so i was looking into hay feeders for my three geldings. something cheap to make and easy to use. i found a few but was wondering if anyone made any they like and would recomend to other horse owners.
i found this one and like it a lot
Maria Siebrand's hay feeder - Paddock Paradise Wiki
but we would have to build some wall/fence areas for them.
can be either indoor (stall) or out door. something that wont make a HUGE mess and waste hay.
We are going to build something like this and then somehow incorporate a grate or net to make it more of a slow feeder.
Build a Low-Cost Hay Feeder - Smart Horse Keeping
I made slow feeder nets out of baling twine. Hole size about 2" for the somewhat coarse oat hay we feed. Have them hanging on the fence posts.
Work time: 1 hour
I have different sizes, one for about 6lbs, one 10lbs and one 25lbs.
i wanted something easy where in the morning when rushing before school i can throw some in all and leave and not spend time dealing with hay bags or something.
I think the best way to feed hay is to get some rubber mats and put them in their shelter.. It's healthier for the horse to eat off the ground than up high. They don't salivate enough to break down the hay. It can cause impaction colics.
their 'shelter' is our barn. so they cant really eat inside i dont want the arena full of hay.
I have found that 2" hole, they can still eat it fast, 1.5 is best.
I use a round bale feeder ( you can also make your own out of the Black PVC) and then I put the round bale net over top. Works awesome takes them double the amount of time to eat it. And no mess.
This way that can't take huge mouth fulls.
I like the idea with hanging nets like the first photo, it would be much easier if your forking off a round bale and you can put more hay in than a regular slow feed bag. With the bags my guys eat it in 2 hrs, hanging off a tree.
My bags hang low. The 2" holes I need for the oat hay, which is very coarse and stiff.
I have my horses right next to the house, and been watching them closely how they eat with the nets. Slow, way more breaks than when the hay is on the ground, way more. Consumption went from 25lbs per horse down to 17. I weighed the full nets and raked together and weighed what ended up on the ground, and that is way down too.
As for "just throw the hay in".... I have two sets of nets filled up so all I have to do is switch.
We made our own. So far so good (for 6 years already :) ).
Kitten that looks pretty cool but we have a top hay feeder for small bales with a bucket on the bottom, and a big round bale feeder but they eat it soooo fast and i want to slow them down i would probley angle it more and lower it on the fence.
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