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Re: RC: hay feeders
In a message dated 01/23/2000 5:20:44 AM Pacific Standard Time,
<< But I have discovered that my horse eats much better when I
can put his hay on the ground rather than in a hay net hung in his stall.
My question to ridecampers is this: what types of hay feeders are available
and which are worth using? Do any of you use a feeder? I have seen those
round, metal feeders used for cattle but can't find a source for them. Any
suggestions or information would be much appreciated!
My husband builds a wooden box, much like an apple box you see in the
orchards. It's about 3' wide by 4' long, has 4 X 4s or 4 X 6s under it, like
skids or runners. These elevate the box off the ground so the bottom does
not rot. The floor is solid, but it has to have holes drilled into it to
allow water runout. (Obviously these are not in a stall). They have two 2 X
6s or 2 X 8s for walls on the bottom portion, then a space of about 8", then
a top rail of a 2 X 6, which I have capped with light weight angle iron like
flashing (to keep the equine beavers from chewing on it). The corners are
reinforced with 2 X 6s as uprights on the outside and also one midway along
each long side of the box. These boxes are very heavy and keep the hay off
the ground. There is virtually no waste, since the horses can't easily fling
the hay out (they're about 3' deep). As far as horses preferring to eat off
the ground, that's their natural way of eating. Ours much prefer eating with
their heads down rather than horizontal. The reason my dimensions are so
unsure at this moment is that it is raining cats and dogs and I don't fancy
going out into the rain to measure. If you need more explicit dimensions,
ask me sometime when it isn't raining!! As for the livestock feeders, there
are several livestock supply companies that have catalogs, or (don't know
where you live) go to your nearest feed store or livstock supply company and
ask. Nasco has a big thick catalog that has just about anything utilitarian
you could want for cattle and horses. Their phone # is 1-800-558-9595 and
they have branches in Fort Atkinson, WI and Modesto, CA. Also, their website
Hope this helps.
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