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post #1 of 23 Old 01-05-2010, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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how long?

We have always fed square bales, but we just got our first round bale. The bale weighs about 1000#. We have three geldings : 6 yr old 1200#, 7 yr old 1000#, 1.5 yr old 800#. They are all healthy and in good weight. The temps here range from 25F-10F there is some wind as well. Ther have a shelter and pine trees. How long will the bale last do you suppose? I know they waste more of the rounds. I just am wondering what to expect.
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-05-2010, 11:56 AM
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With 3 horses on it, probably 2 weeks. If that.

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post #3 of 23 Old 01-05-2010, 12:02 PM
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If there is no bale feeder - a few days. They will tear it apart for the 'good' stuff. They will use the rest to lay in and as a bathroom.

With our feeders, a 1000 pound bale lasts 4 geldings a week in moderate temps.
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I would put down a tarp or mat under it so it dosent get muddy. I would say anywere from a week to two weeks, it really depends on the individual horse. It there is hay out they are going to eat it, probably constantly.
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I use a hay ring one made for horses, if you get one that has a ring about 4 ft off the ground its made for cows. Horses can use them they usually with rub their withers and mane off if you use one of them.
I have 3 full drafts and a roll will last about 6 days with the cold weather we are having (for Florida its cold)
If you get a hay ring about $250.00 they won't mess up as much of the hay. I also put a pallet under the roll to keep it off the ground (its not perfect but it helps) that way if it rains the roll is somewhat off the ground.
They do pull some of the hay out of the ring and but not that much it's worth having one. Look on your local craigs list you might can find a used one cheaper, probably have better luck finding a used one in the summer, this time of year everybody that has one is using it.
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Our round bales last a week.
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post #7 of 23 Old 01-05-2010, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486 View Post
I would put down a tarp or mat under it so it dosent get muddy.
That would trap the moisture and cause the bale to mold.
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post #8 of 23 Old 01-05-2010, 01:54 PM
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^^ it might but I dont know horses who eat every scrap of these bales, and by the time they get to the bottom you should be getting a new one anyway. i'd rather have it on a tarp then sitting in a muddy pasture absorbing the water from the ground.
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If you know your herd, you know how they eat and how often you will be putting bales out. Our horses are able to clean up the bales as we only feed good hay. A questionable bale is fed to the cattle, returned to the supplier or burned.

We've been feeding round bales for over 15 years. Our feeders are specifically made for horses. "Tombstone" style so no rubbing of mane. Welded wire mesh to allow air flow
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post #10 of 23 Old 01-05-2010, 02:00 PM
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It depends on your horse, we have three eating one here with no hay feeder at the house and even in the cold it has lasted 2 weeks and we probably have another week on it. Most horses the longer they eat round bales the less they waste. We normally put ours where there is decent drainage so the water runs away from it, but when it gets to the bottom we have a new one out so its not a big deal for the bottom to be soggy.
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