Feeding with Hay Nets
- May 20, 2020
- Lynn Kohr
We visited this subject a few years ago when feeding with hay nets was discovered to greatly save on wastage while monitoring hay consumption (with overweight, older and Crones susceptible horses in mind.) Since then, I had special hay feeders made that I alone, can quickly and easily load a round bale into safely. We still have virtually no hay loss or wastage and our horses (no more than 5 horses per feeder) get plenty to eat.
We supplement with the lick tubs in cold winter months to add more fat, flax and protein. In the summer months, we often pen our horses off the green grass and keep them just on these netted hay feeders during the day. Then, we turn out on grass at night.
With a few smaller pastures and for our college students, we had a smaller version of this hay feeder made. It allows for up to a bale and a half or 2 small squares to be fed with absolutely no hay wastage! This smaller version saved our college kids quite a bit in hay plus added convenience, allowing their horses to be on 24/7 hay, yet limited their horses’ intake to assimilate their natural grazing amounts while also eliminating wastage.
We love the results we get from using hay nets and there are several places that make them. How do you feed with hay nets?
About Lynn Kohr
I am a barrel and pole horse trainer, giving springtime barrel racing and pole bending clinics and workshops, competing in barrel racing and pole bending futurities while marketing our horses for sale. I am a Mom of 3: Sage, Cedar, and Stratton. And wife of...