Updated: Dec 29, 2022
I often get asked why I have hay bags hanging in my barn.
One is that it does help keep the horses quieter and happier and gives them a better experience in the barn.
Two is that it helps prevent ulcers. The longer your horse is tied with no food and they are stressed, the greater chance you have of causing an ulcer.
Three is that by having a hay bag, I can tell if a horse is having low lying stress. Sometimes I’ll have a horse come in that stands quietly but doesn’t eat the hay. That tells me the horse is stressed and is trying to shut down. So my hay bags are stress-o-meters.
Tying with a hay bag isn’t a bad thing as long as the hay bag is tied safely and properly and doesn’t have huge holes in it.
Tying with a hay bag has nothing to do with tying. Your horse should be able to tie without one and all the horses in this picture can be tied without one but what a hay bag does is help with mental and emotional well-being and that to me is absolutely worth the extra time that it takes to fill a hay bag.