All posts by Haysmart slow feeding haynets for horses

HaySmart was created after our owner, JoAnne Judd, realized that there was a better way to care for her horses. She studied the literature on slow feeding, spoke with veterinarians and Olympians, then created her unique and safe hay net. When local interest increased, she started HaySmart, an eco-friendly Canadian company that has the superior health of your animal in mind. This product is amazing, as it works equally well for horses that need to eat a lot as it does for the easy-keeper.

Spring 2021

Challenging times for all. It’s been a difficult year, but with our horses to keep us focused, I believe they are helping us weather the pandemic. With more time to research haynets, and what makes them different, I’ve been able to talk to more people about what makes HaySmart haynets different. I’m always happy to chat about all the different situations and needs. The lush spring grass can pose challenges but a slow introduction while still feeding with a HaySmart haynet keeps everyone content. Or, for those that can’t go out on grass, haynets do a great job of mimicking grazing.

Covid 19

It’s a very challenging time all around the world right now. Our barns and horses are the sane refuge for us right now. There are many stresses on us at this time, but we are strong in our bonds with our horse owner friends and animals.
I care about how this is affecting all of us.
Normally, I would be getting prepared to go to the Can Am Equine in Markham the first weekend in April, but it has been cancelled. I will miss seeing my friends at this event.
I do have stock available for shipping and nutritional supplements as well. I remain available to chat and answer questions. 613-868-8268
Stay safe, everyone!

January 25/ 2020

This winter has been a challenge, coast to coast. The only thing I know is predictable, is that we are all heading to the barns, multiple times daily, to ensure our horses are managing well. These temperature extremes and rapid changes are really hard on the horses. Ensuring they drink well and have enough food in their bellies, for metabolic warmth is high priority. Icy footing is just another challenge.
The good news is, spring is getting closer daily, and the days are getting longer. Something we all look forward to.
I’m always happy to chat!!

Out of Office

I will be away from the office from Jan 10 to the 18th inclusive. I will check my email daily and ship orders on my return.
Winter has been really changeable this year in eastern Ontario. Time to make sure we monitor the water intake with our horses. I had to soak hay for my mare to get her better hydrated. The haynets are just perfect to fill and soak. I use hot water and soak for enough time to get good water absorption. I’m also careful to be sure that she can clean it all up before it gets frozen or too cold. Drain well and hang!


Well, now we’re heading into winter and the horses are coming in off pasture. The grasses have high sugar content right now, as they harden off for the winter. It’s very common to have laminitis flare ups right now.

I am now testing a new product in my nutritional support products. I always use new products for my girls, before suggesting them for my clients. It is called ComfortQuik and is made from HEMP -CBJ complex. My 22 year old mare is so much more comfortable now! She was just looking dull and uncomfortable. She now is off pain control medication! I can honestly say that she’s much more enthusiastic about eating and gallops off into the field with the pony. This product is the only racing and showing approved horse joint product with Hemp and multiple herbs, vitamins and minerals.


Spring is finally becoming evident across the country. It’s been a long time coming in Eastern Ontario, with a lot of clients experiencing flooding.
Spring brings the challenge of fresh green pastures and laminitis. Management is so important. A slow introduction to the lush grasses is so very important. If there any questions regarding pasture introduction, please feel free to contact me.

Late Fall Feeding

At this time of year we have to be concerned about high sugar levels in grass. If the horses are still on pasture, the sugars are elevated as the grasses prepare to harden off for the winter. Another big concern is frozen grass colic. Many years ago, I had a horse colic from eating frozen grass. The grass becomes limp and just sits in the stomach, then colic. Please be aware of this very real possibility!!.
I now offer 2 inch netting and am trying to build inventory. Please get in touch with me directly regarding your needs.
Also, please take a look at the HaySmart Facebook page. I often post interesting articles there.

Labour Day Weekend

That time of year when we start to think about those horses that have been on pasture for the summer, and the gradual introduction of hay. As the moisture content in their diet will be significantly reduced, observation of water intake is important. Definitely a time to watch for impaction colic.

I also, just wanted to note that I’m now carrying 2 inch haynet. As I build stock, I will add it to the order page. Please call if there is something you would like. Remember I do custom orders in all size nets as well.


Hopefully everyone is getting their hay in and it’s good quality. It’s been a perfect haying season in Eastern Ontario, but it’s so dry that it’s going to be tough for the rest of the crops. Some people test their hay, if they are concerned about weight issues and sugar content in their hay. It’s a great guideline for feed management. It’s difficult to find testing facilities, but generally, your local feed store can give some recommendations.

If you find that your horses aren’t consuming enough water, you can definitely soak your hay in your HaySmart haynet. It’s also a great way to reduce sugars in the hay!! Drain well and make sure that they clean it up promptly. Wet hay shouldn’t be left sitting in the haynet for hours.

If you have any questions please get in touch!!

June 2018

All across the country we have been experiencing a variety of weather issues. I see hay harvesting out west and out east, wet and cold. We all face challenges in feeding. Sugar content in hay, laminitis, founder. The science of when to feed, how much to feed and managing pastures. Every horse has to be assessed regarding their metabolism, quantity and quality of hay. In an ideal world, we would all love to just open the gates and let the horses graze at leisure all summer. This is simply impossible for many horses or ponies. I’m happy to discuss ways to help.
I will be at Wesley Clover Park in Ottawa this coming Sunday, June 10. Feel free to stop by or call 613-868-8268