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Hay bar

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CountryCob · 22/02/2020 18:52

Hello, am thinking of getting these for horse and pony, if you have them are they worth it?

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RatherBeRiding · 25/02/2020 14:23

If your horse eats nicely out of it and doesn't drag the hay out and all over the stable and proceed to trample on it, then yes!

I went back to hay-nets because of the waste, but others swear by them. The time saved faffing about filling haynets was the attraction for me, but the buggers wouldn't co-operate with the concept of a hay bar.

CountryCob · 25/02/2020 22:54

@RatherBeRiding that is my fear, my horse is quite messy anyway so likely to make a mess and pony the size of a large dog so may not be able to reach into even a pony one. Think I will give it a miss as if they don’t go for it would be annoying...

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Pleasedontdothat · 26/02/2020 07:43

We just put the hay in a pile on the floor in the corner of his stable (it’s soaked so doesn’t fly around everywhere). He’s actually much better at regulating his eating now - we’d been giving him hay in doubled trickle nets but the difficulty in getting it out encouraged him to attack it as fast as possible, whereas having it more easily accessible means he’s more relaxed. It’s food, so he’s not going to waste it Wink

CountryCob · 28/02/2020 06:50

I think you are right @Pleasedontdothat if a horse get used to running out of food / having it hard to get to they do start bolting it a bit

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BumbleBeeFlower · 28/02/2020 07:19

I made my own version out of green garden bins with a hole cut in the bottom. Screwed them onto the wall so there is a gap below. Stuff them full of hay and pop the lid on. The eating position is natural but it stops them from dragging it out and wasting hay.

BumbleBeeFlower · 28/02/2020 07:21

Similar to this but instead of the three holes (I tried and they didn't work well) I just have one big rectangle.

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TriangleBingoBongo · 28/02/2020 07:23

As ratherberiding said I know a few people who now just use them to house their hay nets which seems a bit counterproductive.

CountryCob · 28/02/2020 16:21

Thanks everyone @BumbleBeeFlower that is genius and I have a spare wheelie bin, not sure I would manage it as neatly as you but for the pony it would make a lot of sense and only have to fill it once a week, hmmmmm

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SingingTunelessly · 28/02/2020 23:22

No wouldn’t bother. I did think it would be good for the corner of the stable and trouble free filling of hay instead of faffing with hay nets. My horse destroyed it and in fact made stable/dust allergy worse as it was so hard to keep free of bits of hay as they were trapped behind fittings.

CountryCob · 01/03/2020 21:21

@SingingTunelessly that is a very good point re dust

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