Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots View Post
So the farm I recently moved back to (was there for 8months, left and just came back) makes there own hay. But, they let the round bails sit outside so they get moldy on the outside. Usually the top layer gets peeled off before going out to the horses, but is it normal to leave them out? I mean the round bail that was just put out today has a moldy spot on the side but the horses are just eating through the middle to the good hay and are ignoring the bad hay. Input/thoughts? The hay on the inside looks fairly decent but the last bail (which still has some left overs) doesnt look so great but it's been pretty crapola weather here lately and the hay is wet but the horses were still eating it until they put out a new bale.
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Maura, this is what I read. Please forgive me for reading the bolded statement and being concerned about what the OPs horse is eating.
There seems to be a general misunderstanding that I'm condemning round bales, when I've stated several times that I feed round bales myself
. But I will not, and never will, feed rounds that have sat outside in the weather, as I feel personally that the risks outweigh the benefits of having free choice hay. I would rather have to go out three times a day to haul quality squares, than feed what I perceive to be sub-standard rounds. To each his own.
I also disagree that feeding poor quality
round bales isn't placing your horse at a higher risk for heaves. If, in your own words, dusty stables can contribute to heaves, how is it that a dusty bale, which your horse will literally stand with his head inside for extended periods, can't? That's just not sensible.
I'm not assuming anyone isn't taking good care of their horses. All I can respond to is what is posted here. I'm done, have a nice day.