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It is recommended to use the largest diameter, i.e. Ø 5mm for greater strength and optimized service life. If you want the net to be less resistant, you must choose a smaller wire diameter (Ø 3mm or 4mm).
It depends on the priorities you want to give: flow rate, resistance...
Plan for mesh sizes to be smaller than the size of horses' and foals' feet.
To calculate the inner mesh size, subtract the diameter of the wire. Example: for the Ø 5mm mesh 45x45, subtract 10mm, the size of the inner mesh is 35mm.
small mesh 30x30* or 40x40* or 45x45*: you promote a slower ingestion (good chewing and progressive digestion) and a greater hay economy (Slow Feeding)
60x60* medium mesh: allows the horse to slow down its consumption, to feed more easily by limiting waste without necessarily switching to Slow Feeding.
large 100x100* meshes: allows the horse to slow down its consumption, to feed more easily by limiting waste without necessarily switching to Slow Feeding.
*External mesh size.
The hay net can be weakened or dangerous in some cases:
*** by sharp teeth:
- if the horse is very young
- if the horse is upset by the hay's resistance, he tries to pull hard on the net and the shear ***
*** if the horse (shod or non-shod) has one foot in the net: the net may cling to the horse's shoe and will resist. The horse pulls to free itself, even if it means tearing off its shoe or seriously injuring itself. ***
*** if the horse is shod, it is advisable not to put the net on the ground. It is better to hang it up high, place the round bale on pallets or put it in a rack.
The provision of nets in the distribution of hay remains the sole responsibility of the users, who will not be able to turn against Corderie Mansas for any reason whatsoever.
The above advice is of a general nature, in use under optimal conditions, based on tests in several farms.
Under no circumstances do they guarantee the longevity and precise strength of the net, nor even the absence of potential injuries to the animal.
It should be remembered that it is strictly impossible to control the placement of the net by the user or the horse's reaction to it.
We are in the ecological era where the directive is to offer equidae a way of life that is as close to nature as possible, while avoiding as much as possible the waste of resources.
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It came to improve the lives of the horses in boarding school. It is a concept invented by Jaime Jackson in order to create plots in which the horse evolves as close as possible to nature, close to its physiological needs. It aims to improve the physical and mental health of the horse.
The "Slow Feeding" concept allows the horse to eat continuously and more slowly according to its natural digestive capacities. He no longer overloads his stomach.
"Slow feeding" allows a better chewing strand by strand and reduces the risk of excess or choking, a common equine pathology: gastric ulcer.
When the horse is deprived of food for more than 4 consecutive hours (day or night), the secretion of gastric acids fills the stomach at a higher level than the glands that protect the stomach wall. Continuous feeding keeps gastric acid constant and makes it less harmful.