The first slow feeding net that I designed back in 2007 was an envelope-shaped net like this. There are now look-a-like copies of this net (F125) produced all over the world. There are naturally more to a good slow feeding net that just the looks and most of the copies of very poor quality.
Flat nets are designed to be permanently hung on a wall or a fence and that is questionable since horses are not designed to eat from vertical surfaces. His upper lip sticks out compared to his teeth which makes him rub both lip and gum quite hard against the net when trying to catch the hay that is sticking out through the net. Even worse is when the manufacturer of the net has chosen the cheapest of all solutions and has been using a knotted and or harsh net quality. If you choose a flat net it is important that it is smooth and soft, like polyester and Nylon. I’m sorry to say but quite some of the low-price distributors are either ignorant or lying about the material quality in the products. You can always rub it on your self where you have sensitive skin to judge if it is soft enough for your horse’s lips and gum. I use polyester in all nets since it is soft and withstands both abortion and UV-light better than Nylon.
All my flat nets come with 2 security hanging ropes that break at a load of 140kg = 350 lbs to make sure no horse gets hanging in the net. The ropes can be used to tying or you can tie it to a carabiner or make a loop on it and hook it to a permanently mounted carabiner on the wall.
My flat nets are also equipped with string loops for closing the net. The loops make it easy to both close and open the net even with frozen fingers. The loops can be used as in the picture below or cut (and burned) to get one long tieing string or two strings of equal or different lengths.
I make Flat Nets of 5 different sizes (actually 6 because I make an F80 for one of my distributors) and 3 different mesh sizes. If you want to read more about mesh sizes click here. Each net size comes in 10 different mesh size combinations on the 2, 3, or 4 layers of net panels.
- 2-layer nets can have the same or different mesh sizes on both panels.
- 3-layer nets have one layer in mesh size A, one layer in mesh size B, and one layer in mesh size C. If you want to read more about “magic” Flat 3 layer nets click here.
- 4-layer nets can have many different mesh size combinations and you can fill hay only in the middle compartment and use it as a doubled net or put hay in any or all of the three compartments. If you want to read more about 4-layer nets click here.