As equestrians we are ALL on the hunt for any product that either saves money, or makes our lives easier.. We have FINALLY found both of those in the Hay Chix round bale net!
We have reviewed “other” nets in the past and know how big of a time and money saver that they can be! The Hay Chix net was VERY different from the other options that we have worked with. The “stopper” ( a rubber end connecting the two tie strings) was a game changer.
Hay Chix does suggest the following, and we agree 100%…
Nets may be used with shod horses, but must be used with a hay ring that is flush with the ground or hung high enough so the horse cannot paw at it. Nets may be used with blankets as long as the buckles are covered or there is a barrier between the netted bale and the blanket.
We facilitated this review with a Tarter Roundbale HORSE style feeder. (See photo below)
Now for the math, this net saved us a LOT of money over the brutal Ohio winter. Our horses are on 24/7 turnout, with a large run in barn. They are brought to their dedicated stalls in our new horse barn weather dependent.
One 4×4 roundbale lasted 3 days. (72-80 hours) Yes, you read that right.
Our hay supplier estimates there are roughly 22 squarebales in one of his 4×4 roundbales. These are the numbers we based our calculations from, and the values can very bale to bale. We also based these calculations on an average cost of $6 per bale for Timothy Orchard Grass Hay here in Ohio on an AVERAGE year.
WITH the net, our three horses are consuming 4.4 square bales per day, at $6 per bale, that is approximately $26.40 per day to feed 24/7 forage to our herd. With NO waste. None.
This net payed for ITSELF in the first 6-8 months, and I am positive we will get MANY more years of use!
This net is a game changer for anyone feeding multiple horses in any weather condition! The Hay Chix team has definitely made some innovative designs for ALL of us to enjoy!