Different Types of Horse Feeders
Horse feeders are an important part of a horse’s diet, but they can also be an inconvenience for owners. For example, commercial feeding systems contain hay in one place, making it difficult for a horse to get to the food. This slows down the process of feeding, because the horse must search through several small holes before it can find it. Large holes are more effective, because the horse can take large mouthfuls and the clumps are distributed more evenly on the ground.
The best horse feeders are designed to meet the needs of both the horse and the people who feed it. Feeders from Farmco allow the animal to graze slowly and comfortably, just as it would in the wild. They also reduce the amount of hay that is wasted, as well as a horse’s labor. However, if the horse is fussy or has a history of choking, an automatic feeder isn’t a replacement for human feeding.
Alternatively, slow feeders are a great choice for overweight horses. These specialized feeders can hold up to a bale of hay or six flakes, and will encourage your horse to nibble on their food at a slower pace. In addition to the slow feeders, slow hay net bags can also be used for hanging in a corral. Slow feeders are beneficial in a slow feeding program because they reduce the stress caused by large amounts of feed. They provide horses with the nutrition they need without causing them any stress.
Another good option for a horse hay feeder is a pallet. This material is very useful for DIY projects and can be bent into a typical feeder shape. When filled with hay, pallet hay feeders are easy to hang from the side of a stall. Their convenient spacing makes them a good option for most horse owners. Once filled, horse owners can then place them on a fence post or hang them from a gate.
A horse nose bag is another type of horse feeder. These can be made of reeds or leather. Some are made of leather, but are often more commonly made of a light canvas or thick fabric. Most modern horse nose bags are made of durable nylon. They are also made with a solid bottom and mesh sides for ventilation. The feed can be easily accessed with a touch of the ground. If you don’t have a barrel, this option is a great option.
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Whether a metal horse feeder is for pastures or stalls, you will find one that suits your needs. Some horse feeders are made of stainless steel, but it is important to buy one that is made from high-quality materials. Old feeders are brittle and can break, posing a risk of injury to the horse. Old metal feeders can rust and can become sharp and abrasive. The sharp points could harm the horse’s face and neck.
A wooden box is another option for horse feeders. Unlike a metal one, a wooden box is much more portable. These are lightweight, durable and designed for outdoor use. Some models even collapse as the bale is consumed. A wooden box with large holes can make an ideal horse feeder. It also allows the horse to access the food without tripping on it. It’s easy to fill the playhouse with hay or other items.
Hay waste is another important consideration for a horse feeder. Optimal digestion takes time and movement. Feeders that restrict access cause less waste than those that allow access to more food. The latter is more problematic because a horse can put their entire head inside the bale and push the contents out through the top. A horse that has a lot of space to get to hay may also suffer from a condition called impaction colic.
Hi-Hog’s heavy-duty wall mount hay rack is the perfect accessory for stalls. This galvanized rack is 28” tall with an opening for inserting hay bales. The four’ Horse Bunk Feeder (BF04H) is designed for two horses in a pasture. The 10-foot Bunk Feeder is intended for feeding cattle and grain cubes. It ships FREE anywhere in the lower 48 states.