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  1. #1
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    Default Securing a round hay bale feeder to posts?

    Our round bale feeder is situated underneath the overhang of our barn.... it rests against two posts, and I am wondering if anyone has any ideas for securing it to those two posts so my horse can't move it around. I was thinking bungee chords but it's going to need to be something pretty hefty...
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  2. #2
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    Not bungee cords, those will break and the resulting "TWANG" could leave a hook embedded in your horse.

    Get a length of chain for each post and snug up the feeder to each post - secure with one of those links with a little screw thing. Your hardware store can cut the length you need, just measure with twine or something so you know what you need.



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    oops, got a double post.



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    If it has a bale in it, it's not going anywhere.

    PS: Horses and bungees are always and forever a dangerous proposition.



  5. #5
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    Bungees are terrible for nearly everything.

    Chain, rope, giant cable ties could all be good options, depending on how often you need to move it.

    If it needs to move for weekly refills put an eyebolt into the posts and make a short chain with a clip on the end so it's easy.



  6. #6
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    My horses can and will move my RB feeder IF the bale is low. But it has to be pretty low for that to happen. The last two bales I put out, the feeder was completely pushed off the pallet that the bale sat on. The horses must have had a marathon eating session overnight/during the next day because the hay didn't look all that low when I checked it. Next day, it was gone and feeder moved.

    And nope, don't use bungee cords! Katarine and I took our horses to a clinic and my horse had a brain fart, sat back and backed up on the my fancy dancy new bungee trailer tie - twang! (as someone else said). We were all lucky we didn't lose an eye! Nope. Never again.
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  7. #7
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    Thank you everyone!! My mare can scoot it around slightly after about a week and once it's low she can move it all over the place.

    I got two pieces of chain, clips for the end, and eye hooks - worked like a charm and as of this AM had not moved (bale is almost gone)

    Thanks so much for the tips - glad I didn't use bungees!
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  8. #8
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    we use lots of baling twine from the square bales to secure ours to posts, so far none of the horses have been able to move them.



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