View Full Version : 101 uses for empty feed sacks
27th Sep 2002, 07:54 AM
Someone said it couldn't be done, so lets start this topic :)
1. Polypropylene sacks - cut the bottom off and turn it into a cheap neck rug
2. cut into strips to mark wire fencing (flags)
3. saddle dust cover
4. gumboot bag (cut the top off for size)
5. car boot liner
6. weed sack - drag it rather than lumping a wheelbarrow around
7. jute sacks - excellent quarter rugs,
8. quick 'cool down' rug for back and quarters - slice 2 jute sacks and then sow together - use a bailing twine fillet string and chest string (or use an elastic girth) - jute breaths well and makes the coat shine
well there's my start - must be more...
27th Sep 2002, 01:52 PM
9. Put haynets/hay bales in when transporting them in your car..saves hours hoovering the car out afterwards!
10. We use them to transport grass cuttings to the dump (cant stick garden waste in the dustbin now..bloody council!!)
11. We also use them to put leftover bits of hay in to use in the rabbit hutches.
12. Both plastic and paper sacks are excellent for kindling!
13. If your horse has had one of those days and has driven you up the wall, and there's a handy plastic sack about.....
27th Sep 2002, 05:24 PM
We shift our manure in it to the dump.
27th Sep 2002, 08:40 PM
Musical Sacks game at Gymhkhanas!
1st Oct 2002, 08:23 AM
LOL that was me :P umm.. I use sacks sometimes for what tasha uses them for.. to put the hay on in the boot
Mary Ann Bright
1st Oct 2002, 11:59 PM
we used to fill the empty bags with manure and give them to people for their gardens
Harness racehorse jog carts often have an empty feed bag as the dust sheet to stop the driver getting a face full of dirt.
For some reason my dog loves to sleep on hessian bags- empty or full :)
12th Oct 2002, 07:54 AM
14) Use it to keep carrots in
15) Use it to keep apples in
16) bell boots
18)to put muddy boots in
20)erm.. to put feed in lol
Mary Ann Bright
13th Oct 2002, 03:40 AM
21. Don't know what it's called, but some pepole use hessian bags folded over to use a that 'collar' when teaching foals to tie up, to take pressure off the halter and distribute it evenly.
25th Oct 2002, 09:37 AM
22. get blue bags and put them flat under the jump to make a blue water fake jump! it works! i've tried it because blue would'nt go through water and she does now!
25th Oct 2002, 09:39 AM
got another one
23. put string in after you have cut the bales put it in the bag! then just take them when you want!
24.put your rubbish in! stuff you don't want!:D
thats all for now!!!
25th Oct 2002, 11:47 AM
unnumbered ones make up another 5
anyone got number 30?
25th Oct 2002, 03:33 PM
30.you could put holes in the bottom and put hay in it and then poor water into it to soak hay!
there you go!!! number 30 done! ok another 71 togo!lol!
virtuallyhorses - i don't think we can do 101!!! lol!
25th Oct 2002, 04:24 PM
be positive welsh mountain !
we WILL get 101 !
31. my mum uses them to put garden rubbish in !
32. a saddle cover in that dusty tack room !
33. rubbish bag at the feild !
25th Oct 2002, 05:11 PM
34. When training a kicker, tie a rope to one end of the bag and the other end of the rope to the horses tail..can also use gunny sacks but feed bags are much more economical :D
35. If you don't have a helper when starting a horse, you can take a feed bag filled with sand and put it in the saddle so the horse gets used to the weight..never used that but I've heard it works.
36. When applying hoof stuff (turpentine, reducine, polish, etc.) stick the hoof on it bag when your done so you don't get grass or dirt stuck :D
26th Oct 2002, 12:35 PM
37. if you have got an acorn tree (bad for horses) you gould rake them up adn put them in the bag!!
8th Nov 2002, 12:39 AM
38. You can put your expensive perfectly white show saddle cloth in it to keep it clean when going to and from shows and in the tack room.
39. Put it over your saddle when you heading from the stable to the indoor arena in the rain
40. Use some to desensatize your horse to weird things flapping about.
41. Give them to your mum to line the garden with, then put dirt on top, so weeds can't get through! (cheaper than that black plastic stuff!)
42. Donate them to your local pony or riding club, you'd be surprised at what 10 little 7 year olds can come up with!
43. Make jump fillers from them! Take several, 4 or so and cut a hole in each closed end corner, thread the top pole through them, then thread a bottom pole through the bottom holes! You could even draw on them with a marker or something.
44. Put feed in them when you're going to a show
45. Put it over your expensive show jacked and hang up in the wardrobe (cut a small hole for the coathanger hook to come out of! Homemade Garment Bags!!
Cmon guys we're almost half way there!
8th Nov 2002, 12:57 AM
Oh i thought of another one!
46. Cut it into small strips and make fly fringes for you horses!
You could even dye the material different colours :)
8th Nov 2002, 10:44 AM
47. When your horse has a foot abscess and needs poulticing, but is climbing the walls on box rest, put foot in plastic feed bag, wrap insulation tape around the top and bandage to leg with vetwrap. Turn said beasty out and foot stays clean and dry.
8th Nov 2002, 11:57 PM
48.use them to keep dirty winter rugs in.
49.costumes for haloween:D
50.make a rain coat out of em.;)
8th Nov 2002, 11:59 PM
51.my mate uses them on the stable roof to keep leaks out (it works) only 50 left get thinking;) :D
9th Nov 2002, 05:45 AM
52. When I lived in the bush we always kept hessian sacks in a 44 gallon tank of water to beat out fires when we were burning off or just in case of bushfires.
9th Nov 2002, 09:43 AM
53. Use them to walk over to get them used to strange noises
54. Same idea but put them over the back of the horse and rub them all over. Sounds totally stupid but it helps to bombproof them!
Keep going! We'll get 101!
9th Nov 2002, 11:08 PM
55.as a sort of carpet in your feed or tack room
56.to stack hay and straw on stop it getting wet on the floor.
57.use them as a window sheild to stop te sun getting into your car.
58.we have a yard by use that put horse manure in them and give them away.
59.draw on them and use them as posters.(weird but can be done)
60.use them to rap round an outdoor tap stop them getting frozen in winter.(allways works);)
61.if youve only got trainers on cut them up and wear them over your shows as a mud barrier.(never tried it but one day i will)
62.use them for poo picking when getting muck up of the fields.(ive had to do it a few times):(
63.use them as floor mat's stop mud getting on your moms car carpet's.(done that to many times):( ;)
64.use them as a sort of table mat for your horses feed bucket.(then they can eat in royalty);)
well thats all i can think of at the mo come on guy's we are nearly there!!!!!!:D
10th Nov 2002, 06:52 PM
65.USE THEM TO KEEP ANIMAL BEDDING IN.
66.USE THEM TO HIDE TACK PUT A PILE OF THEM OVER YOUR SADDLE A GREAT DISQUISE.;)
67.KEEP THEM FOR FUTURE REFERANCE ON INGREDIANCE AND HOW MUCH TO FEED A HORSE AT A CIRTAN WEIGHT.
68.USE THEM AS A WALL PAPER IN YOUR HORSES STABLE KEEP UM NICE AND COSY.
69.KEEP SPARE BRUSH'S IN.
70.KEEP RAG'S IN OR TOWELS TO DRY YOUR HORSE.
71.PUT THEM ON YOUR STABLE DOOR SO IF YOUR HORSE KICKS THE DORR IT WONT HURT ITS SELF.(JUST AN IDEA);)
16th Nov 2002, 07:33 AM
72. Wrap them around trailer connections to keep them out of the weather.
73. I have friends who put them on the floor behind their horses while travelling to catch the dung
74. Wrap them around wire fences at the side of crosscountry fences to make them safer.
75. I have seen them filled with pumice or sand or whatever and piled up to make a jump.
76. Sandbags in a flood.
77. Emergency raincoat - cut head hole and arm holes
78. Windbreaks for young trees
79. I put them over some of my plants at night if there's a likelihood of frost.
16th Nov 2002, 04:33 PM
80.schread them up to make pet bedding.
81.keep bale string in them.
82.use them as a table mat in your tack room.
83.use them to cover hay and straw.
come on nearly there.
18th Nov 2002, 06:12 AM
84. We have feed bags with brown paper lining. When at shows the brown paper part of the bag comes in handy (at the stable at home too). We use it to cover the poultice before wrapping the leg with cotton.
23rd Nov 2002, 03:21 PM
52 Use one to cover the tow hitch on your trailer.
53 I also use them to cover the hay bales under the rafters where the hens roost!! Yuk.
54. Make-shift sledges in winter! Great fun but you need a LOT of padding!!!
23rd Nov 2002, 03:23 PM
Ooops, sorry. Can't count (or see). We're up to 84 now, not 54!
23rd Nov 2002, 03:25 PM
Ye Gods, what a mess I'm making of this!! That should be 87, not 84.
23rd Nov 2002, 11:34 PM
88.make christmas trimmings for your horses stable.out of them.
24th Nov 2002, 06:05 PM
89. My brother manage to make some into thigh-high galoshes yesterday...:rolleyes: :D
28th Feb 2003, 03:51 PM
I have thought of one...Lay them down on the mud by the shelter or by the muddy gate safe getting muddy feed.:D :D :D
and another got a new field shelter.. just before Winter
nAil the bags down to protect the floor then pull it up before summer so then your floor isnt all muddy he he
cummon guys that 91:D
28th Feb 2003, 05:13 PM
Plastic sacks can be used for wintersports. an empty sack is easier to carry up a snowy hill than a heavy sled.
3rd Mar 2003, 09:04 PM
If competing is your thing, use them to hold all your rosettes, sashes and trophies. Then it can be your ambition to fill it up, inspriring you to win more. lol :)
3rd Mar 2003, 09:07 PM
94. Cut two very small holes for eyes and put on your head. That will stop all that dried mud flaking in your eyes when removing muddy rugs.
95. Cut two eye holes in one and place it on your head if it's raining and you have no coat. Same idea if it's snowing :)
4th Mar 2003, 03:52 AM
Kyanya, not too sure about having a sack on my head :D I'm sure many would think it an improvement :D
but it made me think of number 96 - add a couple of bits of bailing twine to a polyprop sack and you've got an apron to keep your riding clothes clean when tacking up or grooming
4th Mar 2003, 11:40 AM
97. roll it round a section of barbed-wire fence and tie it on (with baler twine of course) to make a safe place to climb over
98. use it to keep other used feed-bags in
99. keep it in the car for taking empty bottles to the recycling bin
100 (stole this one from the Soaking hay thread) - use it for steaming hay...
There must be one more...:D
4th Mar 2003, 05:23 PM
Cut a sack open, then sew it up again so it is just wide enough and long enough to cover the calf of your leg and the bottom of your jodhpur boots. Then wriggle into this. The idea is to create a cheap, makeshift pair of half-chaps. I mean why pay £30 + for something you can make easily and cheaply, whilst doing your bit for the environment :)
The beauty of these is that if they get muddy, chuck them away and start again. They could be useful for if you are wearing your showing jods but need to go through mud, as mud and cream/white/beige are a prettty nasty combination.
Well, if that idea is good enough *hopes* that's our 101 ideas of what to do with empty feed sacks. Somebody should write them all up in a beautiful word document, then post it on a main forum and show the others have clever we are here on the 'Money Saving Ideas, Tips and Remedies' board. And of course, everybody who made a suggestion should be given credit, with all the names beside the idea.
I would love to do this, but sadly I do not have enough time :(
If anyone else has the inspiration to do this, good luck :) and have fun, of course :)!
4th Mar 2003, 05:51 PM
I'll do it!
Put it in a word document, i mean!
I'll post i on the general page so everyone can see it
12th Jul 2003, 03:34 PM
I don't know if anyone already said this but
102. Use it as a saddle pad type thing
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