The result will not be the same. Our hay net means considerable time and money savings. We strongly encourage you to read our sections, in which we explain the use of our hay net and its positive impact on our animals. We encounter wastage already in the case of a single hay cube. When it comes to a hay bale, in the case of two horses, the eating time is longer by two days! More information is available in the “Studies” section.
No, we do not offer hay nets in other colours due to one simple reason – green is the colour of nature and hence the hay nets are green.
Our hay nets are durable. They are made of polypropylene fibre of the highest quality. Sensitive connection points are interoperable with attached strong ropes that are made of the same fibre and double interlaced mesh by mesh (densely interlaced). This guarantees the durability of the connections.
Our horses did not bite through it, not even once, as it is very difficult in the case of polypropylene.
A horse weighs approximately 500 kg on average. Due to its weight it can sometimes “mess up”. It happened once that one of our Fjord horses started pawing (a net-wrapped hay bale) and having hooked against the hay net, it lost its horseshoe and tore the hay net.
In the case of shod horses it is recommended to use some kind of a board – it can be made using stabling methods (we will soon have something more professional on offer). This only applies to a large hay net for a hay bale – cylindrical shape and cuboid shape for hay cubes that stand on the ground. If a hay net is torn with a horseshoe, the simplest “repair kit” is a binder rope.
Of course you can put hay cubes into the hay net for a hay bale. Due to the net shape (cylindrical), you will be able to place much fewer cubes than in the case of a cuboid shape net. The service nature will simply become more pronounced. However, we believe that regardless of the shape the hay net will have once full, the most important thing is that animals will eat slowly.
We tested smaller 2,5 cm mesh and we encountered frustration. We noticed that our animals could not eat their fill. While watching our horses, we decided that 4,5 cm mesh would be more suitable for such large animals. For goats and sheep, which also have a tendency to waste feed, we recommend 2,5 cm mesh nets.
In the case of hay nets to be placed in box stalls, we fill them once a day instead of “traditionally” throwing hay into the box stalls twice a day. If we fill the nets in one place, the stable can be easily kept clean and tidy.
If your guest house staff is not convinced by this method of distributing hay (although in practice it takes approximately the same amount of time – the number of times hay is distributed plus hay savings), you may talk with your guests and encourage them to reward the staff at their discretion. You may also include filling the hay nets in your service price list as it is in the case of walking horses into the paddock or wrapping.