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post #1 of 14 Old 07-21-2014, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Feeding Bucket question

Hey guys, not particularly new to horses and have had mine for about 2 yrs. I'm looking to get a new horse soon if the guy accepts my proposal and I have some buckets around the house that I'm thinking about using a 10 gallon galvanized can. I have for my current horse, a 55 gallon sized in diamter plastic drum, using the bottom of it to feed him out of and it's nice and spacy. Just wondering you guys take on using the 10 gallon and it being more narrow and the horse won't have much space to say move his mouth around pretty much just stick his head in there and eat lol. NOw granted it will have more diameter than a 5 gallon bucket though. Two pics one of the galvanized and the other of the blue plastic one.
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None of mine would eat in that as they couldn't see while they were eating. Not the safest material either as it could cause injury if your horse decides it needs to be stomped. A five gallon plastic bucket allows him to see around himself.
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None of mine would eat in that as they couldn't see while they were eating. Not the safest material either as it could cause injury if your horse decides it needs to be stomped. A five gallon plastic bucket allows him to see around himself.
5 gallon?

that's even smaller in diameter than the 10 lol. Did you mean 55?
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... Um maybe something like a rubber 3-5gallon feed tub mine love them.
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Never. The only two materials safe for horses to eat/drink out of are rubber and plastic. Galvanized steel water troughs for all livestock have smooth edges, which a trash can does NOT. Save the can for supplements and get a large galvanized steel trash can to store 2 1/2 (50 lb) bags of grain, if you feed it, at a time, kept in a grain room.
I even use plastic garbage cans in my barn, in case my horse gets loose and decides to trash the hallway.
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Are you feeding hay or grain in said bucket? Seems too small for hay, and that kind of metal bucket is not very safe for the horse.
If you are looking for something to feed grain out of, a 5 gallon bucket is plenty of room. Buckets at the feedstore here are as little as $4 a piece...not expensive! My guys get barely any grain, just enough to get vitamins in them and they eat from 3 gallon flatback buckets just fine as you can see below:

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Hey guys, not particularly new to horses and have had mine for about 2 yrs. I'm looking to get a new horse soon if the guy accepts my proposal and I have some buckets around the house that I'm thinking about using a 10 gallon galvanized can. I have for my current horse, a 55 gallon sized in diamter plastic drum, using the bottom of it to feed him out of and it's nice and spacy. Just wondering you guys take on using the 10 gallon and it being more narrow and the horse won't have much space to say move his mouth around pretty much just stick his head in there and eat lol. NOw granted it will have more diameter than a 5 gallon bucket though. Two pics one of the galvanized and the other of the blue plastic one.
This is where that came from. In a pinch mine can and will eat out of a 5 gallon bucket. As I said they can see around themselves. Would it be easy or comfortable - not really. The 55 gallon drum you have is a good solution as it has low sides and plenty of space. I feed in rubber feed tubs of various sizes depending on the horse.
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Here is a larger rubber bucket, from a local farm supply store:
http://www.ruralking.com/tub-feed-ru...FQsyaQodUYEAMg

The last ones I bought were about $13.00 and less volume. I have used these for decades and even if left outside they last for at least 8 years, so they are a VERY GOOD BUY. They are very safe for your horses, and many horses use them as toys if left out.

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