increase the dimensions to 12 by 12 feet. A larger number of
foals will also call for an increase in size of the creep
It is advisable to plan the layout of the creep feeder in
such a manner that the foals will be able to gain access –
and also leave – from at least two sides. The actual size of
the opening as well as the measurable height of the creep
itself depends in large part on the foals’ ages as well as
sizes. Since these vary, many horse owners who are designing
and building their own feeders have chosen to make these
parameters adjustable to fit the needs of their animals. If
you are uncertain, the general rule of thumb dictates that
four feet are considered a normal opening. To prevent the
mares from reaching the feed tub, it is considered a good
idea to place it either in the very middle or in the far
away corner. To further prevent the mare from gaining access
to the feed tub, many a horse owner who constructs her or
his own creep feeder has taken to also installing a gate on
the feeder as an added security measure.
Seasoned horse owners will check their creep regularly to
find out how much of the feed is actually being eaten.
Additionally, they will be sure to examine the whole feeder
structure to prevent loose boards or pipes from coming off
or presenting injury hazards to the animals.
If you are ready to try your hand at building your own creep
feeder, you may wish to discuss the matter with your
veterinarian who will be able to give you a lot of input. In
addition to the foregoing, there are several foal care books
on the market that also contain plans for the construction
of a proper creep feeder. If you want to take a look at a
working feeder, you may want to visit your local breeding
farm for some ideas.