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  • Hay feeder - Anyone use this kind

    I am so unhappy with hay feeders - I really have been trying to find one that will work with our big horses - don't want the metal around the bottom, dont want them to have to stick their heads really thru something.

    I found these and I quite like them, the problem is that I will have to import them - so before I go through all that trouble I wanted to see if anyone has used them and comments.


    Appreciate any comments - good or bad.

    thanks in advance.

  • #2
    I haven't used that variety. With Our Irish horses we have O'neil feeders http://www.oneillbalefeeders.com/
    We have 1 metal and 2 of the plastic. We had no luck with the metal round type as they bent the pieces that stuck upwards. The plastic O'Neils you can position them either standing on the legs so it is taller or put the flat side down and have the "legs" down and it not as tall (we use that way with the foals)
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    • #3
      That first feeder looks like it would be really easy for a horse to get a leg caught/stuck in there. Also mane rubbed off...
      Those are the 2 thoughts that crossed my mind upon looking at the picture....
      "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


      • #4
        These are what I have, and I quite like them. They are safe, easy to move and do save a ton of hay.


        In Use:


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        • #5
          Prodomus, I have the kind you linked to.

          I've one very similar--only two bars on the bottom sections, not three... and a second that has sheet metal over the bottom area. Or, I should say, HAD.

          I got the second thinking it was safer for foals. The sheet metal came off the welds after 3 years of use, and that was NOT a safe situation. Thankfully, no foals, just the boys were out with it. I've since pulled off the second section of sheet metal, and as soon as it weakens slightly or I have someone with tools to do it, third section will come off. Then it remains virtually the same as the open one, the bottom rails are ever-so-slightly wider.

          I like the open one because horses lower on the totem pole can 'sneak' from down lower, rather than all have to stand at the same level reaching in.

          I have had foals (and adults) play INSIDE the damn hay rings and no one's been injured... The edges are not sharp. There's nothing to really 'trap' them, if they want to put a foot in , or all four feet in, <shrugs> there ya go. I don't think I saved any of the photos of two of my girls standing IN it last winter. One saw the other do it and had to try it for herself... meanwhile the HAY was in a different area--the feeder had frozen to the ground...
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          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by sixpoundfarm View Post
            These are what I have, and I quite like them. They are safe, easy to move and do save a ton of hay.


            In Use:


            I have looked at those too - I worry that the plastic will break in the winter and then there will be sharp edges - has any of the plastic break.

            It is tough when you have 5-6 horses that are 17 +hh high and rough on things.

            we built some wooden feeders and for most of the horses they are just fine - I just have one mare that can destroy anything - It took us 3 years to figure out how to rig the water tubs so she couldn't destroy the heaters and tubs. Everytime we tried something - she would figure out a way to destroy it.

            It's her huge honking feet - size 7 and she is 17.2hh, an alpha mare and weighs over 1400 lbs - so pretty much everything is at her mercy.

            pinto piaffe - that is my worry with the metal attached sides -


            • #7
              We built hay feeders in our sheds -- wooden boxes about 3ish feet high, slightly larger than a round bale, totally solid on the sides. The sheds are high enough to back a tractor with a bale on a hay spike into. This keeps the hay dry and waste minimal, and we have never had a problem with horses sticking legs into it.

              I would worry about sticking legs into the kind you posted, OP, and I don't care for the solid metal ones for the reasons PP listed -- the metal can come off creating a huge hazard. Building a wooden box is really quite simple. You could even sink the corners with posts so that it was a more permanent structure, which I would do for safety. If a permanent structure, you can also improve the footing around with stone dust to keep the winter muddies away.


              • #8
                Adding -- I really like the look of those plastic rings that sixpoundfarm posted. If I needed something outside I would consider those. They look really safe to me.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by prodomus View Post
                  I have looked at those too - I worry that the plastic will break in the winter and then there will be sharp edges - has any of the plastic break.

                  It is tough when you have 5-6 horses that are 17 +hh high and rough on things.

                  They are both on their second winter at my house. One I bought used and the other newer. I have big warmblood mares, that bang and kick the sides trying to get every scrap of hay from the centers, they are not gentle on the feeders. We also have very cold temps, and I have yet to see a problem. Not saying it couldn't happen, but they are very tough feeders. I think they are made from the same sort of material that hockey rinks are lined with. I am very satisfied with them.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks sixpound - those do look nice. And it is very helpful to hear that they have survived real winter with real horses. . . I just emailed them for pricing and they are VERY reasonable compared to the metal ones we get locally and he says that includes shipping ! I am definitely going to try them.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by horsetales View Post
                      I haven't used that variety. With Our Irish horses we have O'neil feeders http://www.oneillbalefeeders.com/
                      This is what we use -- the "better than nothing" plastic feeders, not the elevated metal thing. Love, love, love them. I can move them by myself, no risk of injury for the horses, and they break down into four pieces for easy summer storage. They are more pricey than the metal feeder like you posted, but you save money in hay waste, because it really keeps it inside. My guys are in at night, so I throw a tarp over it for bad weather when they're in.
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                      • #12
                        This winter I decided to try round bales. After researching I bought a couple of these bale bags from www.bigbalebuddy.com I have been using them very successfully. I put them in a couple of pastures with 18 hand warmbloods and weanlings as well. One of the best things is the small amount of waste I have. Several folks cautioned me on the high percentage of hay going to waste when using round bales as the biggest drawback. This factor is mitigated. The bale bags seem very safe as well. So far I am really satisfied with them.
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                        • #13
                          Anyone use these for squares?

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                          • #14
                            I have the agriproduct round bale feeders that sixpound posted. Nlevie, you will love it.

                            For those worried about there longevity and winter holdup, mine is now ten years old. I purchased it when they first came out and we had an agri dealer in Rome. At that time, I paid $400 each and thought it was an exhorbant amount of money. Best money I ever spent. I have gone through nothing short of 20 metal or aluminum feeders in the other fields in the same time period.

                            While they arent exactly pretty, like a newly painted feeder, those feeders have withstood everything. And I mean everything. I have had a few horses go inside them to clean the centers, they push them, they pull them, I move them and flip them constantly with the front end loader. They are indestructible. Everything from drafts to the mini;s have had there go at them and I havent so much as had to tighten a bolt. They are safe and they are tough. If I am not mistaken, they came with a lifetime guarantee. I will never be able to collect for sure.

                            I like mine so much, that since I need to buy another feeder yet again for the front pasture, if I cant get another agrifeeder, I dont want any.
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                            • #15
                              I have looked at those too - I worry that the plastic will break in the winter and then there will be sharp edges - has any of the plastic break.

                              It is tough when you have 5-6 horses that are 17 +hh high and rough on things.
                              To add to snkstacres's review, the AGI feeders are awesome.

                              A friend of mine has had hers for about 3 years now. We're in MN, so it gets cold. And she's got 8 horses, most of which are 17+ draft cross foxhunting horses. They can make short work of a metal tombstone feeder, but the AGI feeders still look new.

                              I got one recently and love it. You can adjust the diameter by adding/removing panels.