Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This Year's Food Experiment - The Slow Feed Hay Net
Hay - and getting enough of it - is a major concern for any horse owner. We have three horses: Jesse, an easy-keeper; Washoe, a flow-thru (those that can eat everything and never seem to gain weight); and Ranger, a 'normal' I-will-quit-when-I-am-full horse. How to best feed these guys together and have them all at optimal weights? Last year I had thought I would need a grazing mask for Jesse, who could easily become insulin resistant. Thanks to good weather conditions last summer and enough ride time (read exercise), I did not have to. But the issue still resided in the back of my mind, so when I saw a new ad in a horse magazine from a company called Hay Chix, I decided to give it a try. They sell different types of hay nets to fit your normal sized bales of hay - everything from flakes to large round bales - for a reasonable price. After much thought, I ordered the size for 2-string bales up to 70 lbs.
Within a week, my new 'feeder' arrived in the mail. This is going to fit a whole bale? I ordered the heavy duty version, since Jesse is known for demolishing just about anything with her teeth. It has 1 3/4 in. webbing; about one half the size of normal hay nets.