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manca 11-23-2011 12:45 PM

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?

Chardavej 11-23-2011 01:44 PM

Buy one of these: American Livestock and Pet Supply, Inc. - Heated 16 Gallon Bucket

then buy one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/United-Solutions-Plastic-Laundry-Capacity/dp/B003T1X2RU
drill holes in the bottom of the laundry basket, viola! You can soak hay in warm (or not freezing) water and drain it easily.

Alwaysbehind 11-23-2011 03:45 PM

Or use a hay net (instead of the laundry basket).

Golden Horse 11-23-2011 03:51 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

kitten_Val 11-23-2011 04:56 PM

Why would you wet the hay? I was told it's advised for the chokers, but any other reasons?

88Emerald88 11-23-2011 06:30 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.

kitten_Val 11-23-2011 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by 88Emerald88 (Post 1242453)
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). :)

SorrelHorse 11-23-2011 11:44 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.

88Emerald88 11-24-2011 12:02 AM

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)

Golden Horse 11-24-2011 06:04 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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