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  • Slowfeeder
  • How big of a dry lot for 3 horses?

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    11-28-2012, 11:02 PM
  #21
Trained
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
 
http://www.jefferspet.com/slow-feed-hay-bag/camid/EQU/cp/JTI-S1/
http://www.horseloverz.com/Hay-Nets/676450-Tough-1-Slow-Feed-Hay-Bag.html
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.
Great! Thanks!

I guess I missed that thread, I will look it up and read through it
     
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    11-29-2012, 08:58 AM
  #22
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Great! Thanks!

I guess I missed that thread, I will look it up and read through it
There were a couple of them and I forgot how busy you are these days so here are the pics showing the slow feeder nets and how I used them.
This "contraption" is about 8 months old now and is still holding up well.
The orange plastic snow fence base is getting a couple of small holes in it from the donkeys on the sides, but the netting is all still together.
One net is pink and one net is green and you can see the "seam" in the middle between the two nets, and along the outer edge.
Twice I"ve had to replace a short piece of twine on the seams, but it was just normal wear and tear.
(My critters don't keep halters or shoes on, so no worries about hang ups.)
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    11-29-2012, 09:28 AM
  #23
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We used to feed very good quality, bright green hay. Two years of drought in a row have fixed that. We have fed what we could find and feel lucky to get it.

We started feeding mature hay when we went to big round bales but always had good pasture to go with it. No rain for two years fixed that, too.

The last two years we have been feeding mature hay with a lot of tall dead grass in it. I have fed more brown and yellow Rye Grass hay that I ever thought I would. The dead hay comes in 'CRP' hay where fallow ground has been hayed for the first time in several years. It is a mixture of old standing grass and this year's growth. I tried it wondering if they would pick through it and waste a lot. They just ate it all. No problem.

The horses have stayed fat and slick and I have not had a case of colic or a problem this whole time. You could not 'fit' horses on this diet because they eat too much and keep hay bellies.

I have two pens of horses that I pen out of their hay bale from 8 PM to 6 AM and from !0 AM to 4 PM. They eat a little less, but still have hay bellies.

I would not feed straw. I have seen people feed it and they had impaction problems.
     
    11-29-2012, 11:14 AM
  #24
Trained
Thanks Lockwood for the pics! That gives me a good idea for making one if we get some big bales in.

Cherie, I suppose the horses adapt better to the change of feed than I am..LOL
We always used old dry Rye grass as a gauge as when to move pasture in the winter, you know the feed is getting scarce if you see the tops taken off the Rye. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Hopefully this year you guys will get some rain!

I am going to try the slow feed nets.
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    11-29-2012, 12:52 PM
  #25
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The way round bales are rolled, if you are going to keep them out in the weather, put them on their sides, not on their ends. The way they are made, rain will go through them MUCH faster if they are on the ends, causing the hay to spoil faster. On the sides, the layers are thicker woven, and the hay in the middle is better protected.
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    11-29-2012, 04:00 PM
  #26
Foal
I have five on 2 acres every other week.(release them in 5 acre pasture the other week) they get Free choice round bale hay fed twice a day with sweet feed mixed with daily dewormer, My horses are fat and chunky
     
    11-29-2012, 04:56 PM
  #27
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Originally Posted by montcowboy    
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..
I spilt some feed and grew a nice corn crop on my flatbed Dodge one summer. It got tall too! Stuck up higher than the cab. No matter how fast I drove, that corn just wouldn't blow out. It'd just lay back and hang out past the back of the truck till I slowed down, then it'd stand back up. When I hit the right speed it the turbulence would cause it to whip around and it acted like a broom, sweeping all the scrap horseshoe nails off my truck and onto the highway. That corn made a good conversation piece when I pulled in for a shoeing appointment. I got where I was proud of it and wouldn't let nobody touch it. Finally one day I was workin and it was gittin bout lunchtime and I had the forge fired up makin some bar shoes. That corn was ready to harvest, so I found an old metal air filter cover and JB-welded the hole closed, and filled it full of water. I boiled the corn on the hot forge and stuck some hot dogs in the forge for 9 seconds on low. Mmm MMMMm!!
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    11-29-2012, 05:09 PM
  #28
Foal
I use slow feed hay nets, too.
     
    11-29-2012, 11:43 PM
  #29
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Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
The way round bales are rolled, if you are going to keep them out in the weather, put them on their sides, not on their ends. The way they are made, rain will go through them MUCH faster if they are on the ends, causing the hay to spoil faster. On the sides, the layers are thicker woven, and the hay in the middle is better protected.
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LOL...I just posted this to another thread today.....great minds think alike

"Round bales do not need to be stored under cover. If you lay them on their sides rather than on end the rain/snow doesn't really penetrate."
     
    11-29-2012, 11:55 PM
  #30
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
The way round bales are rolled, if you are going to keep them out in the weather, put them on their sides, not on their ends. The way they are made, rain will go through them MUCH faster if they are on the ends, causing the hay to spoil faster. On the sides, the layers are thicker woven, and the hay in the middle is better protected.
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I'm lucky in that my hay guy stores my bales inside his dry hay barn for me, then delivers as I need them.
While I do have a covered place where I can put the bales out for eating, my guys are such piglets that a bale is long gone before it even has a chance to get any bad spots or spoilage. LOL
The net on the other hand.... very worth while.

But I do agree, when storing bales outside, they should not be turned up on end.
     

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