On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...twelve hefty hay bales. If your horses live outside most of the time, round bales can be the most efficient way to feed them. There are several different types of feeders you can put round bales in, and recently the forum members were discussing the pros and cons
of each type.
Image: 2005 K. Blocksdorf
The conversation starts out with a warning about hay bags, which can be dangerous if not used properly and aren't recommended for daily feeding. Handling and moving round bales can be tricky too, as they can weigh in excess of 500lbs and often get damp and moldy on the outside depending on how they are stored.
In the stable, small square bales are easy to handle and divide up for feeding. Each bale will weigh about the same, so it's simple to calculate how much each of your horses should get. How much they will eat, of course, will depend on their size and workload. I've had horses that easily eat a bale or more a day, and ponies that ate a bale a week.
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