There are plenty of feeders you can purchase, but a DIY horse hay feeder gives you room to customize it. You can adjust your slow feeder to accommodate the type of hay you feed and the height of your horse and allow it to match your aesthetic. Follow these easy tutorials (with videos!) to create a hay feeder your horses will love.
1. Simple Pallet DIY Hay Feeder
Pallets are easy to come by, and this DIY horse feeder only requires three of them. This design is incredibly easy to fill. Plus, it’s not hard to move. You’ll want to be sure to smooth out any sharp or rough edges to keep your horses safe.
Ensure that any hay feeder you make is stable so it won’t tip over while your horses feed.
2. 5-Minute DIY Horse Slow Feeder
If you’re on a budget and don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to building a horse hay feeder, this tutorial is for you. It’s a great option to reduce waste while keeping your horse from eating too much too quickly.
3. Repurposed Barrel Horse Slow Feeder
Used food barrels have many possibilities when it comes to their second life, and we love the idea of turning one into a slow feed for horses. The trickiest part of this DIY project is locating a barrel, but it’s really not too hard to come by these.
Making and hanging a few hay feeders is a great idea, especially if you notice your animals becoming competitive during feeding time. Giving them numerous feeders can help reduce this bullying.
4. Super Cheap DIY Hay Feeder
Hay feeders can go for hundreds of dollars, which is why these $15 DIY feeders are a goldmine. They keep your horse’s feed elevated off the ground and don’t take long to make. They don’t hold a whole bale, but you can split your hay up between a few or reserve these for smaller livestock.
Remember to always use food-grade barrels that contained non-toxic materials for any DIY you use. Always clean and disinfect them thoroughly before you start.
5. DIY Hay Feeder Ring From Pallets
Hay rings are a great feeding option that will save you money in the long run by minimizing your hay waste. But you can also save money initially by making your own hay ring instead of buying one. This tutorial uses several pallets secured in a ring. We think it looks great!
DIY Horse Hay Feeders That Are Well Worth It
DIY feeders are a cost-effective option when made well. Be mindful of the supplies you use to ensure they’re durable, safe, and non-toxic to keep your hoses safe. And for your safety, make sure they’re easy to fill and clean. With the right design and approach, you can save a ton of money and hay.