Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Messy

No matter how neatly you place the hay in the the food troughs...

...horses always find a way to mess it up.

They throw all the grass out on the ground in order to find tidbits of alfalfa at the bottom, thwarting all your efforts too keep them from eating off the ground and picking up dirt and sand in the process.

They throw it all over you.

They throw it through the fence into the manure pile.

Somebody get me a bib!

Can you guess who made this mess along my fence?

20 comments:

Lulu said...

They seriously pile their crap RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR FENCE?? Ok, maybe it would be one thing if you had a privacy fence and could not see it....how unreal!

My horses make a mess of their feed too. Silly ponies!

Breathe said...

Well, given that the neighbors are setting such a bad example, it's no wonder they are messy eaters.

:)

Kate said...

Any possibility of a solid fence between you and your neighbors?

Looks like really nice hay - too bad they always waste some! LOL! There isn't any good solution to this problem, I think.

Once Upon an Equine said...

Marley does the same thing. Tosses the hay out looking for the orchard grass which seems to be his preference. What messy eaters they are. Good thing they don't care about the 5 second rule. Hmmm? Might that be a neighbor's pile next to your fence? Or is it on your property?

Fantastyk Voyager said...

LOL, yes, the best hay is always on the bottome.

Are your neighbors getting ready for a yard sale or a ski trip?

lytha said...

hey, you have very green hay: )

have you heard of those nibble nets? they make the horses slow down to eat cuz the netting is so close, and they have a hard time wasting any.

i don't know if you want your horses to slow down though - i certainly don't - i want to make it as easy as possible to stuff face: ) (but my horse gets freechoice hay and i don't think yours do.)

ah, look, someone made a youtube vid of a horse eating from one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uou68UcYtzM

~lytha

Katharine Swan said...

LOL. Panama is a big mess-maker at mealtimes! At his old barn, where he was stalled at mealtimes (which is nice because he didn't have to compete for food), they would put his hay in a feeder -- and he'd promptly take it all down!

Sydney said...

Currently my University is doing studies and they are talking about when you feed your horse putting either a large mesh grate right on top of the hay or a board with lots of big holes in it. No horses in the experiment have attempted or thought of lifting the grates and they eat slower because they must pull chunks through the holes, kind of like a hay net but without the problems like it being tied up high or being dangerous for feet.

Paint Girl said...

Horses are so funny, they just have to get to that loose, leafy stuff first!
Looks like your neighbor is leaving more junk around! Isn't that lovely!

Reddunappy said...

Its ugly, but maybe the more crap they pile up the less they will be able to see you LOL
well it is a different angle to look at it?

Callie said...

Mine throw hay all over the place! Yikes on the shit left by the neighbors, I'd be pissed!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Yes, that's my neighbors' junk piled up against my fence. They pulled it all out of a U-Haul truck that's been parked up against the fence since they moved in three years ago, and then they lent the truck to someone. That truck was the only privacy barrier I had between me and them, ugly as it was to look at.

As far as fencing goes, it has to be something the horses won't eat. In other words, not wood. I love masonry, both brick and stone, but can't afford it. I can't put in the fence myself, because the ground is so hard that I couldn't even dig a hole to plant the hedge there. I could try zip-tying canvas to the chain-link, but will have to cut holes in it to let the 80 MPH winds through or the whole thing will come down. Even if I do put in something solid, they can easily see right over it since their house is at a higher elevation than mine. Basically, I either have to run them out of town or I have to move. There's no simple solution.

Katharine Swan said...

NM, are your horses really that bad about chewing wood? The last couple of places I've been at, there have been wooden fences, and only a couple horses were ever bad about chewing on them. Panama's neighbor at my old barn was on stall rest, so she was cribbing like crazy, and Panama decided to try it out -- but luckily I was able to get him to stop by hanging around one afternoon and chasing him every time he sank his teeth into the fence. That was all it took to get him to stop. I'm lucky he's so smart and eager to please, I guess!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

All you have to do is look at pictures of my wood fencing. Before we covered the wood with chicken wire, we were replacing wood panels every other week. I'd spend my weekends pounding in nails and painting instead of riding the horses. I've been training my horses for years not to chew wood, and the only thing that works is a barrier between their teeth and the wood. I've tried tying plastic bags to the fence, throwing rocks at the fence to make it crash every time they take a bite our of it, yelling at them and chasing them away. I've given up the better years of my life doing this and I'm not willing to put any more time into it. Wood and my horses don't mix.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Well it sure wasn't your horses! gah! What a mess!

Why can't the neighbors put that garbage beside their own house?
Crazy!

My mare does the same thing with her hay. Not so much if we only feed her grass hay....but throw in some alfalfa and she's digging through to find the tasty bits. lol!

~Lisa

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Love the messy horse pictures LOL!! They definitely just like to get right to the good stuff!! Your neighbors are seriously disturbed!! And disturbing, I feel for you!!

manker said...

neighbors setting a good example for the horses, NOT :) But hay... looks like they're enjoying it none the less!

gp

Katharine Swan said...

NM, your horses sound like very determined fence chewers. I guess I got lucky. ;o)

Andrea said...

I love the horse pictures! But then that last one? Uhm...JERKS! Some people are so rude! But I bet that bed frame would be way cute panted black!!!

Chris said...

The world's best mess makers! I just 'love' emptying out feeders and cleaning out a waterer that they've suddenly deemed should be the holder of their manure!