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post #1 of 10 Old 09-19-2013, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Is there any reason I shouldn't do this?

I saw or read about a pasture hay feeder made out of tractor tires. I waste so much hay just putting it on the ground. I don't use round bales, just a couple flakes for each horse, thrown out in the am, when the horses go outside for the day.

You take two similar size tractor tires, put a half to three quarter inch piece of plywood between them. Then bolt them together, including the plywood. Then put drain holes in the tires so they do not hold water.

I was interested in trying it, but was wondering if I have overlooked some kind of hazard in this plan.

The tires would be tall enough as to discourage putting a foot in it. I would use tires that were not so old as to be falling apart.

Is there some poison that tires emit that I am not aware of?
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-19-2013, 10:48 AM
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Just give them less hay so they clean it up woman.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-19-2013, 10:49 AM
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Before we were married, my husband tried using a tire from a fertilizer. He had a 6mo old colt that became trapped and died. I don't know all the particulars (he said you could call him and he would explain) but I wouldn't take a chance, myself, even with older horses.
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-19-2013, 11:04 AM
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I know a neighbor does this without the plywood and holes so just on the ground and the horses don't try to move them or play in them (6 horses total)they don't lose as much hay from what I've noticed. We also had a small tire feeder attached to a board on the bottom for one of horses when I was little and he did for with that also. I'd give it a go.

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Eeh, I wouldn't want to do it unless the tires were the small, front tires. I've seen quite a few instances where horses got stuck in tractor tires after falling while trying to get that last bite.

If you do this, you might want to cut the tires in half (like a bagel) so that there is no lip on the top that they'd get hung up in.
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I use a large tractor tire to put hay in for my 20 plus year old mare, and 8 month old filly. I feed one bale per day and it works good for that. A little bit of waste, but unless you have horses that throw food you shouldnt have too much with only a few flakes. They have mastered stepping in and out, and the old mare would always step into a round bale feeder anyway. Added note, we've had small tractor tires.get stuck around heifer necks before.

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I'm in the change the feeding quantity camp. I feed my horse what she wants - if all the hay is gone consistently for a few days, I add another flake. If any is left, I take a flake away.

This worked even when I had one horse that was a hard keeper and one that was not.
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-19-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by churumbeque View Post
Just give them less hay so they clean it up woman.

Not going to happen!

Quit telling me how much to feed my horses, Woman! Are you coming to Kansas City to the CDE this weekend? I need help cleaning Harness.

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-19-2013, 04:25 PM
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I have not seen it personally but I have heard of horses getting stuck inside the rings of the larger tires. The horse panics (such a strange thing for these usually steel nerved animals to do) and breaks a leg or neck. The problem is that the tires are really, really hard to stretch to remove the horse. Same issue with cutting the tires. So, I would say that as an above poster mentioned removing the top ring might be a good idea. I also would worry about ply wood because the holes might cause a horse to get stuck. It also may rot eventually leading to issues if a horse pushes a foot over. I know it may not seem possible but the do the trickiest things and then a horse stuck in plywood and tires would be a mess to remove. It depends on your horses, if they are tricky little devils or more placid. I tend to own the baby hueys of the horse world who could get themselves stuck (and usually unstuck) in all manner of situations.
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Not sure how good it would work in the field, if that is what your talking about feeding in, but when our horses are in their stalls when the weather is foul or when one is sick, we put their hay in a small holed hay net. Less waste, more hay eaten and cleaned up. Is that possible for you to do?
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