The History and Story behind the HayMate

Richard Cansdale, the HayMate's inventor, keeps native ponies, on a small farm in Northumberland. Richard is a highly respected Water Consultant who has been inventing and installing pumps and filters in rural villages throughout the world, for over 30years. It was while working on African water projects developing appropriate reliable handpumps, that he first became an inventor.

"When you are in a small remote village and encounter a problem, you cannot nip down to the shops 100 miles away for a replacement. You have to come up with a solution there and then using materials available. You develop lateral thinking. When it works well it gives you a buzz and inventing gets into your blood. I get great satisfaction from devising solutions to common problems."

When Richard and his wife, Sue, realized they were wasting a lot of time on the tedious chore of filling haynets, Richard turned his inventive mind to solving this problem for the family. He came up with the ingenious "twist and drop" mechanism, which really makes the HayMate the very best haynet filling device available. Richard and Sue also discovered that not only did the HayMate save time and effort, it was much more comfortable to use and, with the HayMate, haynet filling actually became a pleasure. Fascinated friends queued up to use it. The Blacksmith pronounced it "Bloody brilliant!" and persuaded Richard to market it.

"The HayMate has been extremely well received by the equine and farming community, and we have some fantastic feedback from many happy customers who say that now, they wouldn't live without their HayMates. We always go to our customers for their opinions and guidance in regards to affordability, design, usability, manoeuvrability and more. This is how the range has been developed."

Filling haynets, which was once a total faff and a bore, is actually so much fun with the HayMate, it’s almost worth taking up riding and buying a horse!(Yes, we probably do need to get out more) But it is the easiest thing, and we are not the most manually adept people. The workmanship is excellent, and with its clever, unfussy design, it will truly become your best stable mate.

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Please refer to BACM’s customer terms and conditions here

Delivery within mainland UK is £10 and takes 3 – 5 days.   The HayMate is flat packed but is assembled in just half an hour In the unlikely event that you are not completely satisfied with your HayMate, return it to us in ‘as new’ condition within 10 days of receipt, and we will refund the full cost of your HayMate The HayMate is guaranteed against faulty materials and workmanship for 12 months.

All orders are shipped within 2 days of order with a courier service.
Returns are accepted within 14 days, provided that the item is returned to us in exactly the same
condition in which it left us.

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