So my horse is in a roughly 3 acre field with 3 other horses and my mini donkey. He has rotation and I need to monitor his weight just to make sure he doesn't founder again. The acreage he's on is pretty grazed down but they still tend to pick at the grass all day. My guy is muzzled overnight. (4pm-8am) and during the day the muzzle is off.
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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