Hay feeding

Jessey

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I don't actually think there is an answer to meet every aspect of what I am trying to achieve, but I'll ask anyway in case someone has an off the wall idea :)

Jess has gone onto haylage because of her breathing, but after 2 weeks the boys are ballooning so I would rather keep them on hay, I've put a rail across their shelter she can't get under so they can have hay.

Ideally I want;
  • something Jess can reach but the boys can't as they will help her eat her ration and then go and eat theirs too
  • Something to slow feeding which is neither a net or a wire mesh or will at least stop her having a foot long length of hay hanging out of her mouth :rolleyes:
  • preferably will hold quite a large volume
Jess would rather eat her haylage than either a bucket feed or grass :eek: and she scoffs it down which then leaves her with very little for the rest of the day. If I use small hole nets she grabs the net in her teeth and shakes it up and down (8kg nets) until a chunk of haylage comes loose, I tied in in a pallet box and she lifted the whole lot :eek: I worry about her neck! I also don't want to use metal grid type things as she is a teeth eater (not a nice gentle lip eater) and I think she will cause damage eventually.

I'm currently using a wheelie bin with paving slabs in the bottom to weigh it down and the haylage loose, but she takes huge gobs fulls and drops half of it on the floor where the boys quickly hoover it up o_O

I'm thinking maybe 2 sets of long bristles she has to poke her nose through to get the haylage that will catch the massive excess she normally pulls out each time????? ideas for where I might get such a thing?
Or maybe something like a wooden thing with 4" holes drilled through so she has to lip work and its unlikely to damage teeth, or would it? something else?

ETA, hay can't touch the ground because of the sand colic risk and I don't have any square solid wall corners so hay bar type things are out too.
 
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I feel your pain with the huge mouthfuls, I know someone else who does this!!!! Recently I have resorted to tying a net inside the byre to the metal rails that the cattle chains are on, and tied at the other side. I use lots of baler twine but she must have lost her temper the other night because in the morning the baler twine was all snapped and her net was wedged behind the water buckets. Hmm.
Only thing about bristles - what about eyes? MIght sound silly but couldn't she end up poking herself in the eye? If she is as vigorous as Storm in her attempts that is........
It's something I could do to think up, for winter in particular. Something to slow down .......
 

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Just an idea. How about a large pallet box that the boys can't reach in to. Hill your small holes hay nets and attached it to clips at the bottom of the box so that she cant lift it out but still will restrict the amount she can pull out
 

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Only thing about bristles - what about eyes? MIght sound silly but couldn't she end up poking herself in the eye? If she is as vigorous as Storm in her attempts that is........
It's something I could do to think up, for winter in particular. Something to slow down .......
Ah yes I hadn't thought about eyes and bristles.

Just an idea. How about a large pallet box that the boys can't reach in to. Hill your small holes hay nets and attached it to clips at the bottom of the box so that she cant lift it out but still will restrict the amount she can pull out
Yeah as I said I tried tying nets into a pallet box and she lifted the whole lot to shake it, even with the box tied to the wall the whole lot was being moved a lot :(
 

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Instead of brushes, hosepipe 'fingers'?? a wooden frame with them pointing inwards, it would drop as the hay lowers so should only ever be the nose going through.......
 
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Instead of brushes, hosepipe 'fingers'?? a wooden frame with them pointing inwards, it would drop as the hay lowers so should only ever be the nose going through.......

That sounds good, you know, you should get paid for thinking alo these horsey ideas up:Dyou could start a small business providing horse solutions:D
 
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