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CG Haynets from Heunetz
|http://www.heunetz.de/) is 3m wide and 1m high. Mesh size is between 6cm and 7cm as Heunetz did research to show that this is the optimum mesh size. The net contains approximately 30kg of hay. As you can see we saw a problem straight away. Olga, rather than eat through the mesh preferred to stick her head through the top, so she could still get huge mouthfuls of hay.|
Here is a picture to show how Olga managed to poke her head in the top of the net and eat as much hay as she liked in one go, despite the mesh. The problem is that the top of the net is not closed effectively.
|As you can see, it works, Olga now has to eat via the mesh so the slow hay feeder is working properly.|
Here is a picture of the CG Haynet L on the left (1.5m x 1m) and the CG Haynet
XXL on the right. We need to have both because Flicker (horse in the middle of the
picture) is lowest in the hierarchy and is often not allowed to eat with our other two
horses. She doesn't seem very impressed with the slow feeder idea so far :), she'll
have to get used to it!
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|tangledmanes||I love this page!||3||Feb 24 2009, 5:04 PM EST by Anonymous|
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Great pictures and wonderful descriptions! Thanks so much for adding this! I hope it works well for you for a long time.
I had wondered if the horses would want to just eat from the top like Olga did. I like your solution to weave it closed. So does Olga, even if she won't admit it! It's making her think. :-)
|tangledmanes||optimum mesh size according to Heunetz||0||Feb 12 2009, 10:23 PM EST by tangledmanes|
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You mentioned that Heunetz did research to show that the optimum mesh size for their large nets is between 6 cm and 7 cm. Do you happen to know whether that is intended to cause horses to eat more slowly, or just to reduce waste while letting the horses eat at their usual rate? Even if that's the case, the hay would last longer because any hay normally wasted would stay in the net instead of getting tossed onto the ground. I saw this on their site, but I don't speak German, "Fazit der untersuchenden Therapeutengruppe: Knotenlose 5mm starke PPM-Qualität mit 6 cm Maschenweite haben sich hierbei im Dauereinsatz als pysiologisch optimal herausgestellt." Is this where they talk about comparative mesh size? It looks to me like they're right about it being the right size for hay consumption at normal speed (once they're used to it). I'm looking forward to hearing whether it actually reduces her rate of hay consumption over the long term.
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