Originally Posted by Appyt
in fact it depends a lot on hay
True. Stemmy hay isn't as palatable or as nutritious. And it causes that Hay Gut..
I've heard of people using round bales but limiting the time the horses can access it. I know one put it inside a round pen? Or something like that. Depends on the number of horses and their ability to get along as to the size. ;) Always "it depends" lol[/i]
i limit access to my round bales. At first I was letting them go for it whenever they wanted but that was when I first got them and they were severely undernourished and skinny. Now we have made up a device that is kinda like a huuuuge hay net made from steel lol they still have 24/7 access but they can eat much less and much slower than when they have easy access. And this way they don't stand in it, pee on it or waste any as this was a big problem for a while. While some horses might not leave any waste, mine wont eat the last bits that are in the dirt or whatever so I was constantly throwing out a lot of hay.
Another thing I have contemplated doing as the huuge hay net thingy works great but is a pain, is just putting out a bale or two worth a day. The main reason for the round bales though is that they are so much cheaper than buying bales. We get ours for $75 and a single bale is $20-25 here so it just isnt worth doing it any other way.