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post #1 of 11 Old 01-06-2012, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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case of the disappearing round bale...

So we got our horses a round bale on the second- and since it was the first they've had in a couple of months we thought they'd devour it, but they appeared to be 'regulating' themselves nicely. When I checked two days later they still had a good 3/4 of the bale left so I wasn't too worried- but had a 'gut feeling' yesterday and went out to check before work and the entire bale was gone. Sneaky little buggers, inconvenient too- hopefully their next one lasts a little longer, we don't need anybody ballooning on us.

I think it's because there was a big storm over night, so they all huddled in the shelter instead of grazing... but still, sheesh!
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-06-2012, 11:34 AM
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You could get one of those huge nets that you slip over round bales to help slow your horses down. It's healthier for them anyways.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-06-2012, 07:36 PM
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I fed 17 rolls in 2011. Sometimes they go in a week and sometimes it last 3 weeks.

It's really hard to say, but the more grass is on the pasture the longer they seem to last.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-06-2012, 08:56 PM
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Wow... that's a load of hay! How much horses eat off the bale?
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Glad I'm not the only one. My 3 horses will devour a round bale in roughly 6 days. They just stand there and eat and eat and eat. Piggys.
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So we got our horses a round bale on the second- and since it was the first they've had in a couple of months we thought they'd devour it, but they appeared to be 'regulating' themselves nicely. When I checked two days later they still had a good 3/4 of the bale left so I wasn't too worried- but had a 'gut feeling' yesterday and went out to check before work and the entire bale was gone.
Keep this in mind....a new bale is fairly well packed/compressed. After a few days of eating and picking through, the horses have loosened it up quite a bit. It still looks like there is a lot of hay, but there really is a lot less. In the winter our mares finish a round bale in about 7 days, and during that last night when the hay is all loose, it does look like almost 1/4 of the bale completely 'disappears'.

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Gallop, I'm not too worried about it- if they were barn raised horses who'd never seen a round bale in their lives I might be, but they've all lived off of them, it's just been hard to store them this season.

I find the first one always goes really quickly- usually the three of them (two small ponies and my horse) will go through one in 8-9 days. It was just a funny observation, even though there's logic to back up why it suddenly went 'poof'.
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How big are your round bales ? Are the soft. Or hard cores?

We have hard core bales that weigh bewteen 1500-1800lbs.

It takes our 11 horses ( 4 drafts or draft xs and 3 colts) and 5cows about a week or two to get through them BUT so far our winter has been very mild (-5c to +5c) and there is no snow on the ground (normally at LEAST a foot) so they are still grazing. Everyone gets grain in the am.

If it were a normal winter it would take about 5-7 days at most for them to plow through it
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Wow... that's a load of hay! How much horses eat off the bale?
We have 3 horses that have it made. Brushed and fed twice a day, all the hay they can eat, and trail rode most weekends. The horses love to go trail riding and can't wait to get in the trailer.

The rolls are mixed grass, not sure what they weigh, but we move them with a three point hitch hay spear on our Massey Ferguson 135.

My guess is some where near 1000 lbs?

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post #10 of 11 Old 01-07-2012, 01:15 PM
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Has anyone used a Texas Hay Net?
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