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Hose Rim SMHN
This is the what I did to modify the small mesh hay net. I weaved an ordinary garden hose thru the top, cut to a size I liked in a circle and then zip tied to the hay net. I added rings to the hose before I zip tied for hanging. They are very easy to load hay with the garden hose opening and have held up well so far. I have been using them for about 2 months and have had no accidents or problems. I live in the Pacific NW where there is a great deal of rain and wind so my hay needs to stay off the ground even under the matted shelter. My horses are shoed so I hang them high. My 4 horses used to finish their 2x daily hay ration in about 1 hour, scarfing it down quickly and arguing over who got it. Now the hay lasts 4-6 hours and I have hardly any fighting over hay. The older horse gets just as much as the aggressive eater who used to get most of it.
---Karla Watson/Portland, Oregon
September 16, 2010
September 16, 2010
Close up shot of the zip ties, rings and clips.
Last shot, another view. You could use whatever you want to tie onto the net. I find zip ties easy, hold up very well to horses but ultimately will break if a horse is caught up in them.
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Looks like a fantastic idea to cut down on loading time! http://paddockparadise.wetpaint.com/page/Hose+Rim+SMHN
The drawback, of course, is that it has to be hung high instead of low. But that would also make it suitable for shod horses. I'll bet that the hose idea would probably work with hockey netting or other material which could extend down lower than the Miller's net shown in EndurancePasoGirl's picture.
Thanks for sharing that!
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