2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Effects of Round Bale Hay Net Size on Horse Hay Waste, Body Weight, and Aggressive Behaviors

Emiline R. Sundman*, Christa N. Reisinger, Jack D. Goodwin, and Madeline R. Smith
Dr. Jessica D. Colpoys, Faculty Mentor

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of hay nets with varying hole sizes on horse hay waste, body weight, and aggressive behaviors. We hypothesize that the net with the smallest hole diameter will result in the least hay waste and aggressive behaviors, and most stable body weights. Fifteen horses of similar age and gender were split into three pastures. Treatments of a ring feeder with no net and nets with hole sizes of 1.75”x1.75” and 3”x3” were administered using a 3x3 Latin Square experimental design over a four week period. Body weights and hay waste were measured weekly. Video was recorded from 8:00-11:00 am four days per week and will be analyzed for aggressive behaviors using continuous observations.


Keywords: Equine Science, Hay Nets, Behavior, Hay Consumption

Topic(s):Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 308-3
Location: MC 209
Time: 2:00

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