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post #1 of 7 Old 02-23-2015, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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2 part question: Flying hay/stable for shelter

hi need some ideas/help please......
What can I put hay in instead of nets to keep the hay from flying around in the wind? I was thinking like a water tub, I have a horse and a pony. I will need 2 , the pony wants to share hay with the horse, but she won't let him.

I need advice on shelter for them also. We built a barn, more of an outdoor one.
Has 3 separate stables, and an 8ft overhang in front. I let them go in and out at will and do not confine them. I was putting hay nets in on cold nights to keep them in and eating. But my pony is afraid to go in now because my mare will eat the hay in her stall and come after his. He has had a few near misses with getting trapped inside and her going after him. The rear doors have been closed to keep the cold air out. I should keep the rear doors open as a means of escape for him, but then there is no protection from the cold wind. The pony has been out on pasture for most of his life and would freak out with confinement in a stall. Thank you for your help
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First, I use big inverted tractor tires as hay feeders.
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Far as shelters, which your run in barn is, I would not have either dividers, nor feed them in there, unless you tie them up, so the dominant horse can't intimidate the lower down one, crowding that horse in a confined areas, making that horse feel trapped



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First of all, always have one more pile/net/feeder out than you have horses, so the chased one gets his fair chance, as far apart as possible.
As for the barn, as Smilie said, either remove the dividers completely or open up one half of each so the pony can escape. My dividers are made with panels that I can fold back against the wall and just pull forward if I need to stall them. I also had, in a previous barn/run- in, only half of the divider fixed, the other half could, again, be folded back against the wall.

I'd say nets, preferably slowfeeder nets, are your best bet for keeping the hay from going airborne. If you have trouble filling them, a trash can, nets folded over the edge, makes it really easy.
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As long as the horses have a wall to bum up against they'll be fine. If you have two animals you need to put out 3 well-spaced nets, even if it means one outside the shelter for the pony to access. Ponies are pretty hardy so don't worry about it getting cold.



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Smilie--That's such a good idea! xD

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Facing south, doorways on either end big enough for 2 horses and a human to pass at same time. All open and painted white inside. Truth...horses use it more in summer.

I've got a couple old cracked water troughs I can use but mostly I figured wind into the hay supply.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-25-2015, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the great advice and ideas :)
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