We saw this comment from someone online in a forum, so thought we’d offer some tips.

When introducing a slow feed hay net, its imperative the net is introduced correctly. Horses that are hungry may become frustrated and quit trying to get the hay from the net. You will need to provide loose hay (or feed some hay in the usual way you used to) while introducing the slow feed hay net to your horse. By doing this it gives your horse time to explore the net and work out how to graze from it, while they have some hay in their belly. If you find your horse is still having trouble you may need to go to a larger hole size for a while. Just Grazin Custom Nets® have the traditional slow feeding 4x4cm size netting, along with the larger 6x6cm netting and also the smaller 3x3cm, so there are many options to choose from.

Feedback we received from one customer who purchased a 4cm net – at first her horse got frustrated and would always put a hole in the net, she fixed it, but he’d do it again, basically making his own 6cm net. So she tried him with a 6cm net, the frustration stopped and he stopped putting a hole in the net. After several months using the 6cm net she tried the 4cm again and this time he accepted it, without frustration and without trying to wreck the net.

3x3cm Netting…..

Is your horse a pro at using a slow feeder and you find the traditional 4cm netting is just not quite small enough? Do you have laminitic ponies or own mini’s or do you feed out top quality leafy hay?

3cm x 3cm netting is recommended for those animals who are experienced with using slow feed hay nets or for use with mini’s, goats, sheep etc. They are best used with high quality leafy hay, the type of hay that your horse/animals usually eat FAST. Some horses may be frustrated by this size, especially if they arent conditioned to using a slow feed hay net, others are happy to graze from the net straight away. Our 3cm netting range is available in 48ply netting.

4x4cm Netting…..

Are you looking for a hay net to slow down consumption of hay? Do you feed good quality hay and want to reduce the waste?

4cm x 4cm netting is the traditional size netting and most common used for slow feeding hay. 4cm is our most popular size netting and is a good general purpose netting size suitable for the majority of hay types. 4cm netting will reduce hay waste as well as slow consumption. All of our 4cm netting is a robust 60ply netting.

6x6cm Netting…..

Sick and tired of your hay being spread around and wasted? 6cm x 6cm netting is ideal for those who mainly want to stop their horses wasting so much hay. 6cm netting does slow consumption to a degree, but not as much as 3cm or 4cm netting. Suited to all types of hay including hay of lower quality & cereal hays. 6cm netting is also a great choice for old or retired horses who you dont want to restrict their forage intake but want to save $ on waste.

NOTE: Prior to use, be sure your horses hooves are larger than the size of the netting. 6cm netting is not recommended for foals or mini’s due to their small feet. If using with small footed animals, you must ensure their feet cannot access the net as there is a chance they may become tangled. Please read our FAQ’s for ideas on using slow feed hay nets with shod/small footed animals.