How to Make a Horse Hay Feeder

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Hay feeders keep the hay off the ground.
Hay feeders keep the hay off the ground. (Image: brown horse image by sasha from Fotolia.com)

Hay feeders can be placed in the stall or out in the pasture to allow the horses access to hay throughout the day. Using a hay feeder, instead of grazing off the ground, prevents the horses from stepping on and soiling the hay.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Tape measure
  • One 8-foot 2-by-4 board
  • One 8-foot 1-by-2 board
  • One 10-foot 2-by-4 board
  • One 5-foot 2-by-4 board
  • One 10-foot 2-by-6 board

Preparation

Cut the 8-foot 2-by-4 board into two 20-inch boards (Mark as 'A' - top end brace) and one 38-inch piece (Mark as 'B' - side pieces).

Cut the 10-foot 2-by-4 board into three 38-inch pieces. (Mark as 'B' - the other three side pieces).

Cut the 8-foot 1-by-2 board into eight 10-inch pieces. (Mark as 'C' - spacers)

Cut the 5-foot 2-by-4 board into two 30-inch pieces. (Mark as 'D' - top side brace).

Cut the 10-foot 2-by-6 board into two 30-inch pieces (Mark as 'E' - side bottom braces) and two 20-inch pieces (Mark as 'F' - end bottom braces).

Construction

Lay two of the 'B' pieces vertically on the ground 30 inches apart. Use a drill to screw two 'D' pieces across the 'B' pieces at the top and 10 inches from the top.

Use a drill to screw four 'C' pieces into the two 'D' pieces. Space them evenly apart.

Use a drill to screw one 'E' piece across the bottom of the 'B' pieces flush with the ground.

Screw the other two 'B' pieces diagonally across the original two 'B' pieces. Connect them where the bottom 'D' piece is attached to the first side.

Screw the two 'D' pieces into this second side across the top and where the two sides meet.

Screw four 'C' pieces into the two 'D' pieces. Space them evenly apart.

Screw one 'E' piece across the bottom of the “B” pieces flush with the ground.

Screw the two 'A' pieces across the ends flush with the top of the two sides.

Screw the two 'F' pieces across the ends flush with the bottom of the two sides.

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