I need to vent, cry and then need ideas, round bale feeding - Page 6 - The Horse Forum
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post #51 of 62 Old 03-07-2013, 12:30 PM
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They can get to all of it except a little pile right in the middle. Ponies that can't reach over it can't get to some of it. They can pick a lot of it up around the bottom and they keep the whole bunch from wasting so much of it.

We make our own feeders. We get the 8 foot reels that the telephone company gets their fiber-optic cable on. We use 3 rings for short horses and 4 for the big ones. The spokes of the reels and center that the cable is rolled around are just under 4 foot in length. They make the uprights for the rings. We angle and grind all the sharp places and it takes about 2-3 hours to weld one up.

The ones we make for cattle and our bison have a larger space between the 2nd and 3rd rings and we just never use those for horses (because they would all rub out their manes.

We have some that are over 10 years old and are still good. If we took the time and trouble to keep them painted with a GOOD rust-proof primer, they would probably last forever.
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post #52 of 62 Old 03-07-2013, 04:07 PM
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Cherie, you should post a picture.

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post #53 of 62 Old 03-07-2013, 04:54 PM
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I bought the galvanized cattle hay ring that has the full ring around the top and just took my 4" grinder with cutting wheel and cut out part of the bottom ring at every other vertical tube to have a section for them to reach in once the hay got so low. I then took the flapper disk and smooth all the edges out so there would be no sharp edges to cut or scratch them as they went between to get at the hay. I couldn't see spending $250 for a horse hay ring when the cattle ring was only $149 and could spend 20 minutes making it a horse hay ring. I use the cattle ring upside down so that the vertical tubes are straight up and down rather than making them deal with the slanted tube.

If need be I can take pics this evening when I get home.
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post #54 of 62 Old 03-07-2013, 05:04 PM
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No shoes here, so we should be OK, I guess if I just sell one of the **** cow rings I can buy a net.

Do I need a stretch sleezy or neck cover to protect him for best? LOL, it will have to match his springtime waterproof turnout...if it ever gets here that is!

Holy crap I almost fell out of my chair. I thought now where did Hunter get a pink blanket.
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post #55 of 62 Old 03-07-2013, 05:06 PM
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I would try the extensions-we actually did one on the forelock of my BO's reiner-she has NO forelock and my guy has too much-so we pulled some and sort of sewed it together and wove it in. Worked for the shows, but not for long. Won't take much heavy rubbing, etc, for sure, but it is a plan.

I personally HATE MTG, since it stinks and attracts dust and dirt like crazy.. Plus, I am not convinced it does anything.....JMHO.

I can probably send you some black forelock in a month or so if you need it.......you could try weaving.

I agree, when I had to roach Hunters mane because his pasture buddy chewed it off, I started using mtg but couldn't stand the smell and dirt. I don't think it really did much.
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post #57 of 62 Old 03-07-2013, 05:26 PM
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I bought the galvanized cattle hay ring that has the full ring around the top and just took my 4" grinder with cutting wheel and cut out part of the bottom ring at every other vertical tube to have a section for them to reach in once the hay got so low. I then took the flapper disk and smooth all the edges out so there would be no sharp edges to cut or scratch them as they went between to get at the hay. I couldn't see spending $250 for a horse hay ring when the cattle ring was only $149 and could spend 20 minutes making it a horse hay ring. I use the cattle ring upside down so that the vertical tubes are straight up and down rather than making them deal with the slanted tube.

If need be I can take pics this evening when I get home.
Pictures would be nice.

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post #58 of 62 Old 03-07-2013, 05:36 PM
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Did not read this whole thing, so excuse me if I'm being redundant ---- but ---

JUST TURN THE STUPID THING OVER. THEN, IT WORK FOR HORSES PERFECTLY!
I agree. I have a cattle hay feeder that I've got turned upside down in my smaller paddock. Dobe, who is only 14.3, has no trouble getting to the hay whenever he wants and there is no risk of rubbed off manes and even my drafties would be hard pressed to crawl up inside of it.

Granted, mine doesn't have the solid bottom, just the rungs, but still...
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I leave work in 20 minutes and should be home between 5:30 and 5:45 pm CST. I'll get them taken and posted straight away...
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Sorry it took me so long , but had someone wanting to buy my Inflatable Bounce Castle.
Here are the pics Celeste.





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