Quick Tip: How to Hang Hay Nets Quickly and Safely

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By Kim Roe

Hay nets, both the traditional and the small hole variety, are useful tools found in most horse barns. Small-hole nets slow down eating for horses who bolt their feed, which can cause gas and/or impaction colics. These nets also help with weight management by making horses work more for their food, and they aid in the prevention of ulcers by keeping food in front of horses for longer periods of time. Hay nets also prevent hay waste by keeping hay from becoming spoiled by bedding, manure, or urine.  

But hanging hay nets can be a chore. Untying tight knots can be frustrating, time consuming, and difficult to do with gloves on. Hay nets are also notorious for catching hooves which can cause serious injury.  

For ease in hanging and removing your hay nets install a sturdy eye bolt into your horse’s stall wall. Then tie a piece of baling twine through the eye bolt and clip a large non-locking carabiner clip into the baling twine.  When you hang your net, pull the net’s string together like a purse string and clip it into the carabiner clip (see photo).  If your horse gets hung up the baling twine will break.  No more knots! An additional benefit to using the baling twine is you can allow your nets to be tied lower which aids in breathing and a better alignment of neck and spine. If your horse catches a hoof, the twine will break. I usually tie my horses’ nets between shoulder and knee height. 

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