I know I totally posted about this a few months back but would just like some clarification. I've moved my horses to a place where I do self care and therefore take care of my own hay. We decided round bails would be alot more cost effective and easier then throwing squares. There are currently 3 horses in the 2 acre pasture and one might be leaving which would only leave 2 horses during the winter. They're only on grass in the summer because the pasture is so big and they do well on it but want some clarification on what to do.
I know I've read that when you first put out the bails that they will basically gorge themselves until they learn that the round bail isn't going to move. Could this pose a problem for my fat pony who's muzzled during the summer for half the day? The vet said it shouldn't be an issue because is harder for horses to founder on hay and she'll burn off most of the fat trying to keep warm.
Second question is -when do I know when to start putting out bails? Should I introduce it slowly? (which I'm not sure how I'd do that) should I feed it once all the grass dies? It's in the low 40s this week at night and they're already starting to grow a coat. Is the grass still doing the job or is it time for hay to be set in? They're never cold in the mornings but I worry!
Also, regardless my mare will eat any type of hay. I bought some 2 year old seconding cutting for cheap just to use to bring to the show and she gobbled it but got tired of it by the end of the day. When I first got her, for 3 days straight she ate bale after bale nonstop. She's a vacuum. But with the two yr old second cutting I can imagine it tasting like nothing now anyway so no wonder she got tired of it. usually she's a hay monster and I have to muzzle her on grass now.
ETA- another somewhat random question. I had bought some 2 yr old seconding cutting to use to bring to my last show. It's good hay just not much nutritional value left or should I buy a bale of the same stuff my rounds are made out of? Especially because the rounds I'm getting are from a different supplier then what they were eating last year. I want to get a bale of the new stuff so she'll atleast have had it once before I just drop a round bale in there pasture but am always worried about her foundering or colicing especially before shows because I muzzle her usually except on show days. We leave too early for her to have a muzzle on for long enough.
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