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post #11 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by kassierae View Post
Currently, no. Nobody is home between 730-530 most days. They get grain and hay twice daily, sometimes if someone is home and its super cold(in which case they'll be in the barn) they'll get some for lunch. I am working on changing this, but my grandmother is extremely set in her ways and stubborn. She is adamant that this is how it needs to be done. However, she's done it this way for 20(?) Or so years, with no ill effects. I know better ways are available, but this is what works for us for the time being.
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You could change this without having to change it at all (stay with me, it'll make sense in a minute) - if you use a slow feed/nibble net or similar restrictive feeding device you would not have to change the number of times hay is given daily, but would prolong the time it would last them and address any concerns you have about the length of time they are without hay if you are concerned. That way you avoid having to try to convince your grandmother to "change" so much.
That being said, I did morning/evening hay tossing and never had issue with it. It has only been within the last year that we've switched to the use of a round bale that enables them to have 24/7 access to hay. We would toss hay about 7 and again at 5 and the horses never showed any ill-effects.
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post #12 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 01:23 PM
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Yes, I have done it. Worked great, never had any issues. gives them something to do.
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Trust ne, she's even against that!! My cousin, my aunt and I have tried, given her articles and offered to buy extra hay and the feeders...to no avail. Were just going to buy a load of hay and some feeders I think and just stick them out there lol. But because she's 64 and I'm 23(even though I research, research, research!) Her way is better. She also will NOT use roundbales. Won't even look at them.
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I realized that I have been spoiled, LOL

Mostly I have been on a ranch and our hay was provided and or had plenty of pasture.

Before we left TX I sold my roundbale feeder, bought it new for $240, sold it for $200. My round bales were $75 and I only fed for a couple of months during the winter.

Thought we were going to be wintering cattle for the winter and we would be back in a ranch situation where the horses are fed. Lease fell through, managed to quickly find a place to rent for us, dogs and horses. Went to Big R to buy a new feeder...$600!!! uh, no. (handy husband is going to build some feeder boxes instead)Then bought some horribly expensive three strand bales to get through until we get a truck load of big square bales bought. I will definitely will be looking into the slow feeder nets and maybe the price of straw to keep them busy.

Thanks for the input everyone!
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post #15 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 02:01 PM
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You won't regret the nets, trust me. I was afraid filling them would be a pain, but it's not.
I hang them on fenceposts, spread out so they have to move. Since I have five different hays (call me nuts but I want variety), I put a net of each out.
They wonder around, picking a little alfalfa, then it's off to the oat, then some orchard and so on. It's almost like grazing
And I went from throwing 70lbs a day out on the ground and throwing away about half the next day to 40lbs and rarely any leftover. BIG difference!
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post #16 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77 View Post
Thanks for the responses!

montcowboy, I have fed straw and either a liquid supplement or protein blocks to cows so I was wondering if it would work with horses. With of course feeding with a good hay a couple times a day and maybe a ration balancer.

I know what you mean about it shooting up in the spring, one winter I fed wheat/pea hay and it came up everywhere! LOL
and i found they eat it up too. i think it was pea straw what i fed a few winters. when i found it growing in my stake pockets of my fancy ford pickup i about lost it..who ever heard of mowing your truck..lol.. but yes mineral block works. i think its just really short of minerals. anyways.was fun to remember back.thanks... ride safe
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post #17 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 02:59 PM
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I triple the slow feeder nets.
Mine are the Tough-1 brand and I only pay about $9. Well worth it to me.

While I usually use a slowfeeder round bale net I made myself, when they are between bales, or when I have to use small square bales I always use slow feeder nets.
My horse needs to be kept busy too, and if i throw out loose hay he will gobble it down lickity split, then be really crabby by the time feed time rolls around again.
With the small slow feeder nets stuffed full, he is still munching 5 hours later and no more crabby horse because he hasn't eaten in over 8 hours.

My small horse pasture is toast from the draught and I'm still fencing and cross the back acres, so hay it is this winter for us.
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I bought a Tough 1 slow feeder and had it hanging from the trailer. My gelding took one paw at it and ripped it apart. I think ill try to make my own out of baling twine and see how that works for me lol.
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I think I will invest in some slow feed nets and look into the price of straw. Hubby was supposed to build feeders in the morning but he has to haul hay tonight then haul cows the next couple of days(all that hay on a trailer and none of it is ours! LOL) and my carpentry skills are lacking.

I found some cheap ones on Chicks for $8.99, where do you guys get yours?

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post #20 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 09:59 PM
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Ok, I was mistaken on the price.. They are $6.95 and $7.95.
I will warn you that horseloverz are the slowest place on earth when it comes to shipping though.
Also, https://www.sstack.com/barn-supplies-hay-bags/dura-tech-slow-feed-hay-bag/
and while they are out of stock at the moment, horse.com/stateline.com has them too.

My horse treats my hay bags in an average manner, and beyond pulling apart the tucked “woven end” on the end of the tie up string, he hasn’t damaged any of the Tough-1s yet.
I’m not sure if you saw the making a slow feeder thread a while back, but I actually opened two of these nets up and sewed them together to make the top of my round bale net cover and they are holding together very well.
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