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    11-23-2011, 11:45 AM
How to wet hay when it's freezing outside?!

Wasn't sure exactly where to put this...

How could I wet hay when it's so cold that hay freezes until horse eats it?
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    11-23-2011, 12:44 PM
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Drill holes in the bottom of the laundry basket, viola! You can soak hay in warm (or not freezing) water and drain it easily.
    11-23-2011, 02:45 PM
Or use a hay net (instead of the laundry basket).
    11-23-2011, 02:51 PM
Or put the hay into a net, drop it into a big dustbin/refuse bin, pour on a kettle of boiling water, put the lid back on, cover and leave for a while.

The steam should swell or make the dust sticky, so it doesn't cause coughs, but doesn't make the hay so wet that it becomes a haysicle when you try and feed it
    11-23-2011, 03:56 PM
Why would you wet the hay? I was told it's advised for the chokers, but any other reasons?
    11-23-2011, 05:30 PM
Kitten_val, to get the dust off. That way it doesn't go into their lungs.

For your problem manca, I think all the possible solutions are listed above.
    11-23-2011, 08:37 PM
Originally Posted by 88Emerald88    
kitten_val, to get the dust off. That way it doesn't go into their lungs.

For your problem manca, I think all the possible solutions are listed above.
Thanks, Emerald! I guess mine is not very dusty (or I'd notice it). :)
    11-23-2011, 10:44 PM
I like the previous ideas.

I had one horse who would literally be labored unable to breathe from the dust of alfalfa. We always had to wet it for him and he never had a problem after that.
    11-23-2011, 11:02 PM
You're welcome kitten_val. ^_^

Same here. I know a horse that can only eat wet hay because he has asthma. It's a special condition but I don't know the name in English. X) My mare actually dunks her hay in her water bowl before eating it so I'm ok XD She just gets the box all wet x)
    11-24-2011, 05:04 PM
Saw a really good tip on this, if you buy a wallpaper steamer, you can rig the pipe to go into a dustbin or similar, then put the hay in, and run the steamer for a while, I may have a go at that one.

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