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        12-07-2010, 07:04 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Exclamation how do i keep my ponys feet out of the feeder?

    Hi, this is my first post so bear with me.

    I have a horse, pixie, that is prone to getting into trouble, usualy over through or under fences, she's a regualr hudini. We rescently built a wooden feeder up next to our fence and we pitch hay every day. But every day when we go out to feed she has climbed halfway into the feeder, we can't build it higher or the wont be able to reach the bottom, any lower and shell climb all the way in, she cannot get herself out however and at least once a day we go out to pull her out. I just hobbled her because she almost threw my mom's back out last time we helped her. I don't want to keep her hobbled in all of this snow with the other horses, any suggestions? Weve left her in there to see if shed get herself out, nope, stayed for 2 days n we got her out.
         
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        12-07-2010, 07:08 PM
      #2
    Showing
    Can you add some uprights that are just wide enough for her to get her head through?
         
        12-07-2010, 07:12 PM
      #3
    Showing

    Something like this is what I was thinking of.
         
        12-07-2010, 07:21 PM
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    Green Broke
    Get rid of the feeder
         
        12-07-2010, 07:28 PM
      #5
    Foal
    We cannot get rid of the feeder because the usually just stand on it and ruin half of it, we are not the richest of horse owners, we need all of our hay. The uprights are a good idea, ill try that n see if she keeps her feet out of it thanks
         
        12-07-2010, 07:31 PM
      #6
    Showing
    The only other thing I could add is to start feeding her from a hay bag tied up high enough that she can just reach it. Haybags are pretty cheap (around $5 for a net one) You might want to give that a try too.
    Only problem with them is if she does get it down and gets her legs tangled, it could be a worse problem.
         
        12-12-2010, 04:47 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    I would worry that they may get there head stuck in an upright. I do not use a feeder and I do not waste any hay. I just feed what they clean up and I feed regularly.
         
        12-13-2010, 12:40 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Perhaps feeding more meals throughout the day opposed to a bunch of hay at a time, so there is less waste. They will eat it opposed to sleep on it.

    Another great feeder idea is old tractor tires....they are large enough for large amounts of hay, and the horse can't hurt themselves on them. You can get them relatively cheap too.
         
        12-13-2010, 12:49 PM
      #9
    Showing
    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.
         
        12-13-2010, 01:02 PM
      #10
    Weanling
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    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.
         

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