The following comment was posted in an online forum, so I thought we’d offer some tips on using slow feed hay nets. “I once tried a slow feed hay net, but my horse starved”.
It’s important when introducing slow feed hay nets to your horse, that it is done correctly. You will need to provide loose hay while your horse gets used to the net. This gives your horse time to explore the net and work out how to graze from it. Hungry horses may become frustrated when learning and quit trying to get the hay from the nets.
If after some time you find your horse is still having trouble using the slow feed hay nets, you may need to go to a larger hole size. Just Grazin Custom Nets® have the traditional slow feeding 4 x 4 cm size netting, along with the larger 6 x 6 cm netting. We also offer the smaller 3 x 3 cm. 3 cm is suitable for mini’s, ponies and horses who are experts at grazin’ from the slow feed hay nets.
Feedback we received from a 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. The horse was basically making his own 6cm net. She tried him with a 6cm net, the frustration stopped and so did the holes. After several months using the 6cm net she tried him with the 4cm again. He accepted it this time, without frustration and without trying to wreck the net.