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    12-09-2011, 02:03 PM
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Weanling
how to not waste hay??

I saw this question in another forum I read and was interested. My 4 horses waste sooooo much hay. Anyway when I googled how not to waste hay I found this site that is basically a huge (37 gal) barrel/tub that has a floating plastic top that has holes in it.

It look like a great idea and then I looked at the price.... wow...sticker shock!!! Anyway it made me think to post on here..

How do you keep your horse from wasting so much hay??

I printed a copy of the barrel and I am going to see if my hubby thinks we could make something like the tub I saw. It really seemed to be a pretty good idea.

Rhonda
     
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    12-09-2011, 02:04 PM
  #2
Weanling
Can you post the link to it or post a picture of this no-hay-waster thingy?
     
    12-09-2011, 02:06 PM
  #3
Showing
Hay bags is what made my horse stop wasting hay, or peeing on it in the stall while he was on stall-rest for that matter.

Also feeding a little more often, instead of a ton all at once.

Do they also get grained? Turned out?
     
    12-09-2011, 02:08 PM
  #4
Weanling
Here is the link to the tub that looked really cool!

     
    12-09-2011, 03:56 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by RhondaLynn    
here is the link to the tub that looked really cool!

I really liked the way that one looked when I was looking for a slow feeder, too. However, I can't imagine it ever being worth the $500 asking price. It's just a modified bucket!

I ended up just buying a small mesh hay net (should be arriving today!). Maybe if that doesn't work out well, I might try to build something similar to this myself
     
    12-09-2011, 03:58 PM
  #6
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Small hole hay bags are a great way to reduce the amount of hay that is wasted.

I am currently using some I bought from Chicks saddlery. They are great. Great price, fun colors and easier to fill.
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    12-09-2011, 04:03 PM
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I just took a old pool net (it was made to hang on the side of the pool and hold toys) that we don't use anymore, patched it up with hay twine, washed it, and it holds a near perfect amount of hay

You can also use a laundry basket if you put a cover on the top or hang it up, I did that for a little while as well. It's just difficult because the plastic tends to break.
     
    12-09-2011, 04:04 PM
  #8
Trained
The subject is worth exploring. I've been wrestling through the details of rebuilding the manger in my shelter, which is adjacent to my barn. Here's a site to look at~
Need advice on a manger in my shelter
The above site has a lot of discussion of what worked and what didn't work, and that can save you some time and aggravation.
I can tell you that I would ONLY use a hay net if your horse could reach it OUTSIDE of the stall.
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They'll pull it down and maybe hurt themselves on it--at the least they'll destroy the hay net. (Consider tying your hay net in a ball when you use it while trailer, too and keep it high.)
     
    12-09-2011, 04:26 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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I can tell you that I would ONLY use a hay net if your horse could reach it OUTSIDE of the stall.
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They'll pull it down and maybe hurt themselves on it--at the least they'll destroy the hay net. (Consider tying your hay net in a ball when you use it while trailer, too and keep it high.)
From what I've read, it's safe to use a small mesh hay net in a stall, since the holes are too small for the horses to get their hooves through, and if the horse is unshod, it can even hang quite low to get a more natural eating position.
     
    12-09-2011, 04:31 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XemLrzsRzQ


You can easily make a version of your own. These guys did. Great invention. The ones on the market are stupidly expensive.
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