Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Range, WI
Round bale feeder vs. net, ponies and horses
We have two horses: 15HH and 14.3HH. Very easy keepers.
We also have two classic American Shetlands.
We may be bringing in a 16HH horse.
We've always fed squares but this year we're running out so a local farmer is bringing over rounds. My dad (the primary caretaker) decided he likes the convenience of rounds, so next winter we might switch to rounds.
With such varied heights in the herd, would you recommend a net or a feeder? I want to make it as easy as possible for my dad, as most of the time he handles everything himself, and he is 65 years old. (I live over an hour away). I'm also concerned with the horses (and ponies) getting fat.
We do not have a tractor capable of handling rounds, but the farmer is going to deliver the hay whenever we need it. (We get hay plus delivery in exchange for letting him use our fields).
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