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post #11 of 28 Old 07-29-2014, 05:11 AM
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So????
I had 25 horses to feed 3 times a day on a breeding stock ranch in Arizona.
The feeding gave me a chance to look over the stock seeing that they were ok, it also gave them the chance to have Contact with people, Learning to be handled and lifting their feet.
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post #12 of 28 Old 07-29-2014, 07:19 AM
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And some people have a job and have to go to work.
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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 donīt 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.
when I just had the one horse I always hand fed him hay daily but I figured finding a way to let him get it on his own is much much better. Picking off round bales especially when it's in the first 2-3 wks of a new bail isn't much fun lol.



Below is an image of what I did so I can control the hay for now without having to give them some daily. I might just cut out 2 holes, 1 for each horse and large enough for them to get their face in to get the hay and safely be able to do so. I will ensure to tightly crimp the ends of the wire so they sharp edges won't pertrude. Then again I might be able to cut it out to where there wont be any sharp edges.

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Ditto here usandpets. Once you have a pasture kept herd - it's just easier to let the tractor/bobcat do the work! Stack 600 bales by hand, costs $6 each = $3600 and takes forever and us older dogs end up pulling out backs.

Use bobcat/tractor scoop w/spike to unload semi flatbeds of rolls. Stack in building/along side of indoor arena. Drive them out when needed. 60 rolls per year at $35 each = $2100 and no doctors appointments or missed work from back sprains :)

I use two hay feeders - one solid bottom and one pipe sided - similar in design to what you see pictured in earlier posts. They are all designed for horses. Only had problems when we used to raise A steer for the freezer. The steer would get rub marks on his chest from the horse hay rings.
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If I only had 1-2 horses - I'd be tempted to go back to all bales...

Nah - that's less than 12 rolls a year. I'd keep spike on the tractor's front scoop and sell the bobcat :). I'm too 'seasoned' to throw bales much. My horses prefer 24/7 hay anyways...... Easier to use rolls when you work 60 hours a week - outside of the farm.
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And some people have a job and have to go to work.
lol

That is true though
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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.
i'm thinking about cutting out 2 holes large enough for them to get their face in and pull hay out and I will be careful to not leave any sharp parts at all. I can control the hay they get out or actually the waste better that way.

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If you're pulling hay off a hay bale to feed them, you could do something like this:

For me, having chain link fence or chicken wire (which your last picture looked like) is not good around horses. They'll find the one piece sticking out and cut themselves.
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If you're pulling hay off a hay bale to feed them, you could do something like this:

For me, having chain link fence or chicken wire (which your last picture looked like) is not good around horses. They'll find the one piece sticking out and cut themselves.
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yeah well i'm not trying to avoid having to give them any lol. Just let them eat as they please. I sort of want to control how much they eat but as long as they aint wasting near as much as they were when I just had the open area uncovered, I might can live with that.

Also I won't have ANY part of the chainlink exposed. I will take a pair of dykes, crimpers and secure the loose ends real tight.

Will look at a few different ways though cause I might just cut an area out of the plywood on the inside part of the stall and let them actually go in the stall area to get the hay
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If you want to feed big bales and have none of your horses have shoes, you could always use a slow feed big bale hay net (it's easy to make your own, but many places also sell them).

As far as other slow feeders: I don't like the horses to be biting against metal (some people use hog panels, hardware cloth, etc.) I much prefer plastic... I use these:

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