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  • Hay rounds sitting out in elements
  • Single horse round bales

 
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    12-10-2010, 09:22 AM
  #11
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Look into getting a net I got mine from ebay a seller called the net shed. That will miniumize waste

I don't like feeding one horse alone a round bale because of the waste but I would try it now that I have seen how well the net works

You can also build a round bale "feeder" out of wooden skids/pallets cut to 32" for a full size horse then "tie" or "wire" the skids around the bale. It takes seven to do a 6X6 bale
     
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    12-10-2010, 10:15 AM
  #12
Weanling
Ohh Peggysue do you have a link to that??
     
    12-10-2010, 10:18 AM
  #13
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This is the size I got and it is too big BUT you could make several nets out of it OR do like my friend did adn "roll" the bale up in it and tie it shut :)
60% off - - 10'x20' BRN BASEBALL NET, USED FISH NET#803 - eBay (item 280600637407 end time Dec-14-10 11:03:24 PST)
     
    12-10-2010, 10:19 AM
  #14
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"SLOW FEEDER" - 7'X10' ORANGE POLY NET, USED FISH NET - eBay (item 270668050623 end time Dec-22-10 13:09:48 PST)
     
    12-10-2010, 10:30 AM
  #15
Weanling
As usual, Peggysue, you rock!
     
    12-10-2010, 02:37 PM
  #16
Weanling
Usually it is xyz supplement, beet pulp, algae from iceland, cocunut oil from brazil, don't feed corn- feed this majic pellet, weigh all your grain, feed this majic mineral and electrolyte, etc....

But on your hay, buy a cheap round bale put it out in the pasture exposed to the elements, and let your horse eat on it for 4-6 weeks at a time!!!!

Am I the only one that thinks that is stupid? The most important part of the horses nutrition other than water, and you let it sit outside for 6 weeks at a time? Rd bales are designed for large groups of animals to be consumed in less than about 3 days. They are not an acceptable feeding method for feeding a single animal unless that hay is protected in a shed or is in one of the few areas of the country with less than 10" annual rainfall.
     
    12-10-2010, 03:30 PM
  #17
Trained
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Originally Posted by RedTree    
can I also ask a question, it still has to do with round bales.
If you were to buy bulk of them in the winter and put them undercover, they could last for ages, right?
Like they wont go mouldy or anything just sitting there?
Luvs2ride is basically right, but it really depends on the quality of the bale. If it is damp at all, it will mould, just like square bales will. The thing is that with big round bales, you can't see it until you get there. I never had a problem though, if there was a bit of mould my horses just didn't eat that. I put mine on pallets which helped quite a bit by keeping the bales off the ground and more air movement. I used old tires on ropes over the tarps.
     
    12-10-2010, 05:10 PM
  #18
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I am beggining to wonder if PA knows hay as well as he puts out...

Properly baled round bales are just as good nutritionally as any other local hay being outside doesn' t hurt them if they aer rolled properly
     
    12-10-2010, 05:14 PM
  #19
Trained
I've fed round bales before, but I usually peel them and put out piles daily. I almost fed them this winter, but with all the rain my supplier couldn't get me any good hay. He has a tendency to let them sit out after they're rolled until he bales next time. So I have small squares now.
     
    12-10-2010, 05:18 PM
  #20
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My hay guy goyt curious and tested three bales from three years...

The three year old hay was primo hay when baled everything was perfect that year

The twoyear hay came out of fieild about a week late.

The year old hay was cut earlier then he normally cuts this field.

Wanna place how the test came back?

Bales are stored outside in rows they have net wrap binding them

Remember he tested 3yo, 2yo and 1yo hay at the same time
     

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