Hay is the basic roughage for horses and other animals such as goats, sheep, alpacas and cattle. Why is it difficult for breeders to decide which horse hay net is the best?
Spilled loose in the box or in the paddock makes it difficult to keep order. Much hay is wasted. Hence, breeders and horse owners often use hay nets as the easiest roughage delivery system to implement.
WHAT IS THIS HAY NET?
A hay net for a horse is a type of sack or bag in which roughage is placed. It can be hay, but also often haylage. The bags have different shapes, they differ in the size of the mesh and the thickness of the line they are made of. There are as many solutions as there are horses and animals because they also have their mesh preferences.
Using a net has a number of advantages for both horses and owners. Primarily:
the horse takes more time to eat a hay batch. While in the box or in transport, he has a long-term job. Horses like to pick up hay through the small mesh of the net. Some animals also like to play with the net. In addition, slow food consumption has a positive effect on health – this is important for animals with metabolic diseases or peptic ulcer disease. Overweight horses and those that need to gain weight will also benefit from the net;
allows you to provide conveniently soaked hay to horses struggling with allergies and respiratory diseases. The nets are resistant to moisture and high temperatures, so they will also work well if you use a hay evaporator;
works well during transport. Keeps you busy for long hours on the road and allows you to feed hay at the right height;
helps to keep order in the stable and in the paddock. So it is a big saving on the farm as less wasted hay is thrown away.
WHAT SHOULD BE THE HAY NET FOR HORSES?
At the beginning, the most important thing: there is no one universal hay net for a horse that will work in every place and for every horse. When choosing a net for a horse, we take into account, among others:
the horse’s nutrition and the amount of hay fed to him each day
whether one animal or a herd will use the net,
the temperament of the animal, its size. A different net can be hung in the pony’s box, different for alpaca or goats, and different for a large workhorse. For the latter, we will definitely choose an 8cm mesh.
places of application of the net (paddock, stable, transport of animals), and the type of fastening we have available. Sitke can be hung on a partition or on a tree.
individual preferences of the owner.
The hay net can be used by an entire herd of animals in the paddock.
A hay net with fine meshes will keep the horse busy with food for a long time and the feed will not be wasted.
SHOULD I CHOOSE SMALL OR LARGE MESH IN THE HAY NET FOR HORSES?
This is a question that buyers often ask.
In our offer you will find meshes with a mesh size of 8cm, 4cm and our proprietary patent – a double mesh with a super small mesh. We sew it from two layers of mesh. The top layer is 4mm thick and the inner layer is 3mm thick colored mesh. The layers are placed crosswise. This allows horses to pick up hay through very small holes.
When determining the mesh size of a hay net for a horse, it is also worth taking into account the type of hay fed. For fine hay, it is better to choose a net with small meshes, long, soaked hay or haylage should be fed from a net with 8 cm mesh.
The large meshes allow the horse to consume the hay at a slightly faster pace and allow easier access to it. They do not protect against hay falling to the ground as well as nets with a smaller mesh and – if hung too low – can increase the risk of a horse becoming entangled, especially if the animal likes to dig. They reduce the trampling of hay and allow it to be safely stored in one place in the box. They will work well for older horses, underweight or temporarily for horses that are learning to use a hay net.
Small meshes (in our offer they are 4 cm meshes or special nets made of two layers of fabric with a 2.5 cm mesh) mean that the hay will be much better protected against falling out. The horse will also have to put more effort into reaching for them – small eyes mean longer feeding time. They are also safer. Our nets are made of knotless fabric, which reduces the risk of the horse getting tangled.
However, we do not recommend hanging nets within the reach of shod hooves.
However, it should be remembered that too fine mesh can frustrate the animal and make it too difficult for him to eat hay.
We do not recommend nets with a mesh size of 2.5 cm for older horses or horses suffering from peptic ulcer disease.
HAY NET FOR HORSE – WHAT MATERIAL IS IT MADE OF?
The material we use is a polypropylene mesh. It is sufficiently resistant to mechanical damage (including biting or tearing), completely resistant to UV radiation,
water and non-toxic in contact with feed and saliva.
The nets are made of knotless fabric. They are more expensive than knotted nets available in stores, but much more durable.
You should also remember about the rules of proper hanging of the mesh. A hay bag, rectangular net or sack can be hung on a door, partition between boxes, on a tree or fence. It should be placed so that the horse does not rummage in it with its front legs, but at the same time so that the animal does not have to raise its head high. Then eating will be comfortable and safe. Knotless nets are slippery, which is why the horses’ bare hooves slide on the hay-filled net. They are safer than knotted nets.
If you want to choose the right hay net for your horse, please contact us. Describe your needs and we will suggest which one will be suitable for your stable and for your animals.