Tips, Tricks & Care
- When first introducing the Eco Nets to your horses give them their regular loose hay and set/hang the loosely filled net nearby. This way they can approach the Eco Nets in a curious manner & figure out how to get the hay, and will not get frustrated. Do this for 3-5 days until they are eating from the net well, but don't continue much longer.
- Most horses need a 1.5" hole size net unless they need more restriction due to size or health concerns, start with a 1" hole size for Ponies/Mini's and very over weight or Foundered/Metabolic/Insulin Resistent. If you have a mixed herd generally go with what the majority need or the health concern 1st, as most horses can eat & do well from a 1" net on average hay, use cautioun if the hay is overly stocky/long.
- When giving ‘Restricted or free access’ it is better to transition them onto the nets. Give their normal ration in the nets while gradually, for about a week, increasing the amount of hay before giving ‘Free access’. This gives their digestive system a chance to adapt and they won’t be so prone to constantly stand at the bale. Some horses will actually use more hay and even gain some weight in the first month but once they realize that it’s always there (like being out on grass) they relax and eat less, returning to a normal weight. If they don't slow down you probably have to big of a hole size net for them.
- Horses on ‘Restricted Free Access’ hay are calmer, more patient, happy and easier to train. No more upset tummies, acid reflux, cribbing, ulcers, colic or respiratory issues.
Care of Nets:
- The life of your net will vary depending on the type of hay used and the maintenance and care given to your net. Grass hay is easier for horses to pull through the net were as alfalfa hay stocks can be harder for horses to grab. This can teach horses to be more aggressive and can lead to pawing and chewing to get the alfalfa leaves and stems. If a hole is found please repair as soon as possible to stop horses from enlarging the hole.
- As horse owners we know that all horses are different and have their own personalities and tendencies… some may learner quicker than others on how to eat through the net; some may be more content to simply eat off the net and others may want to paw at the net more; and some may need to be moved down onto a 1″ net mesh to further slow their hay consumption while others can stay on 1 1/2″ net mesh for their whole life. It is up to you, the horse owner, to be aware of how your own individual horses are using the nets and decide if any changes are necessary. If you have any questions or comments about your horse(s) using the nets, please send us an email through our contact form and we would be happy to help you!
When not using your net: store out of direct sunlight, in a dry location, and away from rodents.
( Stored in rodent proof tubs is best, make sure there’s no damp hay in the net b4 storing)
- Remember, if your horse's wear SHOES the nets MUST be hung at chest height or higher/secured into feeders so they cannot paw or remove. Otherwise they will get caught in the netting and hung up!
- When hanging your net remember to hang in a safe place were it can not get snagged and ripped. Hang from the D’s or from the web seam.
- WARRANTY: we warranty the craftsmanship of our nets, as in the the seams that we sew, but we Do Not warranty chew thru’s or tears in the netting. Horses are livestock and very strong animals, we can not know which horses will not like the nets and which will. Chew Thru’s will Not be warrantied, replaced or repaired. Follow our "Starting Out" instructions for best introduction and acclimation to the system.