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Twelve Days of Horses - On the Twelfth Day of Horses...

By December 25, 2013

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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.
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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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December 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm
(1) Christine says:

Hay bales can definitely be a great way to feed out! A few places I’ve worked, they tend to roll them out in an area where there are bare patches as what is left by the horses can help to break down and improve soil for future grass growth.

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