Hay Chix® Brings Their Simple Feeding Solutions®
to the Minnesota Zoo’s True Wild Horses


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Mongolian Wild Horses Photo credit: Dr. Kate Jenks, Conservation Biologist, Minnesota ZooSt. Croix Falls, WI:
– Hay Chix® is pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with the Minnesota Zoo in their continued efforts to champion the True Wild Horse campaign, launched in 2014 by the Asian Wild Horse Species Survival Plan (SSP). The Minnesota Zoo’s Director of Animal Collections, Tony Fisher, manages this campaign, which focuses on raising awareness about conservation and care of the Asian wild horse, both in human care and in the wild.

According to the campaign’s website (www.truewildhorse.org), The Asian wild horse (Equus ferus przewalskii) is the last true wild horse on earth and has lived on the grassland steppes of Eurasia for millennia. Human activity during the 1960s drove the population to extinction in the wild but the proactive efforts of many zoos rescued several horses before complete extinction. The Minnesota Zoo and other organizations around the world have cooperated to breed zoo animals and reintroduce their offspring to native lands. Today nearly 500 Asian wild horses again roam the grasslands of China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan.

The work continues locally…

“Conservation and preservation are extremely important to us, so it seemed like a logical partnership to pursue,” said Kristine Anderson, Hay Chix® co-founder/owner. “Our company’s mission aligns perfectly with the Minnesota Zoo’s mission of connecting people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife, along with providing excellent care for all of their animals on-site.”

Co-founder/owner Erin Olson added, “Our patented slow feeding hay nets control hay waste and offer health benefits for animals. Plus, they keep animals mentally engaged and help create a foraging environment for the animals while in captivity.” Hay Chix® nets have been university proven to reduce hay waste from typically 57% to only 6%. 1

Hay Chix Co-Owners, Erin Olson (left) and Kristine Anderson (right) installing their feeding solution at the Minnesota Zoo. Photo credit: Minnesota ZooAfter consulting with zoo staff, Hay Chix® created a custom feeding solution for the Minnesota Zoo’s Asian wild horse population, Hay Chix® DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Heavy Duty netting combined with a standalone feeder. The Hay Chix® Original (1 3⁄4”) net opening size was selected for use. Hay Chix® Original level of nets are designed for slowing healthy animals down that eat too fast, waste too much hay and for redirecting unwanted behaviors brought on by boredom. The Hay Chix® installed the feeder at the Minnesota Zoo in late May.

Regarding the success of the feeder integration, director Tony Fisher commented, “We are very grateful for the Hay Chix® nets here at the zoo. The Hay Chix® have developed a simple and effective product that not only works great for feeding domestic horses, but also some of our exotic animals as well like takin, bison, camels, and Asian wild horses. Thank you to the Hay Chix®!”

Olson continued, “We are so thrilled to be a part of this larger effort to save the Asian wild horse population and hope this type of outreach opportunity can continue with other zoos around the country or even the world!”

About Hay Chix®
Hay Chix® is the leading US provider of slow-feed hay nets, specializing in optimal solutions for all equine and livestock feeding environments.

We combine leading materials technologies with creativity and intelligence to produce nets unlike any others on the market. From 1200---pound bales to square bales or even flakes, we create the WOW factor with every design to ensure that our customers get the most out of their feeding budget.

Erin Olson and Kris Anderson, Hay Chix®, co-owners, are animal advocates who have worked in commercial and private ventures. They have advised veterinarians, horse owners, and managers for nearly a decade, helping hundreds of equine enthusiasts become more holistic, productive and profitable. All nets are made in the U. S.A. and a portion of all profit goes to help horses in need.


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References
www.truewildhorse.org
1 Cleary, K., K. Martinson, J. Wilson, W. Lazarus, W. Thomas, and M. Hathaway. 2011. Round-Bale Feeder Design Affects Hay Waste and Economics During Horse Feeding. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 31, 292-293.