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Old 03-06-2007, 11:41 AM  
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Canvas Hay Bag or Hay Net?

I'm considering canvas hay bags for my horses (and Minis) instead of hay nets. I've never used a hay bag, do they work as well? Better? They sure look like they would be easier to use than a net...
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:48 AM  
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I LOVE the hay bags. They also make some nylon mesh bags that are very sturdy and stand up to getting wet better than canvas. They're made of the same sort of material (kinda) as the mesh fly masks.

Hay nets, while CHEAPER by a long shot, can be dangerous. I've seen horses get feet and legs caught in hay nets. I've also seen horses that EAT the net.

But for everyday use, I'm all for feeders as close as possible to the ground. Horses are meant to eat and drink with their heads down. Once in a while it's fine (like in the trailer) for them to eat with their heads up, but I'm a firm believer that it can cause problems if you do it all the time. Just my .02, of course.
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:55 AM  
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I'm only looking for hay bags for going to shows, tied to the trailer, etc. I feed our horses off the ground (for the above mentioned reasons). I had just heard that horses have trouble getting hay out of the bags...

I hate hay nets! They are a pain to fill and I always worry about the horses getting caught in them, but sometimes you do what you have to do and if the bags didn't work well I wasn't going to spend the extra money for them.
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:56 AM  
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We use the hay bags in lieu of hay nets, too. I agree with Miss Leeanne, they are safer and IMO easier to use.
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:02 PM  
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the great thing about feeding horses in hay bags vs. nets: if it DOES take them longer to get the hay out, they are at least entertained for longer.

If they're busy trying to pull the hay out of the hay bag, they are likely not pawing, pulling back, neighing, pacing etc. etc. etc.

But honestly, I've never seen a horse that had too much of a problem getting the hay out of a hay bag.
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:59 PM  
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the great thing about feeding horses in hay bags vs. nets: if it DOES take them longer to get the hay out, they are at least entertained for longer.

If they're busy trying to pull the hay out of the hay bag, they are likely not pawing, pulling back, neighing, pacing etc. etc. etc.

But honestly, I've never seen a horse that had too much of a problem getting the hay out of a hay bag.
That does seem reasonable. Horses are very motivated when it comes to eating!
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Old 03-06-2007, 03:47 PM  
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Yup, hay bag over hay net anytime! I've seen horses get caught in hay nets, and it's scary - granted, I knew a gelding who managed to get his hoof into his hay bag, too, but at least the strap just broke and there wasn't much chance of him really hurting himself beyond getting scared of the bag...silly horses!
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Old 03-06-2007, 05:29 PM  
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Guess I'm the odd duck here...I only use haynets (not nylon tho!). I've tried the hay bags a couple times and both times, the horses flipped them around in the trailer and couldn't get any hay out.

Plus, we trailer long distances (3-6-9 hours) and I can cram tons of hay in the nets vs the little bit I can put in the bags.

I do have one that chews through the nets, so I keep a large supply on hand!
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I use both. For the most part I use heavy duty nylon cordura hay bags. I've never had a horse that had a hard time getting the hay out of them. Some are quite good at flipping and spinning them.

But I have one mare who is extra aggresive and just tears them to pieces so she only gets a cotton rope hay net. She can completely destroy a brand new hay bag in less than an hour.
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:17 PM  
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To safely tie up a hay net, when the loop is pulled tight, run it back down thro the bottom ring, then back up thro the top where it's gathered. Now the loop will be quite short. Hang it high. As the horses pull on the hay, enough drops that they will eat with their heads down as well. When the net is empty it will still be higher than the horse's chest. I hang my a good stretch above my head.
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:24 PM  
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Schneiders has mini sized canvas hay bags!!!! Plus all sorts of goodies for mini's.

www.sstack.com
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