Originally Posted by Vidaloco
The photo of the feeder I posted should definitely not be built with the uprights that close together. I just used it as an example. Most horse feeders are built with upright no wider than a horses shoulders but wide enough to get the head and neck through, but stops them at the shoulders.
I wouldn't recommend tractor tires as some (read, not all) horses will attempt to eat the rubber. Plus there is steel belting inside the tire that can start to come through and cause injury.
Horses are meant to graze off and on all day. I don't believe in giving small portions at a time with long periods in between feedings. I feed large round bales inside a pipe, round bale feeder. They waste very little and have free access to feed at all times.
There is more chance of horses chewing through a wood feed then a rubber tractor tire :) unless your horse is Jaws
We have 2 paddocks that have tractor tires (ones actually a combine tire) they have been in these paddocks for 5 yrs...not a thing wrong w them...they look the same as when we put them in.
Now our one paddock that had a wood feeder...has been replaced 4 times already as the horses chew the wood, break it by leaning on it, or kicking etc.
Also the round bale feeders are great too...we have those as well in most our paddocks....but they too can cause injury if not properly maintained, as they rust bend and break just like anything else can eventually need replacing.
AI'm not sure if your comment about time in between meals was directed at me or who...but what I mean is you can feed them half a bale...come back few hours later...they probably just finishing up what they had toss some more...come back few hrs later again can toss some more if needed....they aren't going long periods w out hay, just not getting it all at once.