Easier way to soak hay
   

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

Easier way to soak hay

This is a discussion on Easier way to soak hay within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • Soaked hay net pulley

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-23-2014, 04:12 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Easier way to soak hay

I have been soaking hay and it is hard to poor off the water and not much hay fits in a large manure type bucket. Besides it being heavy the water gushes everywhere and gets shoes and pants wet.

I am now using a huge igloo cooler. I can fit 6 nice size flakes and when I want to drain I just pull the plug. It is soo much easier and I can do a days worth at once. Before I was soaking 3 times a day to get enough hay.
Just thought I would pass this along.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    05-24-2014, 09:13 AM
  #2
Started
You could put it in a hay net first then into the muck bucket. Then just lift the haynet and hang it to drip.
     
    05-24-2014, 09:17 AM
  #3
Started
It hasn't come to that for me yet, just a matter of time but I think I'd take one of my 55 gallon barrels and put a drain plug in at the bottom so I could do an entire bale of hay in a net all at once. I'd have to have some sort of pulley rigged to get it out and hanging though.
     
    05-24-2014, 09:30 AM
  #4
Super Moderator
OP have you had your hay tested to know for sure whether you need to soak it?

I tested my hay four years in a row and it always came back between 8% and 9% NSC, so I stopped testing and stopped soaking after the first season.

That 50 gallon drum with a plug sounds like a great idea. Maybe you should patent that, especially if you could figure a way to have the drum on an elevated frame with wheels and handle for pulling. Solid rubber wheel barrow wheels would be ideal as they are sturdy and would never go flat
     
    05-24-2014, 09:53 AM
  #5
Weanling
That is one of the many reasons we feed haylage to our horses...
     
    05-24-2014, 11:31 AM
  #6
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by SueNH    
You could put it in a hay net first then into the muck bucket. Then just lift the haynet and hang it to drip.
Too heavy to lift and you can't fit much hay in a muck bucket. I can get 3/4 of a bale in my large cooler and only 2-3 flakes in a bucket
     
    05-24-2014, 11:32 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
OP have you had your hay tested to know for sure whether you need to soak it?

I tested my hay four years in a row and it always came back between 8% and 9% NSC, so I stopped testing and stopped soaking after the first season.

That 50 gallon drum with a plug sounds like a great idea. Maybe you should patent that, especially if you could figure a way to have the drum on an elevated frame with wheels and handle for pulling. Solid rubber wheel barrow wheels would be ideal as they are sturdy and would never go flat
I haven't tested it I know from results with the horse that the soaking is working.
     
    05-24-2014, 11:34 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Island Horselover    
That is one of the many reasons we feed haylage to our horses...
haylage reduces dust but not carb/sugar content.
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dusty Hay! How to Soak? poundinghooves Horse Health 6 12-16-2013 06:23 PM
Can i soak it? Animallover707 Horse Nutrition 13 03-12-2013 01:47 PM
How do you soak your hay? lovetotolt Horse Nutrition 1 03-12-2013 12:09 AM
Filling a small hole hay bag - a technique to make it easier Alwaysbehind Barn Maintenance 6 08-22-2011 09:39 AM
How long do I soak the hay????? Lizz Horse Health 4 02-14-2009 11:00 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0