Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
I've never seen colic or founder problems related to feeding round v. Sqaure bales, and assuming you have a good hay source, the hay is nutritionally the same...they just bale round v. Square based on their expected demand for each. Round bales do tend to grind up the hay a bit, but that just results in a little more waste.
For easy keepers, about the biggest problem that you could have is them getting fat. If they do, just limit their access to the bale(s). Our three mares (all easy keepers) will finish a round bale in 1 to 1 1/2 weeks depending on the temperature...fast enough that we don't have any mold problems, even when it rains.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
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