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post #1 of 11 Old 05-07-2008, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Horse climbing into feeder

I'm not sure if this goes here but, I have a round feeder, I only have two horses so I don't put the big round bale in there I usaully just put a small bale of hay in there a couple times a day, well my standardbred keeps climbing in there with his front legs inside then he is not able to get them back out, we have to go out a diassemble the feeder. Has anyone ever had a horse do this, I really like the feeder but when he does it, it is only a guess how many hours he is in there?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-07-2008, 09:11 PM
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Is it possible to rig it up so that he can't get it there. My friend used to have the same problem so her husband bolted boards around the bottem so the horses couldn't get in anymore. It can be very dangerous I've heard of more than one horse dying because of this. If you are just feeding square bales would it be easier to get a hay net or something...just a suggestion. I hope you can figure somthing out..
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I agree with Fehr...it's really dangerous for a horse to get into the round bale feeders.
For the square bales I'd either get a big tub and throw the hay in there...a tub big enough that it fits the bales...but small enough where the horse's can't get in.....OR just throw the bales on the ground...unless you are in an abnormally sandy spot I doubt you'll have to worry too much about sand colic. All the horses at the stabes get their hay on the ground and none have coliced because of hay (only one has colics in 1 year...and that was due to too green of grass)
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-07-2008, 11:20 PM
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We feed our horses square hay bales and they eat it off the ground. We've never had a horse colic. Just be sure that if they are eating off the ground to deworm regularily.
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-08-2008, 06:34 AM
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You can attach something like net or better plastic fence on top of the feeder (just throw the piece and secure with the good rope). We put net behind the feeder to prevent horses from sticking the head there and throwing hay outside.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-08-2008, 09:22 AM
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We feed our square bales in a long trough type feeder. It is a 8ft long cattle feeder that we also feed grain out of and it also holds their mineral block. I would think that if the horse is getting into the round feeder it would simply be better to feed off the ground rather than risk an injury.

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-08-2008, 09:32 AM
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I have a couple of old stock tanks that I feed square bales in. I just drilled holes in the bottom so they don't hold water (they were leaking anyway).

I want to add that I have put small squares in my round feeder, but I go out once or twice a day to rake the hay out of the middle to the outside so they can reach it. That might help you.
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-09-2008, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanx agian guys for all your info. I am selling the feeder.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-09-2008, 11:17 PM
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Cory that's probably a good idea. A simple trough style feeder has worked great for us. We have 2 horses and it holds their mineral block. You can dump a bunch of hay in it when need be and we also feed grain in it. It is for cattle but has worked out just great for us. Seems to be all- purpose.

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post #10 of 11 Old 05-10-2008, 09:07 AM
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Thanx agian guys for all your info. I am selling the feeder.
That is really the best Cory feeding small bales in a big round feeder is a pain. I only do it during those times when my round runs out and I can't get another in due to weather.
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