How to Build a Horse Hay Feeder

Two Methods:Barrel FeederTarp Feeder

If your horse lives outside in the mud or sand, they are probably eating off the ground. Eating off the ground can give horses colic or infections that can seriously put a dent in their training. Making a feeder for outside (or inside if you don't want your horse consuming small amounts of the bedding inside their stall) can be great for their health and is just a fun thing to do for your horse!

Method 1
Barrel Feeder

  1. 1
    Get a regular size plastic barrel. This means the type of barrel a cowgirl would race around.
  2. 2
    Lay the barrel horizontally. Cut half of the barrel off from top to bottom.
  3. 3
    Lay that on the ground in your horse's pasture are your horse has a fully functional feeder.
    • Stabilize it when on the ground if needed. Use two cross bars or heavy pieces of wood securely placed in the ground, on either side of the base of the barrel. Place the barrel between these, to prevent it from being moved or knocked over.
    • If you want to go for a fancier look (and more secure for the barrel) you can get medium size rocks and lay them all the way around the feeder. This will ensure that it doesn't roll away or that your horse doesn't try to play ball with it.

Method 2
Tarp Feeder

If your horse isn't afraid of a tarp, this could work work for you as a very easy and quick solution.

  1. 1
    Lay the tarp out of the ground.
  2. 2
    Place some rocks (or wood) to underneath the very edges of the tarp. Align the rocks or heavy wood so that the edges of the tarp are raised up an inch or two from the ground.
  3. 3
    Add the horse's hay. With one very simple solution, you have a fully functional, multiple horse feeder.
    • Tarp may rot in wet conditions, so change it when you see signs of this occurring.


  • If you have an old laundry basket, this can also be used as a feeder.


  • Make sure any rocks or wood used in the making are not sharp and cannot cause damage to your horse.

Things You'll Need

  • A barrel or a tarp
  • Cutting tools for the barrel
  • Bars, pieces of wood or rocks for stabilizing the feeders

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