DIY simple hay feeder

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I have been looking for idea to feed hay to my ponies without it being blown all over the field. My OH made some out of spare pallets and plastic ties.

I have put an order in for 2 more :wink::bounce::wink:

Heres some pics of my new hay feeder
 

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ladyluxor

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OMG what a brilliant idea.. might have to show hubby that. :biggrin:

I have been thinking of the same as i cant tie the haynet to the tree as the neighbouring horse knicks it and he is suppose to be on a diet. :)
 

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Brilliant idea - have shown my hubby!!

I vaguely remember one year someone saying they put their horses hay in a plastic storage tub in the field to stop them trampling over it. Is there any safety reason why you shouldn't do that? I have a couple going spare but keep wondering if there is a reason why putting the hay straight on the floor is a better way?
 

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I use large black plaster's tubs that I have drilled holes in to drain the water out when it rains. It stops the wind blowing it away and the horses standing in it.

It also means that when the ground round the tubs gets churned up I used move then to better ground. They are safe (the same materal as the water butts in the field).

I have seen some others use your way awell and it works just as well.
 

fairlady

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Great Idea, but somehow I have visions of finding Egbert Macmuffin
stood inside it:bounce:

Will have to get OH to make me one, at least I would then know where
he is and what he is up to:bounce:
 

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keep wondering if there is a reason why putting the hay straight on the floor is a better way?

There are many reasons. It's better for their teeth - feeding from a haynet can wear their teeth unevenly and sometimes lead to further complications with them. It also is a better way for them to process their food.

It also help keep their nasal passage & sinuses clear, reducing the risk of colic, choke and other respiratory disorders. It's natural for a horse to eat off the floor than from a manger, especially if it's high up, or a haynet.
 

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Its a great idea, I have used tractor tyres this year, with slits in for the water to drain through. I am so chuffed with them, look tidy and will help with wastage...:biggrin:
 

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oooohh I like the hay hutch...Me wants one :) !! I use a plastic potato crate to stop the hay blowing everywhere, i do need to find something to put over the top to stop the horses picking through the hay and throwing it to the side, i hate scrapping the hay up... With a clay field it can be a nightmare!
 

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I use a tombstone cattle feed ring, designed for horned cattle. It takes big bales and doesn't rub manes like a normal feed ring.
Bought it 2nd hand in a sale.

I do like the pallets though. Cheaper.
 

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Loving this idea! Since our winter turnout is an all weather wood fibre base, t won't get churned up, but getting hay mixed in is a bad move. Also they polish off haynets too quickly and scatter it everywhere when they yank it out.

I'll be building one this weekend, ready for when Janne can finally get back into the turnout (fingers crossed for a couple of hard frosts).
 

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oooohh I like the hay hutch...Me wants one :) !! I use a plastic potato crate to stop the hay blowing everywhere, i do need to find something to put over the top to stop the horses picking through the hay and throwing it to the side, i hate scrapping the hay up... With a clay field it can be a nightmare!


I use a compost bin like this one: http://www.peterridley.co.uk/products/popups/composter800.html
I got it for £25 from the council, but need a smaller one, so recycled this as a hay feeder. I leave out a couple of the bottom sections for the neddies to pull hay out of & it's just great.
 
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