves/blankets can't come in contact with it.

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                              • #16
                                Use a Hay Bar - better eating position, less risk, easier to fill

                                http://www.haybar.co.uk/

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                                • #17
                                  I've found my horse will destroy any hay net within a week. So, my dad built something along the lines of these:
                                  http://www.grazingbox.com/photogallery.htm
                                  My horse is in a stall but my dad only made it big enough for 3 flakes (mind you these are flakes from a 100 pound bale). There was a corner feeder in his stall already, but I just took it out and it takes up just a little more room than that. It works great! And there's not much of a risk of your horse getting its foot caught.

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                                  • #18
                                    I mounted pulleys above the stalls, fill the small hole nets and raise them up and over the top stall wall. I lock them in place using a boat cleat on the outside of the stall wall. When hung, the bottom of the net is about 4 1/2 feet off the ground. As they empty, they lower, but never reach below 4 feet. To keep them from slinging them back and forth, I run the rope closing the net through a hole or two in the net and back outside where I can clip it fast to an eyebolt using a two ended snap which also keeps it from being pulled into the stall.
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                                    • #19
                                      Thinking about this you could add a weight to the loose end of the cinch part of a net, and run the cinch through an eye bolt. As the net gets lighter, it rises up away from the ground. Would take a little adjusting to find the right weight, but...

                                      I'd put the weight and eye bolt outside the stall maybe for safety.
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                                      • #20
                                        With a baby horse, some of the feeders' holes may be large enough for the little one to get stuck.

                                        When I was using a NibbleNet with my mare, I used baling twine to tie it to her hay rack, just like we use baling twine to tie the cross ties to the cross tie hooks, instead of clipping them on.
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