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Re: [RC] Hay feeding solutions - Barbara McCrary

If you find a solution, let me know.  Our daughter's horse, who boards here, is an ex-racehorse (Arab) and he is quite the fussy one.  He wants his alfalfa, please.  Right now, he is getting locally grown oat hay.
If the hay doesn't suit him, he flings it on the ground.  I feed in a very deep fiberglass bin, but he can get it out, anyway.  I just feed him a measured amount of hay, twice a day, and if he wastes it, tough luck.  I don't see him wasting away from hunger, so  he must manage.  His attitude toward me and his hay reeks of arrogance.  He's such a "princess", or maybe that's "prince."
 
Barbara
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Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 9:31 AM
Subject: [RC] Hay feeding solutions

Ridecampers:
 
Since hay has become about as expensive as gold, I am looking for ways to waste less of it. 
Specifically, since lecturing has done no good, how do I get my horses to stop throwing all the hay out of the feeder and tromping it into the mud??? 
 
I'm feeding a bale each into two 6' round galvanized tanks, spaced well apart.  Since I don't live on my property, I only feed once a day and need to make sure that they have enough to free feed for 24 or more hours.  I was thinking about some kind of a net over the top, but I have one horse who will climb into the feeder so can't take the chance of her getting tangled.  I know a wooden top with holes in it is an idea, but am afraid of how heavy and awkward it would be to fit onto that big of a feeder.
 
Please, does anyone have any great ideas?
 
mel
 

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