EcoNets developed when doing research on Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance for my daughters 20 yr old mare, Precious. In a very short period of time in the fall she gained tons of weight, her coat color became much darker, she had fat pockets all over her body. She was ravenously hungry & grumpy...not at all like the usual sweet polite mare we knew & loved. From my research I learnt that she wasn't able to handle the high sugars in the fall grass & had lost the chewing sensors that told her when she was full or needed to eat more. Thus she constantly felt as though she was starving!! No wonder she was so hungry & miserable, but how to control her intake to get her to lose weight & yet satisfy her??
Originally I was putting multiple cheap, old fashioned nets over her hay feedings to make it harder to access, but she was destroying them in only hours or a few days. So I began ordering, making & testing various net types to seen how long they would last, before she would destroy them. Eventually, after many trials + errors, I found a netting that stood up to her vigorous ‘testing’, restricted her intake enough and that she enjoyed eating from. Slowly, I gave her unrestricted access to the full nets, this satisfied her chewing needs as she could nibble away continuously but was only getting small amounts and she wasn't destroying them. Because the hay was always available she began to relax, not being so anxious or aggressive & was also losing weight, even though she was still constantly nibbling away at the hay. The smaller the holes-the longer it took to eat the hay, significantly reducing the amount she consumed & her weight & attitude slowly returned to normal.
Along the way I had begun making round bale nets for the rest of the herd. Immediately the hay was lasting longer & there was virtually no waste. As one horse was nibbling from the net, any hay that fell to the ground was quickly cleaned up by another horse. These 2 things combined were making the hay last almost double what it was previously!!! And like Precious, the mare, the rest of the herd settled & relaxed. As some were eating, others were sunning or getting a drink. By the time they were ready to eat again, the horses at the bale were going for a drink, to sun or to play. There was this easy going rotation that had never happened before.
Friends were hearing & seeing the difference’s and wanting to use the nets for their horses, before long I was kept busy making nets for them. Through trial & error of my own research/testing and that of friends, the sizes of the hole openings that worked best for different horses were developed along with the netting itself. The Economical benefits of saving/extending hay, Ecological benefit of less manure/waste & Environmental benefit of almost no wasted hay, is how “Eco Nets” was named.
Eco Nets are available in fine Tack & Feed Stores across Canada & the US. We make nets in most of the common sizes used - from 1/2 a Flake up to 7′ x 7′ Round bale & in 5 different sizes of mesh! We work with customers to create nets for feeders they already have & line feeders with netting too. All products are developed & tested before added to the product line. With the popularity of Small Mesh or Slow Feed Nets, we are able to help Horses & their Owners from all over the world :))
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