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heathermstalnaker 04-24-2013 10:50 AM

Horse Round Bale Feeders
Good Morning,

I feed round bales of hay in the winter but have never used a bale feeder before. I found a horse round bale feeder for sale for $100 and am considering purchasing it. I have heard good and bad about these. Opinions would be helpful.

Thank you!

Delfina 04-24-2013 11:23 AM

All sorts of different round bale feeders out there. It's impossible to give an opinion without actually seeing a picture of this particular one.

heathermstalnaker 04-24-2013 11:31 AM

Horse Round Bale Feeder
This is the horse round bale feeder I am looking at purchasing.....

heathermstalnaker 04-24-2013 11:32 AM

Horse Round Bale Feeder
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natisha 04-24-2013 12:01 PM

If the openings are big enough to fit a horse's head through I would pass. Those are more for cattle. I believe the safe ones for horses only allow the horses to reach over.

heathermstalnaker 04-24-2013 12:02 PM

Thanks! I wonder why they are selling it at tractor supply saying it is a horse round bale feeder? That is crazy! Thank you for the heads up!

natisha 04-24-2013 12:04 PM


Originally Posted by heathermstalnaker (Post 2331457)
Thanks! I wonder why they are selling it at tractor supply saying it is a horse round bale feeder? That is crazy! Thank you for the heads up!

You should look at it before you decide, it may be OK.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 04-24-2013 12:05 PM

For horses I prefer Big Bale Buddy,Round Bale Feeder. The metal round bale feeders offer all kinds of opportunities to get legs and heads stuck and some horses like to jump into the middle of them and then can't get back out. They also rub holes in their manes by rubbing against the metal frame.

heathermstalnaker 04-24-2013 12:06 PM

I have heard about the bale like it? I may just have to get one!

Delfina 04-24-2013 12:10 PM

Plenty of round bale feeders and all sorts of other equipment as marketed as "horse" but no-one with 2 ounces of common sense would actually use it for a horse.

Half the round bale feeders out there aren't actually *safe* for even cows IMO. I have a Hereford bull and a Hereford x Angus steer boarded at my place right now, their owner has a round bale feeder out there and I watch the poor bull get his horns stuck in the feeder at least twice a day. He always manages to get unstuck but he has bashed the feeder to heck and back doing so. I took the feeder out yesterday as he broke 2 of the 3 pins holding it together when he got stuck.... waiting on the owner to bring me replacement pins.

I prefer tire feeders, I have a cart for my ATV and I fork the hay into that, haul it over to the tire feeders and fill them up. More work but nobody can get hurt on a tire feeder and they hold enough hay for a few days (depending on size of tire and herd).

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