How do I safely secure the hay net for my horse?
Hay nets can be one of the best way to provide a slow feeder system for your horse. They are inexpensive, come in loads of colors, and even different styles. If you are using a slow feeder system, you will likely want to hang more than one flake at a time. Some hay nets can hold a days worth of hay.
Get this "tail" out of the way. You can use slip knots to secure it to itself, and shrink it up in the process.
You can also use a carabiner to hold all of the "tail" out of the way.
When you hang your cinch up variety of hay net, a few things to be mindful of.
- Height - make sure no legs and hooves can get stuck, but low enough that your horse is not twisting his neck around to reach the net.
- Style - I prefer the small opening hay nets, these allow for slower eating. The larger openings can also accommodate a hoof and leg, which is a problem if you have the hay net on the ground. Smaller openings can still accomodate the tip of a horse shoe, so be sensible.
Smaller openings - makes for a "slower" net.
Larger opening - legs are likely to get stuck if the net is not high enough!
The extra tail of the hay net - make sure the extra tail of the hay net is secured 100% out of the way. If your hay net hangs from the rafters, no worries. If your hay net is hanging in the trailer, make sure the tail is tied onto itself all the way. \For hay nets secured in a tub, the tail must be tied onto itself all the way. The tub must also be tall enough that your horse won’t be able to get a leg in and get stuck on the net. For hay nets on the ground, find a way to secure the net closed (like a caribener) so you can remove the tail totally. Also be sure all horses eating from a hay net on the ground are barefoot.
This net is secured to a bin for outside feeding. The bin and the net are secured to the super duty fence post so that no horse can tip it over and get tangled.
How do you secure your horse’s hay net?