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Everythingbutwings
May. 15, 2012, 08:35 AM
Have any of you used this round bale feeder?

I'm having a tough time replacing our old feeder. It was one of the round, three sectioned panel kind with legs to keep the panel up off the ground. Had horse safe "fingers" and worked great until it rusted to death.

Southern States and Tractor supply carry ones that look like it but don't easily come apart to load a bale in (we have no tractor). It was super simple to drag the sections into place and drop the connecting pins in. I can't see us undoing bolts every time we need to put out a bale so am looking into other options.

Here is a video of the Red River Bale Cradle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKfjEzQb4lI)being loaded with hay.

I'm wondering how much waste there will be using it. Otherwise, it looks like the solution to our dilemma. The RR website claims it costs $295 including shipping to most of the lower 48.

ChocoMare
May. 15, 2012, 10:05 AM
Yes yes yes and I loff it!!! Paired with a Cinch Chix net, it's da bomb.

I posted my comments & several pics of how I use it here: Round Bale Slow Feeder Review (http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=6069778&postcount=121)

JB
May. 15, 2012, 10:10 AM
Honestly, given the construction of that feeder, there's no way I'd use it with a horse.

The metal bars on the sides that come down into a V are just asking for a horse's foot to get caught.

Everythingbutwings
May. 15, 2012, 10:35 AM
The metal bars on the sides that come down into a V are just asking for a horse's foot to get caught.

I see what you mean but it should be easy to attach a piece of plywood across the lower portion of the ends of the cradle to eliminate the V sections.

Much easier than Mr. Wings' suggestion that we buy the (more expensive) ring style feeder and have him weld pin connections to it. :)

I've not stopped my search for the style we originally had but haven't yet heard back from the Co-op out in Marshall. I did ask Tractor Supply if they could order them and was disappointed when they said they couldn't. :(

Wraper2
May. 15, 2012, 10:51 AM
I have used the bolt together type without a tractor. Just lift the ring onto it's side, roll it up next to a bale and then lay it over flat. hard to describe...way easy to do.

JB
May. 15, 2012, 11:14 AM
Sure, you can modify, but for that price I would want something I don't have to LOL

For more than $100 less you can get this one (http://www.southernstates.com/catalog/p-8920-tarter-valu-line-3-piece-round-bale-feeder.aspx) and just put it over a bale.

Trixie
May. 15, 2012, 11:27 AM
JB, Wings and I had talked about those and concluded that our horses are kind of stoopid and would probably crack their head on that kind. We were hoping for one that's open on top.

Everythingbutwings
May. 15, 2012, 11:40 AM
JB, Wings and I had talked about those and concluded that our horses are kind of stoopid and would probably crack their head on that kind. We were hoping for one that's open on top.

Yeah, poll injuries at worst, mane rubs at least. That's a cattle feeder and I've heard some horror stories about the idiocy horses get up to feeding from them.

Here is an interesting study on feeders designed specifically for horses (http://www.extension.umn.edu/horse/components/pdfs/round_bale.pdf). Sad am I to see that the most similar to the Red River model has a lot of waste. They recommend (as Choco Mare mentioned) using the Cinch Chix net in conjuction with another feeder for best results.

JB
May. 15, 2012, 11:41 AM
LOLOL, yeah, I can see that. There are open-top ones as well.

This one has solid sides (there are several brands that look like this), but of course a horse could tip himself into it, or lay down and hook a leg through a foot ;) http://www.priefert.com/ProductDetails/feeders-241/horse-feeders-550/rbfh


This link looks at quite a few types of feeders
http://www.extension.umn.edu/horse/components/pdfs/round_bale.pdf