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        08-02-2012, 03:03 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    Ha. My 4 horses went through a large round bale in 4 days. In the summer. Just a few weeks ago.

    You'd better stock up.
    Wow! A round bale (~800 lbs) will last our 4 stocky mares a week in the dead of winter.
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        08-02-2012, 03:05 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Agree with above to check the weight of the bales because I have seen them anywhere from 1200-1500lbs. If you buy by the pound then its no big deal but if it is by the bale then you want to make sure your getting your moneys worth. Also I wouldn't put them on self feed unless they need it. Have found most horses that are on self feed will root throught the hay more looking for the leafy bits leaving the stock or pulling the stocky portions out resulting in more waste. Also never like to see them with their head buried in a hay bale breathing in hay dust/leaf.

    I would actually like to look into some of those slow graze nets that I have seen on one site but not sure how well they would work. Eco Nets Small Mesh Hay Nets - Eco Nets: Feeding Horses Like Nature Intended ...

    Good luck finding hay and if your going to go and look at it see if you can see the field where they were baled at because if the field grass looks like it has lots of weeds in it theres a good chance the bales will as well.
         
        08-03-2012, 09:01 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    So my BO thinks the guys round bales are only 4x4 and 350/400 pounds. Which, MAY be a bit better and hopefully truce some waste. Am going to see the hay tomorrow so will figure it out. I just keep tossing it in my mind of how much to actually buy for these four legged fur balls!
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        08-03-2012, 10:16 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
    So my BO thinks the guys round bales are only 4x4 and 350/400 pounds. Which, MAY be a bit better and hopefully truce some waste. Am going to see the hay tomorrow so will figure it out. I just keep tossing it in my mind of how much to actually buy for these four legged fur balls!
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    less waste, easier to move but unfortunately 10 prob won't get you all the way through winter since as round bales go they are small
         
        08-03-2012, 10:47 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Oh nono I definitely was going to try to get 50 just to be extra safe. Weather that actually pans out or not well, we shall see.
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