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The Better Bucket

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Double L's Better Bucket is an ergonomic feeder that is excellent for horses, cattle, and other livestock. The bucket's tapered sides cause the feed to funnel toward the back of the bucket, making feed and grain more accessible and reduces animal behavioral problems. The Better Bucket fits in a corner or on a flat wall and can be hung with either a traditional wall bracket or snap hook. The Better Bucket is built to last with a durable, impact resistant, high-density polyethylene with smooth, finished edges, and a heavy-duty handle.
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  • Angular design accommodates the animal's facial structure
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20 Quarts 19 1/2" L x 15 3/4" W x 13 1/2" H
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    The Better Bucket is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 160.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Large capacity! This really is the best bucket ever for feeding grain! They have plenty of room. No longer hitting their eyes!
    Date published: 2020-01-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from We got these buckets about 3 weeks ago and love them. We have a draft, a Percheron cross, and a thoroughbred/quarter horse cross. The reason for getting then is the draft choked twice in the same week so we had to elevate his feed. The large buckets we had were just too small for him. The better bucket is perfect! In fact, we think all three of them enjoy this wide open bucket for their grains. We notice less spillage. Highly recommend the better bucket!
    Date published: 2020-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really is a better bucket My horse gets a large amount of mash twice a day and this bucket makes feeding a much more pleasant experience for both my horse and the one feeding him! This really is a better bucket!
    Date published: 2019-12-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great concept, not great quality I have an older gelding - he gets chiropractic adjustments every 4 weeks to keep him in tip top shape. Everytime I would watch him eat and twist his head and stand awkwardly, it seemed counterproductive....enter this bucket. The concept is great, he can keep his head straight while he eats, there is plenty of space for him to move his head. It's easy to clean. Since we have cinder block walls at the barn, I don't have to deal with trying to hang a corner bucket. But after only a few months, the metal hanging arm broke. I've had horses for 32 years and have never had the metal arm on a bucket break. My horse is not aggressive when eating, he doesn't toss the bucket or anything. I was so surprised this happened. I've had horses in the past scratch their rear ends on buckets to the point the buckets are mangled, the arm never breaks. I'm going to order another one in hopes that the quality will improve.
    Date published: 2019-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My mare LOVES it! The design of this buck t is great! When I bought it I had the barn helpers in mind... for easy cleaning. However... My horse drains this bucket first, so cleaning out is a breeze anyway! Shes a picky horse and doesn't like to drink with her halter on because it hits the bucket. The open design obviously make her very comfortable to use it.
    Date published: 2019-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bucket I wanted a larger grain bucket that could be easily hung and removed daily to clean.This bucket is it. My horse can get his head in very easily without pressing his forehead/eyes up against the wall or hanger.
    Date published: 2019-10-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bucket for large headed horses My large quarter horse gelding likes to lose grain as he's eating, and then eats it off the ground, getting dirt, shavings, etc with it. I decided to give this bucket a try, since it's large enough for his head, and has tall sides. It has ended our grain to ground problem. I have ordered more for my other horses.
    Date published: 2019-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome bucket I have the smaller version, but wanted the large one for my Friesian x. It is lovely!
    Date published: 2019-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb bucket - ergonomic and fits draft snouts Have bought several of these, initially for our first draft horse since she cannot reach the water at the bottom of a typical bucket, and have bought 1-2 for each light horse,for situations when we must feed from a bucket hung on a fence or stall wall. The angle of the neck/head appears more comfortable (less over flexed) when they eat from these buckets.
    Date published: 2019-04-24
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Yes and No I loved this bucket. I have a five yo who is aggressive about eating his bucket. He likes to bang the bucket around a bit. I can’t use a floor tub as he paws it over and spills all his feed and supplements. At first this bucket was the answer to all problems then i had to duct tape the thing together in the back because he too experienced a big crack down the back of the bucket. I have just ordered another one as a replacement. I’ll see how that goes... the first one lasted about six months. The design is great.
    Date published: 2018-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bucket!! I purchased my first one of these 6 years ago and I have replaced all my feed and water buckets that are hanging in the stalls with these. In the old flat back styled bucket the horse would put their head in get a mouthful of grain and then pull their head out of the bucket to chew. This put grain all over the floor. With these buckets they keep their head in the bucket for chewing. The watch out with these is that they are no good for carrying water in. Unless you are real steady the big slopped opening will spill a lot of water on the way to your destination. Also don’t set them on the floor full of water they tip easy. But the really are the best for the horse to eat and drink out of.
    Date published: 2018-07-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from As advertised Mounts easily, plenty of room for horses head and good price.
    Date published: 2018-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good sturdy bucket Very large, heavy duty bucket. It also is very easy to clean & carry.
    Date published: 2017-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bucket! This bucket works perfectly with the Fortiflex Flat Backed Bucket Wall Bracket.
    Date published: 2017-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great design for feed bucket I ordered 3 of these and I will be ordering one for every stall. This is a great design and well made, heavy duty. The horses are able to easily get to their food and seem to waste less I have automatic feeders for grain that drop into these large buckets I can easily remove them for cleaning Best feed buckets I have ever found!
    Date published: 2017-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice bucket My horse likes to bite his buckets and after a month on use he has yet to damage it. I like the shape and it's easy to clean.
    Date published: 2017-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bucket I bought this bucket for my horse's hay cubes because he would end up with them all over his face and it was impossible to clean during the winter. This bucket eliminated this, and he is able to get all the hay cube mush from the bottom.
    Date published: 2017-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Access I have a horse with a large head. The regular sized buckets that our other horse can eat a supplement from comfortably was too hard for my horse. This bucket makes it much more comfortable for him.
    Date published: 2017-01-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The 20-quart size is too big for most horses This Better Bucket is a great bucket, and I had already found several at my local feed store... I was looking for one more to round out my collection, and wondered if SmartPak carried them. When I found this one, and so reasonably priced, I was delighted! However, it is only offered in the 20-quart size (at least at the time of my purchase), and that is way too big for a normal horse. Possibly appropriate for a big draft; I can't use it, and it doesn't qualify for a free return. So make sure and verify that it is the size of bucket you want. It's perfectly lovely in all other respects, and the price is very competitive. I do hope they start to carry the 10-quart size in the future...
    Date published: 2017-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Believe the Better Bucket hype I bought this bucket as a last ditch effort. My messy eater horse had already flipped every feed pan and the over the door and corner feeders and regular bu let's but he was still flinging buckets and feed all over his stall. This bucket is oversized and the angle allows him to comfortably fit his head and eat without flinging feed everywhere. The handle is long and doesn't interfere.
    Date published: 2016-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems to have helped my OTTB calm down Since he broke his last bucket and continued to thrash he food around, this product seemed worth a go. So, so good! It seems to have helped calm him down at meal time and reduced a lot of the thrashing of the bucket. He still gets excited and tries to toss the bucket, but only once or twice and the food stays in! After that, the design allows him to easily get his small/short head to the feed with ease.
    Date published: 2016-10-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge bucket! I had bought the 10 qt size of this bucket at a feed store, and was so glad to see that smartpak had the larger one. It really is a big bucket, perfect for my horse's hay pellets. I have the barn help supplement their oat hay with grass pellets, it should fit 4-5 lbs of pellets, even after adding water, no problem! I haven't been using this long, but it seems to have similar hardware to a normal 5 gallon bucket, so I expect it to last for a while.
    Date published: 2016-09-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome feed bucket Bucket design makes it easy for horse to get all their feed and supplements
    Date published: 2016-09-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge and wonderfully designed! I bought this a month ago and my horse is MUCH happier eating his daily wetted pellets and supplements out of it. It has a properly designed opening that is ergonomically correct for a horse's head. Perfect for hanging in a stall and letting your horse gobble with gusto! REALLY good product for an amazingly reasonable price!
    Date published: 2016-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My horse loves it! I bought the original version of this bucket when it first came out and my horse immediately stopped struggling as much to get the very last crumb. With the regular buckets, he'd struggle to get all of his food without having to toss the bucket around, making all kinds of noise and also cracking a few buckets in the process. He seems much less frustrated and can easily get all of his food using the Better Bucket. He finally managed to crack the first one when he tried to use it as a scratching post (seriously?!). The new one is a little bigger than the first and seems like stronger material. I highly recommend it to any horse owner!
    Date published: 2016-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product!! The design of The Better Bucket allows my horse to easily eat all his feed. I wish I had purchased this bucket a long time ago. The price is very reasonable for such a large, well made bucket, PLUS free shipping! LOVE SmartPak!!
    Date published: 2016-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent feed bucket A friend of mine had one of these for her horse and really liked it, so I decided to give one a try for a large headed horse I have. Immediately the bucket banging out of frustration to get every scrap of feed stopped. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2016-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bigger is Better When the box with this bucket came, it was about the size of a saddle. When I opened the box and saw the bucket, I hated it. This bucket is huge. Huge. The real estate in my horse's stall is not huge, so I put the bucket back in the box and grabbed the paperwork for returns. Not free. So for the 16 bucks I thought I could turn it into a planter. But before I did that, I decided to give it a try. I usually feed my horse his grain in the morning in a flat pan in his hay feeder. I mix the grain (& his SmartPaks) with water and it used to go everywhere. On the walls, on the floor and it made a big mess in his feeder & water bucket. Once a week I had to drag the feeder out of the stall and wash it out. I hung this bucket on a hook next to his feeder so that it touched the floor. Because of the slopped sides he could get his whole head into it, and the tall sides made sure almost all his grain stayed in the bucket and ultimately stayed in him. I leave the bucket there so he can finish all of his grain and when I get back in the afternoon I take the bucket off the wall, rinse it out and start all over the next day. So much easier than dragging out the feeder to clean and dry in the sun. The bucket does take up a lot of space but I think it's better for my horse and easier for me. I love this bucket. It is really a better bucket.
    Date published: 2016-06-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for Water I bought this because i needed a flat back feeder (but not a corner one) and couldn't find anything else. It works ok but it does get spun around the way i have it hooked up. I think it would be ok for water but wouldn't recommend it for feed if your horse likes to fling his food around, it's not as stationary as a corner feeder for sure. But it is durable and looks like it would be great for a water bucket. I use it for feed but not on my horse that flings his head in the bucket.
    Date published: 2016-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more annoying banging I decided to give this bucket a try as my horse managed to bite through the edge of his previous bucket. His teeth left a clear indentation where he bit the previous bucket. Once he grabbed the bucket with his teeth, the banging was on. He grabbed the bucket to situate the grain to one location and for attention. Sometimes I arrived at the barn to find his bucket outside of his stall. The banging was driving people crazy. "The Better Bucket" is aptly named. The edge is harder to grab and the grain moves to a location easy to consume. The net result, my horse no longer plays percussion with his bucket. He may be disappointed, but the humans at the barn are happy. Construction of the bucket seems good. Size is definitely large enough for my quarter horse.
    Date published: 2016-04-28
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