About Us

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 the unique hay nets you see for sale on our site.  Our nets are eco-friendly with no dye, have a reduced Carbon footprint as all items are Canadian made and help to reduce waste.  The company now has contributions from three generations of family and employs local artisans.

How HaySmart Helps

The hay nets and supplements can make your horse healthier in the following ways:

  • Horses eat more slowly and it takes them longer to finish their food (similar to natural grazing) which aids digestion, alleviates boredom, and reduces problem behaviours.
  • Respiratory issues are reduced as the horse’s nose isn’t in the middle of loose, dusty hay. Hay can also be readily soaked when in a hay bag.
  • Using HaySmart products reduces the risk of infection and parasites by keeping hay off the ground, whether you are at home or visiting a new location.
  • There are no metal parts that could break your horse’s teeth or stick to a lip or tongue in cold weather.

Why We’re Better

HaySmart makes your life better through science and innovation. Here are just a few ways HaySmart is a cut above the rest:

  • Our nets are a UV resistant, knotless nylon and come in 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ hole/mesh diameter sizes. 
  • We use a unique handcrafted, seaming system that prevents fraying and enhances usability.
  • With Slow Feeding principles, the horse has access to hay all the time and is able to eat in a natural grazing posture. The horse will no longer inhale his food quickly. Instead, he can now eat at a leisurely pace. This enhances digestive health.
  • Our nets are dye free so that your horse is not ingesting dyes with their food, particularly if you soak your hay. This also helps to avoid introducing chemicals into their environment as well as ours.
  • Because our product has no dye, you can tell when your hay net needs to be cleaned. This simple indicator system reduces your horses’ exposure to undesirable micro-organisms.

Contact Us

If you have questions, comments or would like a custom order.  Please contact JoAnne at 613-868-8268 or Judd@haysmart.ca.  We are located outside of Almonte, Ontario.