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    04-03-2013, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Even using a feeder, put the bale on a couple pallets. Keeping it off the ground keeps the bottom from getting knarly in the wet. Our mares will eat a bale all the way to the pallets with only a handful they can't reach right in the middle.
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We will be sure to use pallets, thank you.
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    04-03-2013, 07:53 PM
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The people selling the feeders are friends of my dad. They said once of them is a "bull feeder" which probably means it doesn't have the top bar. Something like this: Tarter 3 Pc. Horse or Horned Cattle Hay Feeder

Would that work? I'll be going to look at it this weekend.
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I'm a net lover . But I'd be very careful with cattle feeders unless it's only a ring.
The gaps between the triangles look like a foot could get stuck. And they can stick their heads through the bars.
     
    04-03-2013, 08:05 PM
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My parents are resistant to the net idea. I'm also a bit concerned because my SIL's horse is a complete moron when it comes to eating with hay nets. We've tried loose hay/square bales in nets and he ends up completely frustrated about the net. He chews through/eats the net and actually gets physically ill. We had the vet out and he thought it could possibly be early signs of stress induced colic. We walked him for awhile, took the hay out of the net and he recovered quickly.

I've seen plenty of horses struggle figuring out hay nets but have never seen anything like this horse before.
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    04-05-2013, 07:10 PM
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Round bales

My boarding barn has just dropped round bales. They are the main source for the pastured mini's & cows, but just as extra munching for the stall horses (including mine) when they are out in the morning. She has grain & hay. But how nutritious are the round bales ? Also, her hay has been so straw-like over the past months, it looks like bedding. I mentioned to the ranch owner that she was dropping weight & I politely said I wanted to give her additional T&A...He was fine with that but shortly after, I noticed he upped flakes for all his personal horses (he rodeos them) & my Grace. (Doubt it was because of my question- or was it ?) What do you think...(p.s. The mini's are thin now, pastured with little grass.) I have to tread very lightly with owners.
     
    04-05-2013, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
My parents are resistant to the net idea. I'm also a bit concerned because my SIL's horse is a complete moron when it comes to eating with hay nets. We've tried loose hay/square bales in nets and he ends up completely frustrated about the net. He chews through/eats the net and actually gets physically ill. We had the vet out and he thought it could possibly be early signs of stress induced colic. We walked him for awhile, took the hay out of the net and he recovered quickly.

I've seen plenty of horses struggle figuring out hay nets but have never seen anything like this horse before.
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hmm....I, or better my horses, had no problem figuring it out. I pulled some hay through the holes, have it sticking out, and all three took to it right away.
For the normal beginner struggle, I left some on the ground for the first week.
If your parents are resistant, go with a balefeeder for horses, as safe as possible. The cattle feeders are NOT horse safe.
     

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