Feeders - Horse

Just as you need to plan for allowing horses out to graze, you should also plan for taking them in from grazing. Avoid rapid changes. Rapid changes of feed entail a risk of disturbances in the horse's large intestine, which can lead to diarrhoea, colic or laminitis. Allow the horse at least two weeks to get used to winter roughage.

A further factor in avoiding the risk of intestinal complaints is to maintain good food hygiene, even during feeding in the pasture. Trampled feed quickly becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, yeast and mould. Left-over feed should be removed from the pasture at regular intervals.

Using a feeder reduces feed waste and also the risk of contaminated feed – good from economic and hygienic points of view.

On my farm, with 200 horses, I reduced my feed costs by around 20% after I invested in a feeder! //Janne

How do you choose a feeder?

Depending on how many horses you have in the same pasture, the size of the horses and whether you choose to feed an entire bale or to portion out the feed, there are various types of feeder.

If you have one horse, or a horse that enjoys its feed and takes a little longer to eat it, Foderboxen (34-FHK05) is a good choice.

If you have one or more horses in the same pasture you can use a circular feeder. They are available with or without a tombstone rail and in diameters suitable for portioning out roughage or putting out an entire bale.

In order for the circular feeders to minimise the feed waste as much as possible, there needs to be an air gap of around 20 cm between the feeder and the bale, so that the horses do not pull the feed over the edge.

If you want to get the feed up off the ground and protect it with a roof, you can choose rectangular feeders - the grille gates can be opened and you lift the bale in with a bale grapple or pallet fork.

Important to bear in mind when choosing a feeder for horses

Even though horses all belong to the same species, there are many different breeds, and therefore different behaviours, from long nerve fibres to short explosive nerve fibres. You know your horses' behaviour and what is best for them, and in order to avoid injuries we ask you to think about how the horses react in various contexts where a feeder is involved.

The number of horses that can gather around a feeder is decisive for the size of the feeder and how many feeders are appropriate. Remember that the less space there is around a feeder, the greater is the risk of injury.

You yourself are responsible for your choice of feeder model, since you know your horses best.

It is important to follow the regulations of the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

We also have feeders for cattle - click here, and feeders for sheep - click here.

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  1. Feeder for horses and cattle, 1.25 m ø
    Feeder for horses and cattle, 1.25 m ø
    £230

    Circular feeder with canvas fabric, 1.25 m ø

  2. Hexagonal feeder with roof, 12 feed  openings
    Hexagonal feeder with roof, 12 feed openings
    £360

    Stable feeder without spaces between the sections or sharp edges.

  3. Hexagonal aluminium feeder with roof, 12 feed openings
    Hexagonal aluminium feeder with roof, 12 feed openings
    £410

    Stable aluminium feeder without spaces between the sections.

  4. Feeder for horses and cattle, 1.8 m ø, 4 sections
    Feeder for horses and cattle, 1.8 m ø, 4 sections
    £210

    Kellfri Basic. Circular feeder with strong tubular frame and four sections with sealed joints.

  5. Feeder with covered tombstone railings for horses, 9 openings
    Feeder with covered tombstone railings for horses, 9 openings
    £320
    Kellfri Basic. Circular feeder with covered tombstone railings and sealed joints.
  6. Feeder with covered tombstone railings for horses, 12 openings
    Feeder with covered tombstone railings for horses, 12 openings
    £530
    Circular feeder with covered tombstone railings and three openable sections.
  7. Feeder with covered tombstone rails, 12 openings
    Feeder with covered tombstone rails, 12 openings
    £370

    Round feeder with sealed joints and covered tombstone rails.

  8. Feeder with grille gate for horses,  8 openings
    Feeder with grille gate for horses, 8 openings
    £860

    1.5 x 1.5 m feeder with hinged grille gates and roof with protection arch.

  9. Feeder with grille gate for horses,  12 openings
    Feeder with grille gate for horses, 12 openings
    £1,070

    2 x 2 m feeder with hinged grille gates and roof with protection arch.

  10. Feeder with roof and covered tombstone railings for horses
    Feeder with roof and covered tombstone railings for horses
    £1,070
    Feeder with roof, three sturdy base supports and covered tombstone railings.
  11. Feeder box for horses
    Feeder box for horses
    £200

    Feeder with fine gauge mesh for small bales or loose roughage.

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