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
  • Soaking hay for heavy horse
  • Easy ways to soak hay

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-23-2014, 05:12 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, 10:13 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, 10:17 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, 10:30 AM
  #4
Green Broke
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, 10:53 AM
  #5
Weanling
That is one of the many reasons we feed haylage to our horses...
     
    05-24-2014, 12:31 PM
  #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, 12:32 PM
  #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, 12:34 PM
  #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.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dusty Hay! How to Soak? poundinghooves Horse Health 6 12-16-2013 07:23 PM
Can i soak it? Animallover707 Horse Nutrition 13 03-12-2013 02:47 PM
How do you soak your hay? lovetotolt Horse Nutrition 1 03-12-2013 01:09 AM
Filling a small hole hay bag - a technique to make it easier Alwaysbehind Barn Maintenance 6 08-22-2011 10:39 AM
How long do I soak the hay????? Lizz Horse Health 4 02-15-2009 12:00 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:33 AM.


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