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.