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.

Summer Feeding

Summer brings another challenge. Some horses and ponies can’t be allowed on grass, so we are still feeding with haynets. I suggest hanging nets in multiple places to keep the horses moving. Personally, I find that my mare doesn’t drink enough in the summer, so I soak her hay. Just another way to get moisture into her. I never leave that wet hay hanging for very long. I sure don’t want it to start fermenting! Your HaySmart haynet is no problem for soaking. It will not damage your net.

Can Am Markham Fairgrounds

HaySmart will be at the Can Am this weekend, March 31, April 1 and 2. It’s held at the Markham Fairgrounds just outside of Stouffville, east of Toronto. It’s 3 fun days, with lots of vendors, free lectures and demonstrations! We are just inside building number 2, in the same location as previous years! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Upcoming Events

It’s an exciting spring ahead! HaySmart will be returning to the Can Am in Markham, Ontario from March 31, April 1 and April 2. This will be our 4th year!! Look for us at the same location in Building 2, just inside the door! Looking forward to hearing all the great reports from happy clients and seeing old friends!

Then HaySmart will be heading to the Mane Event in London, Ontario at the Western Fairgrounds on May 12, 13 and 14. This is the first year for the Mane Event to come to this location and I wanted to be there!

If there is anything in particular that anyone would like me to bring to either of these shows, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.

Extreme Cold

So we have the first extreme cold weather of the winter here in the Ottawa Valley.  A great time to keep your horses and ponies warm by having access to hay over a longer period of time by having them munch away out of a haynet.  Some horses don’t drink enough at this time of year and impaction colic becomes a real concern.  A heated bucket or water trough is a must. Soaking hay in the  haynet is only possible if the hay doesn’t freeze.  My barn is not warm enough to allow soaking the hay at this time of year.  An increase in the amount of hay in the haynet will help keep your horse warm as their bodies work to digest their hay.

Winter Arrives!!

Well, that was a quick change!  Goodbye pasture!  Haynets provide a great way to extend feeding times, keeping the gut happy.  The horses will still eat the same amount, just over a longer period of time.  Similar to grazing.  It also saves on waste, therefore money!  My older mare never drinks enough at this time of year, so I soak her hay in warm water and then hang it overnight in a warm stall so it doesn’t freeze.

Fall Feeding

As we head into fall, horses that have been on pasture all year are starting to switch over to hay.  There has been so much drought in Ontario and our eastern provinces, that we are all going to be watching how much waste we have.  Using a slow feeding haynet minimizes waste and keeps the horses munching happily.  I have had clients tell me that large bales, not in a net, can be destroyed in 2 days with an incredible amount of waste.  That same farmer told me that in a net, he can go 4, 5 or 6 days without having to replace the bale.  The nets soon pay for themselves!!  HaySmart nets are UV resistant!!  I have used mine for over 3 years and no holes!

Great testimonial!!

Kristina Weber wrote:

Love your nets!   We have 8 of them, used outside, all day/night throughout late fall/winter/early spring (refilled 2x a day, obviously) and not a single hole in them.  We’ve had some of them for 3 years now.  No hay waste and it keeps them munching all day and night long.  Also very helpful in keeping the weight down for our two EMS horses, while still allowing them to eat continuously.  No issues keeping weight on our two OTTB’s either.  I like that they work for both our easy keepers and our Thoroughbreds!  We tie them low in various places around the paddock and it keeps them moving from one to the next, instead of standing all day with their head stuffed in a round bale 🙂