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post #1 of 8 Old 12-31-2012, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding hay ontop of shavings in a stall??

Ok sorry ahead of time if this is a silly question. I feel kind of silly asking my horse friends and the two ladies helping me train her.

My filly lives in a pen that is outside but conected to a shelter that she can get into to get away from the weather and wind. The shelter is kind of like a stall and has shavings in it. Normally when I feed the hay I put it on the ground outside, but with the rain and snow I think I want to move it inside for a little while so it doesn't get wasted. Is it ok to put the hay ontop of the shavings or will she end up eating the shavings with the hay if I do it that way? Would it be best if I get some sort of flat bucket to put ontop of the shaving?

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-31-2012, 10:56 AM
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I used to feed my horses by just dropping their hay on thier shavings I never had a problem. But, to keep it so not as much got ruined, I started using hay bags. But, if you can't get mine, then just dropping it on the savings is fine.
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The shavings wouldn't be a big concern for me/my horses, but putting it directly out on the floor will lead to a fairly high waste percentage as the hay gets drug around, stepped on, eliminated on, etc. Using a hay net/bag, manger or some sort of containment is the best option to prevent this.
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As mac stated, the shavings aren't an issue. Horses are pretty good about being able to pick through things and only eat what they want. I don't know any of them that like shavings, although I've known a few who chew boards!

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Thanks! The more I think about it what you guys are saying makes since. I think I will see if I can't find some sort of manger though so I don't waste so much hay(the cost can add up soo fast). For tonight I will probably just put it on the shavings now that I know for sure it is ok. Thanks again for the help :)
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We have matted stalls so I sweep the shavings back in the area where I put the feed/hay. Not because I am concerned about them eating shavings but because I found that they won't pee or trample the hay around if there's no shavings surrounding it. Doesn't work on all horses but it does for the ones I feed that don't have a feeder built into their stall.
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I would say buy a hay net. They are cheap, easy to use and easy to install.

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Tough-1 Nylon Tote Haybag with Poly Net - 1020571 | Tractor Supply Company

I just got this one. Love it. One person can put the hay in, those slow feeder nets suck at getting hay in, got more on myself than in the bag. But it has the slow feeder net over the hole. And it holds a lot of hay. Well over 20lbs, closer to 30 I have jammed in there.
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