Build a Low-Cost Hay Feeder
Tired of seeing your horse eating in mud? Or wasting hay that gets buried in filth? Here’s any easy, low-cost way to build a chore-efficient feeder. We built three, one for each horse in our group pen where we are temporarily housing horses while building permanent facilities for them. Since we moved in this summer we’ve been feeding on the ground—not a very satisfactory solution since horses that eat in dirt or mud can ingest soil particles with their hay. Soil particles can potentially accumulate in their gut causing sand colic, a very serious health threat.

To build our simple feeder we purchased used plastic drums (55 gal), the kind formerly used for fruit syrups or other human food products. Ours cost $30 apiece and we purchased them at the local feed store. You may be able to find this ki

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