How long will the roundbale last? - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 08:36 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 153
• Horses: 1
Casey- Thats what I was guessing. Our 900 lb bales aren't that much around here probably $30 or $35.

Horses lend us the wings we lack.
capercowgirl is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 08:39 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,877
• Horses: 0
I love having a round bale in the winter, it makes my life so much easyer! And when theylast a decient amount of time, why not!
Casey02 is offline  
post #23 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Washington
Posts: 327
• Horses: 3
I wish hay was that cheap here. For the 1000 lb Timothy orchard mix round bale I'm looking at paying $60 for. Hopefully its of very good quality.
Posted via Mobile Device
TbLover is offline  
post #24 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 08:51 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 4,378
• Horses: 2
You can manage it in ways to make it last longer and reduce waste. Do you have the ability to have the bale in a place that would be able to be closed off from the horses periodically throughout the day and/or are they worked daily? Either/both will keep them from JUST standing at the round bale stuffing their faces 24/7. Using a hay ring or other feeding device and keeping loosened/scattered hay gathered and put back in/on the main bale will cut the waste factor and stretch the time it lasts too.
themacpack is offline  
post #25 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Washington
Posts: 327
• Horses: 3
I do have a way to close them off for a bit from the bale. Good idea
Posted via Mobile Device
TbLover is offline  
post #26 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 09:24 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,518
• Horses: 6
Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
^^^^^Wanna trade horses?
Haha! Although your guys are mighty fine looking,I kinda like my two girls..
countryryder is offline  
post #27 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 09:53 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,952
• Horses: 3
Originally Posted by countryryder View Post
Haha! Although your guys are mighty fine looking,I kinda like my two girls..
Can't blame you, since mine inhale hay when left to their own devices.
waresbear is online now  
post #28 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 10:30 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Posts: 6,324
• Horses: 2
An 800lb. Bale feeds mine for 6 days, 8 if I make them pick at the leftovers. This is in cold wet weather. Now it's sunny and dry it lasts 8-10 days because THE GRASS IS GROWING HERE!! Woo hoo! Hang in there people!

I second feeding portions forked over the fence, wayyyy less waste. My horses do look sooo cute napping in it though! Yesterday I couldn't see Rick out there and FREAKED. Ran out in the pasture and he was napping in the shadow so he blended in, he stretched and went back to snoozing! Heart attack.
Posted via Mobile Device
FlyGap is offline  
post #29 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Washington
Posts: 327
• Horses: 3
ours is starting to grow. I have a field i was checking onto day and noticed its a very easily viewable difference from the other day (grass height that is) woo hoo.

When do you guys stop throwing hay , or atleast not a much.

Im thinking april may, gives the grass plenty of time to grow. Do you think i have to wait that long?
TbLover is offline  
post #30 of 78 Old 02-22-2012, 11:51 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Posts: 3,440
• Horses: 8
General rule of thumb is that a round bale should last 1 horse 1 month. So three horses would need about 3 per month or 1 about every 10 days. Using a feeder does help eliminate waste. Just remember that the bales are usually tightly packed, so as they eat and pull it out, there won't seem like much is getting eaten until the end where it seems to disappear quickly. Not only will that vary with different horses, some are slow eaters and some are piggies, but the quality plays big part.

Honestly, I think it is better for horses to eat from small square bales than a large round bale. They don't have to stick their head as far into the hay to eat. It may be more expensive but the health risks outweigh that. One of our horses got heaves from having to eat moldy hay (we weren't aware of it happening until it was after the fact and not our decision to give them that hay). Since we've used small bales, his heaves have been so much better.

Another reason we use small bales is because we don't have any way to move the large round bales. With the small square bales, we can use a small lawn tractor and trailer. Or we would have to buy a skid steer to move the big ones and that's not in our budget right now.
Posted via Mobile Device
usandpets is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Its been a long hard Journey. (*its really long*) JackofDiamonds Horse Talk 7 05-16-2011 12:12 AM
Long time gone... but never forgotten **LONG** mysticdragon72 Horse Memorials 4 01-13-2011 09:21 PM
long long project to visit US and the reining championship zeny Horse Talk 7 11-07-2010 01:56 AM
Long, long, REALLY LONG mane: what's the secret? banoota Horse Grooming 50 09-28-2009 08:48 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome