Just thinking about this thing last nite before bed. That wouldnt work for me. My mare is alpha, she chases the horses away from her hay pile, so if she sees a horse eating the bale right infront of her she would chase them away. Id have one fat mare and two skinney horses lol. If the bale wasnt covered I double she'd really care if a horse was eating the other side of the bale. But with that thing she has to look at the other horses eating the top. She wouldnt go for that at all.
Well we got the big bale buddy today and so far we like it. The timing was great since we had to go pick up a new bale today anyway. We were able to put it on the bale while it was on the spike thingy - that made it pretty easy. The BBB wasn't too tight on the bale, maybe that's why they can be hard to put on sometimes. Little bonus - we didn't lose any hay on the 10 mile trip home since it was in the BBB.
When we got it home we just rolled the bale off of the trailer and flipped it upright, no problem. Both hubby and I are on the small side, but it wasn't hard at all with 2 of us.
Our girls started eating right out of the middle. They share really well. The material seems pretty durable, so hopefully it will hold up decently. I'll let you know how it goes.
Okay, there was definitely less waste this week. It contained the hay really well and the material didn't get torn up. However, since we had a big (for here) snow, it kinda fell over. That worried me, but the horses still managed to eat just fine. Might not work too well in an area with a ton of snow, but it is made in Canada, so it might be fine.
The only thing I don't understand is that they actually used up a bale faster than they did before. Maybe it made it easier to eat faster? The bale was gone after 9 days, without the bale buddy it usually lasts 10 or so. Not a big difference, but unexpected. We did remove the twine that holds the bale together this time (I thought we did before but I guess we didn't always remove all of it). I guess they didn't have to work so hard to get at the hay. I think our bale buddy is a little bigger than is ideal for our bale size - maybe it would hold the hay tighter if it were a little smaller. This probably contributed to the falling over too. Oh well, I'm still happy that there was less waste.
We still have to get our back up square bales for our hay loft. Just can't count on having the time to run up the road to get a round bale every week or so.