How to Build Hay Racks for Horses

Written by mary lougee
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Hay racks hold hay so that it does not fall onto the ground in the feeding area and get dirty or wasted. The design of hay racks will allow airflow through bars or squares so that it keeps the hay fresh longer. A hay rack is useful inside a horse stall or outside on a fence or gate of a horse pen and can be built to use as a corner feeder.

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Things you need

  • Rubber-coated closet organiser shelves
  • Zip ties
  • Wire cutters
  • U-bolts with screws
  • Screwdriver or drill

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  1. 1

    Fasten five rubber-coated closet storage shelves together with zip ties to form a square with four sides and a bottom. Place zip ties at each corner and pull tightly to secure the joints.

  2. 2

    Add two to three additional zip ties for reinforcement along the length of each piece of shelving. Cut excess zip tie ends off with wire cutters.

  3. 3

    Mount the hay rack onto the stall wall by placing a U-bolt around each top corner of one side of the hay rack. Screw the two screws on each U-bolt into the wall using either a screwdriver or a drill.

Tips and warnings

  • A corner hay rack is constructed by forming a triangle with the storage shelves. This requires four shelves. Place zip ties at each corner on three shelves to form a triangle and use wire cutters to cut the bottom shelf to the correct size. Zip tie the bottom onto the triangle and add additional zip ties on each joint. Mount to the stall wall in the same manner as a square hay rack.
  • This type of hay rack may mount onto a stall door, on an outdoor fence in a horse's pen or on a gate. To mount onto a fence or gate use zip ties at the top corners and wrap around the fence rail at the height you choose.
  • Mount the hay rack at the correct height for the horse that will be using it so that they do not have to reach up high to pull mouthfuls of hay out.
  • Rubber-coated closet storage shelves are available in a variety of sizes to make large, medium or small hay racks.
  • Screw the U-bolts into wooden panels tightly and check for sharp edges. If the screws are slightly sharp, you can use a sander to smooth them so that it will not cause injury to a horse.

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