Originally Posted by kassierae
Oh no I understand that. But there is nobody home all day to give free choice, not to mention with the way hay bales are priced it's just not economical right now. The horses are on my grandmothers property, and she feeds at 7am, turns them out with their hay, goes to work and doesn't come home form work until 5:30, and she feeds at 6:30 again. And I live a good half hour away from there, so driving out there more than 2-3 times a week kills my gas budget(My car gets like, 7 MPG, grrrrrr).
No one has to be home. We leave out round bales. It's very simple, and I only have to put hay out once a week! I don't stall my horses, except during feeding time (for their hay pellets) or if they're sick or injured.
Their wooly winter coats are even glossy with our current diet, and they weren't before on regular grain/feed.
Hay pellets around here run $13 for a 50 lb bag. About the same, or a tad more, than a "premium" horse feed.