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post #1 of 28 Old 07-28-2014, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hay Question: To monitor or let eat as much as often as they want?

Sorry meant to put in this section:

What I mean is I have always gived my horse hay daily, picked some off of the round bail. I recently made it to where he can go get some as he pleases from the bail. The hay went from lasting about 2 months to lasting one month. I just picked up another horse the other day and I notice them having the hay scattered more. Though there is plenty on the ground, they still keep getting it from inside the hay shed as well. I was going to put a chain link fence, piece of fence over the area they can stick their heads in. I will be able to close it when I want and let them eat all that's on the ground first at least.

I guess what I mainly wanted to know because it seems even thogh they have a large pasture, they will eat the hay more frequently?



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post #2 of 28 Old 07-28-2014, 04:04 PM
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The short answer is...yes, they will.
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The best reason to monitor your horse's hay consumption is your bank account. I think you need to get some hay feeders, like this one:
http://www.ruralking.com/agriculture...le-feeder.html
Horses will pull out hay and play with it, stomp all over it, spoil it by peeing and pooing on it and basically, waste it. Feeders help to keep this at a minimum.
Sometimes a horse is a very easy keeper and starts really gaining weight. In THAT case, you will want to feed him or her in an alternative way. =D
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The best reason to monitor your horse's hay consumption is your bank account. I think you need to get some hay feeders, like this one:
http://www.ruralking.com/agriculture...le-feeder.html
Horses will pull out hay and play with it, stomp all over it, spoil it by peeing and pooing on it and basically, waste it. Feeders help to keep this at a minimum.
Sometimes a horse is a very easy keeper and starts really gaining weight. In THAT case, you will want to feed him or her in an alternative way. =D
I will check craigslist and such for a used one for sale. Only thing with that though is I would want to put an overhead covering over it to keep the rain off of the hay so it's a little more work to do lol
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We tried using one like that and it rubbed the manes off in no time. We ended up cutting the bottom sections off so they could eat over the top. Those are more designed for cattle
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We tried using one like that and it rubbed the manes off in no time. We ended up cutting the bottom sections off so they could eat over the top. Those are more designed for cattle
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why is it hard for shorter horses to reach over the top as it is?

Designed for horses to stick their heads/neck in between the open slots?

I definitely don't want their manes to come off lol
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These are the horse feeders we have here:

The other one can be used for horses but is usually used for cows here. A short, small or mini horse may be able to use that one but full size horses, at least ours did, rub their mane off going through the slots.
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These are the horse feeders we have here:

The other one can be used for horses but is usually used for cows here. A short, small or mini horse may be able to use that one but full size horses, at least ours did, rub their mane off going through the slots.
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Yes, for horses you want to use hay rings that look like usandpets pictured or like this Horse Bale Feeder - Tractor Supply Co. You can get them with the bottom enclosed like that or open like we use

BTW, we just rake up the hay on the ground at feeding time and through it back in the ring.

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I have to ask is there any reason you cannot hand feed the horses? Meaning laying out piles for each horse.

Not much for feeders, they are called Cattle Feeders and are desighned for cattle.
The negative with them is you don´t know how much your horses are getting, the top horses will stand around the feeder nibbleing most of the time keeping the low ones from eating.
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post #10 of 28 Old 07-29-2014, 02:55 AM
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That depends on how many horses you have to feed. A couple of horses would be fine. We have 17 to feed and that wouldn't be easy to do several times or even a couple times a day.

To eliminate the problem of the higher horses hogging the hay, we put out 2 bales for the boys and 2 for the girls. They are in separate pens.
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