Originally Posted by nyg052003
i had a guy today say his horse and small pony went thru a round bale in 2-2 1/2 wks. I have heard others say it last their horse about a month. I also heard others say that you can control feed the way
This isn't quite true.
Horses are grazers and need constant access to forage like grass or hay in order to keep their hind gut working.
If you ration your horses hay and then give them a round bale, they will over feed for a few weeks as they aren't used to the constant access. Then they will sow down and trickle feed as they should once they realise that hay is constantly available.
So the first month or two is more expensive until they settle. Most people go back to rationing though as they think it's too expensive.
If your horse is stabled then, IMO you are underfeeding it hay judging from the pictures.