A few days ago my stables got an anonymous phone call from a group of Chicago ladies who have a vacation home in northern Indiana. They said in the message that they go by our stables everyday, and they said they see big round things of hay (round bales) behind the fences, but they only see the horses with little piles of hay. They said that if we do not start feeding our animals right they will call animal control on us.
First off, there's tons of snow in the paddocks and it's sand not grass, so we can only feed them hay. Our tractor hasn't been working b/c it's a million years old, so instead of trying to push in the round bales by hand, we've just been giving each paddock of horses 2-3 bales of hay in the morning and 2-3 bales at night depending on how many horses are in each paddock and weather they're horses or ponies. We spread out the hay into piles. This way each horse gets a chance to eat. We even do this with the round bales. If one of the horses can't squeeze in next to the feeder, we'll pull off a section and put it out further so they get something to eat.
It shocked me that anyone would actually call about it because all of our horses are fat. Besides a few of the older horses, which are probably at a more healthy weight, most costumers that come to our barn ask me all the time if one of our horses is pregnant. (Especially our pony Max. I'm like "No, he's a BOY. He's just big-boned and pleasantly plump." )
So we finally got our tractor working and we pushed in the round bales. A few weeks later, they ate the round bales all up, so we started to feed them square bales again until the manager could come out and push in more round bales. Not one day later, and we get a call from animal control. :roll: I hope these city girls know who they're messin' with because we're good friends with the animal control people. Lol