The BO was filling up the round bale feeder with a bunch of square bales til it was full. Then of course the horses would gorge themselves cause he would do that one day then not feed hay for a few days then kinda fill it and so on and so fourth.
So I proposed the idea to him that I would feed them 1 bale at night. They always eat it all by the time the next night rolls around and they don't waste. My only concern is that I don't want my gelding gorging himself and getting fat. Even though he has a muzzle on he can manage to get a few good chunks of hay through the muzzle hole.
So is a bale (30 pounds) sufficient enough for all these horses? Or not enough/too much? It's summer where we are so they don't need to stay warm but I wanted everyone's opinions as I never used bales I use to buy the massive squares and feed huge flakes.
Nobody has lost any weight before I started haying at night. Everyone looks in great weight.
As of right now I've been putting 1 bale out every night. One night I put out 2 and they didn't hesitate to eat it up.
I worry because I know (or so I've been told) that if a horse goes too long without eating it can cause ulcers. The grass is too short for my gelding to graze on overnight with a muzzle.
Help is appreciated :)
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