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post #11 of 17 Old 10-25-2017, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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We've used both 50 and 30. Just depends on what was available.
Did the 50 gallon ones crumple up on you too?
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Hi Cordillera!
My critters will sometimes play with stuff like that; you might smooth the edges a bit and toss it in the pasture to see if yours will.
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We experimented with height. We needed the taller sides as we were wanting to use to mount drafts. The taller the side the more likely to fold. The really short ones didn't but they weren't tall enough unless the horse was really short. I (5'10") had no problem with the short getting on a friend's 14 hand Paso but anything taller and it was a stretch. It wasn't enough for the drafts. That was when we cut the top off and filled at least halfway with cement (we did drill drain holes along the bottom and where the cement ended) this kept the horses from throwing around their feed pots and the tall sides kept most from dropping feed on the ground. It also kept them from dumping their feed out..
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We experimented with height. We needed the taller sides as we were wanting to use to mount drafts. The taller the side the more likely to fold. The really short ones didn't but they weren't tall enough unless the horse was really short. I (5'10") had no problem with the short getting on a friend's 14 hand Paso but anything taller and it was a stretch. It wasn't enough for the drafts. That was when we cut the top off and filled at least halfway with cement (we did drill drain holes along the bottom and where the cement ended) this kept the horses from throwing around their feed pots and the tall sides kept most from dropping feed on the ground. It also kept them from dumping their feed out..
How short were the ones that worked? We will be really lucky if we find a horse here over 14hh.
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No taller than a foot. We found that the blue usually had thinner sides and the whites usually thicker. But that is a generalization. It seemed to depend on what it was intended to hold. It's been to long to recall anything except the cola barrels were the thinnest. Still are.
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Hi All!

If you screw some close fitting boards in a cross pattern at the bottom (cut edge) of the half-barrel, it might stabilize the sides enough to allow you to stand on it. Easy enough to try in any event.

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George they also want to feed out of them. CC I think then that the short ones will work for you if the sides are thick.
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