Current Favourite Small-Holed Haynets?

VioletStripe

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As title. I feel like I'm totally out of touch with the horse gadget market atm - I so rarely shop around and I'm in a bit of a rut it seems!

What are everyone's favourite trickle-feeder nets? I got an Elim A Net last September and I have to say I'm not overly impressed. They're -
a) Not very hard-wearing
and
b) Not all that effective at slowing down - tbh I feel like just double-netting would do a better job!

Which hard-wearing trickle hay nets do you use for your fatties? My Connemara seems to have an ability to basically suck the hay out of the holes in a single gulp...
 

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I bought a couple of great haynets from the Martsnets website. I found them to be really robust and lasted a lot longer than any of the other slow feeder nets I tried.

I think the Martsnets nets are made by a specialist fishing net maker.
 

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I found the Elim A Net got holes really quickly too. I also had problems with the Shires haylage nets getting holes.

I have some Martsnet and they have lasted really well, a few years old now and no holes. Only thing I'd say is go up a size, I got one that was supposed to hold 7kg and I was lucky if I got 5kg in it. When I queried they said it would drop a bit over time but it never did.
 

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I use Martsnets too. The inky holes I’ve had is where the mice chewed them when they were stored. Mine are many years old and I have teeny 25mm holed ones, floor feeder nets and 35mm nets. I’ve also got a massive one that’s meant for a small bale. I too find they come up a bit small unless you really pack them full and then it’s really hard for them to get the hay out.
 

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They don't make them anymore but I liked the haywell ones. Going to try the nibbles nets they look like the continental ones with the softer durable mesh.
 

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I like the Nibbleze ones as they’re nice & soft, easy to fill, easy to tie, can be used for floor feeding if barefoot & seem to slow them down without being so frustrating they give up. Also got a few trickle nets. I find the actual nets are tough but the strings on them are awful & a nightmare to tie up without leaving a muzzle sized hole at the top & negating the point of them!
 

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I like the Shires, very reasonable price, choice of size and I have some that must be at least ten years old. I bought one of the expensive hand tied ones, yes they are very robust, but pony had chewed a muzzle sized hole in it within a month. I must have about twenty of the Shires and only one has a chew hole.
 

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This has been my latest equine research and purchase - I've not long discovered soft mesh and was after Shires 1inch nets but everywhere I looked was sold out - then found and ordered a Nibbleze net and my cob seems happy with it - he had a Shires small holed net of the non-soft-mesh variety before (which were good buys - no chewed holes after a few years of use, but not daily use, they're used more in winter when stabled more) so was used to the small holes already but seems less cross with this one! Only had it a week but it seems very well made and robust.
 

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I have tried dozens but like the Martsnets. Do go up a size, I was feeding 2kg a net and ordered this size, it can 'fit' that amount of hay in, but only if you don't shut the top tight, which kind of negates why you buy it!

If you buy the heavy duty ones, make sure you also weigh the net empty. They weigh enough to seriously impact the diet of the horse if you weigh full nets!
 

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As title. I feel like I'm totally out of touch with the horse gadget market atm - I so rarely shop around and I'm in a bit of a rut it seems!

What are everyone's favourite trickle-feeder nets? I got an Elim A Net last September and I have to say I'm not overly impressed. They're -
a) Not very hard-wearing
and
b) Not all that effective at slowing down - tbh I feel like just double-netting would do a better job!

Which hard-wearing trickle hay nets do you use for your fatties? My Connemara seems to have an ability to basically suck the hay out of the holes in a single gulp...
shires, one. Brought a cheap make on ebay and it was useless, haynet stretched to 6ft+ for a small 3ft one

shires do get holes but I use bailing twine or small cable ties to bridge the gap
 

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I use Shires greedy feeders but I ordered two little piggy haynets and they arrived yesterday. Will let you know how we get on. I hate using tiny hole haynets but the girls are such good doers and I need to slow them down considerably.
 
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