How to Build a Corner Hay Feeder for Horses

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The purpose of a mounted hay rack and feeder is to keep your horse from wasting grain and hay by nesting in it or using it as a toilet. It is healthiest to build a corner feeder that is only about 2 feet from the ground, as horses are designed to eat off the ground. By building a low feeder, your horse can eat in a more natural position while keeping hay and grain in one place for cleanliness.

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Things you need

  • 8 - 92-1/2" economy grade studs
  • Tape Measure
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Carpentry pencils
  • Skil-Saw
  • Safety glasses
  • 1 box 2-1/2" galvanised nails
  • 1 box 2-1/2" regular nails
  • 1 box 3-1/2" to 4" sinker nails
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • 1 1/4-20, 4-inch or longer wood drill bit
  • 8 - 3" 1/4-20 bolts
  • 8 - 1/4-20 matching nuts
  • 16 - 1/2" 1/4-20 washers

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Instructions

    Building a Hay Feeder

  1. 1

    Cut studs into the following pieces: 12 - 24" pieces 4 - 40" pieces 4 - 22" pieces 4 - 14" pieces 3 - 25" pieces

  2. 2

    Reduce wood waste by cutting each stud as:

    1 - 2"x4" Mark and cut: 1 - 40" piece; 1 - 24" piece; 1 - 22" piece.

    2 - 2"x4" Mark and cut: 1 - 40" piece; 1 - 24" piece; 1 - 22" piece.

    3 - 2"x4" Mark and cut: 1 - 40" piece; 1 - 24" piece; 1 - 22" piece.

    4 - 2"x4" Mark and cut: 1 - 40" piece; 1 - 24" piece; 1 - 22" piece.

    5 - 2"x4" Mark and cut: 1 - 14" piece; 3 - 25" pieces

    6 - 2"x4" Mark and cut: 1 - 14" piece; 3 - 24" pieces

    7 - 2"x4" Mark and cut: 1 - 14" piece; 3 - 24" pieces

    8 - 2"x4" Mark and cut: 1 - 14" piece; 2 - 24" pieces

  3. 3

    Place two 22" pieces upright on a flat surface. Place one 40" piece on top of the 22" pieces. Nail flush. Repeat.

  4. 4

    Drive a 3-4" sinker nail between the nails on each end to create a rigid frame. Repeat, so that you have two separate frames.

  5. 5

    Stand up one of the two frames by laying it on the 40" long plane. Hold a 14" piece flush to the top corner where the 40" and 22" join. Drill a hole through the 40" board and the 14" board. Add a washer to a 3" bolt and insert it in the drilled hole, tightening with a nut. Repeat to add the remaining legs.

Tips and warnings

  • While eating from the ground is natural for horses, using a feeder can decrease feed waste and exposure to parasites.
  • When building your horse's feeder, sand wood to prevent splintering, and make sure there are no sharp edges on any metal parts. Your horse's safety is of utmost importance, and no feeder or stall accessory should put your horse in danger.

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