How to Make a Horse Hay Feeder

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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.

References

  • Photo Credit brown horse image by sasha from Fotolia.com
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