All our nets are available in three different mesh sizes:
- A = 3cm = 1+3/16″ for soft hay and a little longer extension of the eating time.
- B = 3½cm = 1+3/8″ is standard for all kinds of hay and all horses.
- C = 4cm = 1+5/8″ for coarse hay and when reduced wast is more important than extended eating times.
Flat nets are recommended when the net is permanently mounted on a wall or fence and you bring the hay to the net.
All our 6 sizes of flat nets are produced in different combinations of mesh sizes:
“Classic”, one compartment for hay and the same mesh size on both sides for flat nets and the same mesh size all over for large bale nets.
One compartment for hay but different mesh sizes on both sides makes it possible for you to adopt the feeding to changing circumstances. Needs to be hung flat on a wall or the horse would only eat from the easy side.
- 2+, A and B mesh. Most common. Works great for soft and regular hay.
- 2++, B and C mesh. Recommended for coarse hay.
- 2+++, A and C mesh. Recommended when hay quality changes between shipments.
3+. 3 layers of nets with different mesh sizes gives two separate compartments for feed. By turning the 3+ inside out in one of two ways you can create 15 different solutions (h stands for hay):
AhBhC, BhChA, ChBhA, AhChB, BhAhC, ChAhB, ABhC BChA, CAhB, BAhC, CBhA, AChB, AhBC, BhCA, ChAB,
Since there are two compartments for hay you are also free to decide how much, and of what kind, you put in each compartment. The front compartment will be eaten through one layer of net and the rear compartment will be eaten through two layers of netting (like main course and dessert). This makes it necessary to hang these nets flat on the wall or the horse would eat the dessert before the main course.
The 4+series is designed to be accessible from both sides simultaneously (i.e. either hanging between two sturdy pols or being closed with a “zipper string” and put in an open container. There are four layers of net creating three compartments for hay or one compartment for hay where everything is eaten through two layers of netting. If you fill all three compartments with hay what is in the outer two will be eaten through one layer of net and what is in the middle compartment will be eaten through two layers of net. The two middle layers of nets are of a larger mesh size compared to the outer layers but that can be changed by turning the net inside out.
The different 4+models have the mesh sizes in the following order (before you start turning the net inside out):
- 4+, A-B-B-A.
- 4++, B-C-C-B.
- 4+++, A-C-C-A.
- 4 special, A-A-A-A
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SlowFeeding Hay Sacks are recommended when you bring the net to the hay for filling. This way they are much easier to fill compared to flat nets.
The hay sacks are named after approximate weight capacity (kg/lbs), from left to right: (The actual capacity depends on how much time you use to stuff them and the humidity of the hay).
HS 5/11, HS 10/22, HS 15/33, HS 25/55, HS 40/100.
They come with a drawstring for easy closing.
Available in mesh size A, B, C.
Round bale nets:
Beware of so-called round bale nets that are just flat nets. They are terrible to work with. Round bale nets should fit either the bale or the feeder in which it is made available.
There are 2 principles when it comes to netting round bales:
1. Putting the net on from the top down, like a cover. This looks easy but it is not. Well putting the net on is easy but stopping the horses from sticking their heads in under the net is not. Using a round bale net like this is not what I recommend if it can not be very well attached to a feeder.
2. High Round Bale Nets standing on the bottom, with the opening facing up is a far better solution since you can close the net bag completely leaving no opening for the horses to stick their heads into.
The solution in the picture can only be used when there are no shoed horses in the herd. Shoed hooves must always be kept away from hay nets. Please note that the bale is not hanging in the net but standing on a foundation. Tie the opening to something that keeps it at the height where it is when the bale is new and leave it there. There is no reason to re-stretch the net.
Large square bales:
It is usually possible to put a large square bale in a high round bale net but letting us make a custom Square bale net like below is usually a better solution.
The above nets are made to fit the frames that fit the feeder. The nets in the picture lasted 4 years (2013-2017) before being replaced with new nets of the same design.