Why should you offer your horse hay in a hay net? If you watch wild horses that stay 24 hours on the pasture you see them grazing all the time.
Horses actually graze about 15 hours daily. This is their natural behavior: consuming many foragebased meals throughout the day. You are able to mimic this feeding pattern by offering hay in a hay net.
One way how you mimic your horses natural behavior is by giving unlimited access to hay, all day and all night.
With horse hay nets you come the closest to nature for your horse. You offer hay in an unlimited way but your horse has to work for it, meaning its foraging period is extended to an almost natural duration. Your horse cannot consume the hay in the hay net in an excessively way.
Studies were made demonstrating that horse hay nets were effective in increasing the total time of forage consumption by adult horses. Offering hay in hay nets motivates horses to extend their foraging time to 10 to 13 hours daily coming close to their natural grazing behavior that is about 15 hours per day.
You need to find out if feeding with a hay net will work for your horse. Sometimes it needs 4 to 5 feedings with the hay net in order to acclimate horses to this kind of feeding.
Also consider hanging the hay net low in order to follow the horse’s natural physiology. Eating with their heads down keeps horses healthy.
Hay nets are an effective method to feed your horse without having to use a trough.The Horse hay Net is a product that is environmentally safe. It reduces the amount of fly spray and chemicals used around an equine facility and the product itself is reusable and does not need to be recycled or thrown away.
The net is easy to install with hooks screwed into the wooden beams across openings of a run-in shed, horse barn or overhang. The nets come with secure grommets in the hem all around the net. The nets can be folded back a few holes to allow horses or people to pass through or can be fitted to cover the entire opening. When temperatures change in the fall it is easy to unhook the net and role it up to store for the next hot, buggy summer.The Horse hay Net reduces the sun rays or UV rays by almost 80%, discouraging flies who seek the sun.
Having a hay net is of course always of good use when you transport your horses. You can fill it and hang it outside the horse box transporter. If your horse is already familiar with the hay net you create thus a sort of home feeling for your horse.
And last but not least, when you use a hay net you will experience less hay waste.
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