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Ideas to secure feed bucket for field boarded horse

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  • Ideas to secure feed bucket for field boarded horse

    One of the loves of my life, a 5 year old OTTB, has it out for his feed bucket. Every morning, and every night. He's on field board, and does very well, except for this issue. At another farm where there was 3 board fencing, I first tried one of those 'hook over' plastic feed bins, and it was on the highest board, as he tended to try to knock it with his front feet at lower levels (he could still reach it easily, as he's a very tall boy). He would push about 75% of his grain out onto the ground, decided he couldn't get what was on the ground in the grass, eat what was left in his bin, and then run off to play with his friends. We've since changed farms. Have PVC fencing now, so don't want to use the hook overs. Tried the shallow low rubber feed tubs. Knocked grain everywhere. Got the deeper rubber pan. Same thing. Then drilled holes in side of deeper rubber pan and secured it to fence post. FIgured out how to get front feet in there and would again, knock everything everywhere. Got a BIG black bucket. Drilled holes to secure it to fence post, and then secured 6 (yes, 6) giant rubber bungees around bucket. Had it off in 2 days. Tried a truck floor mat with lips around the edge. More stepping on and stomping food. Tried a bucket in a tire. Got bucket out and tossed grain everywhere.

    I am at my wits end with this horse... he's so sweet and kind, but he's just not getting all his grain, much less the pricey supps he gets. Has anyone ever made something to fix this problem for a similar horse? Maybe I should just buy one of those huge fancy cement planters and he can eat out of that.. LOL

  • #2
    Get one of those creep feeders that have the bars you can adjust. Adjust it so it is big enough for his muzzle and attach to fence somehow.


    • #3
      Could you try a nosebag?
      Also, not sure it'd be any better than what you've been doing, but I've fed horses from the 50gal rubbermaid water tubs, they seem to be harder to tip as they are longer and shallower.

      Otherwise, a cement planter may be just the thing! lol


      • Original Poster

        I do have an extra 50 gal tub.. my only worry is that he'll try to get IN it! haha but doesn't hurt to try.. might be comical too. The creep feeder might be a possibility as well.. my only concern is how to attach it to the PVC.. would have to get pretty creative with that..


        • #5
          try a tractor tire or even a big truck tire with a bucket in it.

          or....spread out a flake of hay under the feed bin and let the grain fall into that.


          • #6
            We use something like these- http://www.nationalbridle.com/product-p/1-2751.htm - to secure flat-back buckets to posts. DH made them so they're a little heavier with bigger lynch pins than those pictured. In 7 or so years of use, inside and out (we use them for water buckets too), I think horses have gotten buckets off maybe 5 or 6 times.


            • #7
              A tractor tire over a rubber mat? The kind of huge tractor tire you need the bucket on the tractor to move?


              • #8
                A regular 12" car tire fits most feed pans and buckets well. You can even buy feed pans that specially fit into a tire. I think Jeffers or Valley Vet has them. If you really want to foil the silly horse, bolt the tire onto a large piece of plywood so he can't flip it. (because he'll be standing on it, hee hee)
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                • #9
                  You could get something like this; http://www.discountcrowdcontrol.com/...-d-x-15-h.html
                  and plant it about 6-10 inches in to the ground !

                  Or - bolt one of these in the corner; http://www.noblepanels.com/corner-feeders.htm
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                  • Original Poster

                    HAHA That's what I need to find at a yard sale this weekend. I'm gonna try the 50 gal tub method tonight, and will be ready with the camera, knowing that joker.

                    Thanks for all the great ideas! Gonna have to try things one by one.


                    • #11
                      We've tried all kinds of things nothing works that great and saves time. I would be careful with putting a bucket in a tight fitting tie. They will try to get it and if they stick one of their legs between the bucket and the rim of the tire it will act like Chinese had cuff if you know what I mean and could pull a tendon, or something worse. There is a company that makes a rubber mat with a bucket attached the same principle that Deltawave suggested and I believe Valley Vet carries it. Just wonder how long it will last. We do what Threedogpack suggested a flake of hay with the feed on top but you pretty much have to do they same with the other horses in the field with him. Other wise when they are finished with their bucket feed they will come over to see what going on. When we have 15 plus mares together and there is a bossy one or two this works real well because as soon as they finish the feed they dig into the hay/alfalfa giving a chance for the slow eaters and timid to finish up their grain. I'll watch this thread to see if anyone comes up with a better way. With over 50 horses there are always ones with special needs.


                      • #12
                        I love the concrete planter idea! Wish they had those big enough to hold hay. My Irish mare plays frisbee with the 75 pound tractor tires I use as hay feeders, unless I tie them to posts.
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                        • Original Poster

                          Here's a good one for hay!


                          Or this.. wouldn't it look pretty in your pasture? Fancy fancy..



                          • #14
                            These guys have some neat stuff, including freezeproof stock tanks; http://www.theconcreteworks.com/cattlefeeders.html
                            Last edited by Equibrit; Jul. 22, 2010, 09:27 PM.
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                            • #15
                              There is one that has a mat attached to it and the horse can't eat without standing on the mat with it's front legs...?
                              Inner Bay Equestrian


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                                I love the concrete planter idea! Wish they had those big enough to hold hay.
                                They do.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by M. O'Connor View Post
                                    There is one that has a mat attached to it and the horse can't eat without standing on the mat with it's front legs...?
                                    Tried that with my fool of a TB, and he just took his time pawing all the grain OUT of the tub, smooshing it around on the mat, and then eating what hadn't made it into the dirt (that stuff the chickens got )


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Well I had some mild success last night.. I put the grain in the tub, and he spent his sweet time sniffing the tub ALL over (it did have a bit of a funny smell, but couldn't believe it would stop him from eating)... so to speed things up I put his tall rubber feed bin (that one was a massive fail tied to the fence) actually IN the tub, put the grain in THAT, and THEN he ate Still took his time sniffing it all, but no pawing. I think the sniffs were more important to him. But I think the next few days will give us the real answer if it worked... but crossing fingers!


                                      • #20
                                        I've had great luck using feedbags with horses that want to fling their grain all over the place.