Sunday, May 27, 2007

How Do You Feed Hay?

I was in the market for a hay feeder and was really looking for the "turned inside out" tractor tire. I had great difficulty finding one and actually didn't, although I had seen them in many a paddock including Jess's. I came upon this one which I bought at the Co-op for about 100 bucks, give or take. It looks like a giant spit-tune, but it works real well. It has drainage holes and most of the hay stays inside rather than wasted. It comes in two pieces that you have to assemble, but I've had this for a few years and it has worn well. It's also easy to move. I'd rather them eat from a feeder than from the ground. I always worry about sand and dirt collick. So how do you feed your horses their hay? I'm curious as to what you all use.


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BarnGoddess said...

I do not have an outdoor hay feeder and just throw my hay or alfalfa on a grassy patch of ground during the winter months.

If I feed inside the stall, I have a wall feeder but it seems Scooter yanks it out of there and puts on the stall floor anyhow-brat!

Sand colic is scary. My friend had a horse with sand colic but before she bought him he was kept in a small sandy paddock. Luckily, my Old Guy has 30 grassy acres otherwise I would be buying a hay feeder too.

I think the hay feeder you have is cool! I am going to show my hubs this and see if he can do something like that for my pasture.

photogchic said...

I have to learn about sand or dirt colic. I have never heard of it. With summer here, our barn is leaving the horses out over night and throwing hay out in the morning on the ground. Maybe not such a good idea.

Transylvanian horseman said...

I think that a feeder will reduce wastage and mess, and is a good idea. I thought that sand colic was more of a problem when horses drink from a shallow or turbid sandy stream. However you know what problems are prevalent in your locality. I feed in a wooden manger in the field shelter, and that works pretty well. There's about a yard length per horse, and they feed when they want to.

LB Darned said...

What was your feeder called and where did you find it?