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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 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

Winter Swings

Here in Eastern Ontario, we’ve been experiencing crazy weather with extreme temperature swings. Maintaining a consistent feeding program is important to help our horses stay consistent in their gut health. Add some extra hay to their nets in the coldest weather. This will help keep them warm as they digest their hay, but remember to back off a bit when the weather swings to the warm side again.

Continue Shopping

We’ve been having a bit of trouble with paypal and the continue shopping button. To add items to your order, just go back to the website tab, click on the items you want, and it will add those items to your order, no problem! We’re working on correcting the problem!! Or, feel free to call me directly to place your order 613-868-8268. Thank You!!


There is a big change in the weather in the Ottawa Valley. We set a record low temperature on Sept. 1. Still wildfires burning out of control in many of our provinces. Even with all the different weather patterns, we all know what’s coming next.
Horses that have been on pasture are now switching back to haynets. Now is a great time to wash your nets, to help promote longevity. To clean your nets, no special soaps are necessary. HaySmart haynets are tough and durable. Just rinse well.