-- Posted by jo on Jan. 6, 2002
Any tried and tested methods of feeding hay in fields.
At the moment I feed two horses hay on the floor but so much
seems to be wasted..
I'm interested in a "V" shape hay feeder/rack...the
best way i can think of describing it is a manger with a V of
mesh above it..
Does anyone have one and where did you get it/
-- Posted by les on Jan. 6, 2002
agricultural suppliers may have - although not all suitable
for horses -you can buy field feeders from CAM - mesh boxes to
either hang on the fence or bigger ones for frames
-- Posted by Gamberro on Jan. 6, 2002
I've spoken to a friendly tyre merchant and he's going to
let me have a couple of old tractor tyres to feed hay from in
the field. A friend of mine uses them and they seem to
work pretty well - stops it getting blown about by the wind
and trodden on. And they're moveable - in theory anyway!
-- Posted by T L Equestrian on Jan. 7, 2002
Now there's a good idea!
Let us know how it works!
-- Posted by Cob Nut on Jan. 7, 2002
We have the big round bales, and you can buy a feeder to go
round them so that it doesn't all get trampled into the
They're not cheap - about £100 from CWG - but we reckon that
with five horses to feed, two of them will have paid for
themselves in one winter's feeding. Before we had them, we
were getting about 7 horse days of ad-lib hay per bale; with
them we're getting 10.
-- Posted by Lin on Jan. 7, 2002
I put hay in field and they ignore it. Then come in and pig
on haynets like they're starved!!! Last year they lived out
and the field hay was perfectly okay. I despair sometimes
-- Posted by AlisonWoods on Jan. 7, 2002
If you have post & rails fencing and it's high enough
you can tie hay nets up on the fence. I've done that as
it helps keep the horses apart a bit and stops the bickering.
-- Posted by Roo on Jan. 7, 2002
Let us know how the tractor tyres go ! sounds like a
fantastic idea as I know loads of farmers.
-- Posted by Joe R on Jan. 7, 2002
We too have round bales in the field for ad-lib and we did
look at the cattle ring but thought it too expensive ! I
had a brain wave one day and got some large pallets of wood
and shaped them into a 1 foot high square to fit around the
base of the bale to form a sort of box and this works
brilliantly so I think that you could do the same for small
amounts of hay but just make it smaller.