Originally Posted by kitten_Val
One of the reasons I feed square bales. Even with those I have some waste. When I was boarding they unwrapped and trashed like 30% of the round bale.
Lots, lots of waste.
We also use square bales(small ones) but it's because we have no means of moving round bales. We just moved our horses to a property we are moving to and we will be taking care of them instead of boarding them.
When we boarded them, they got round bales and it did seem like they pulled a lot out of the feeder which was wasted. They also wouldn't eat all of it out of the feeder. They still pull some out but it's minimal. Now they eat it all down to the ground if we don't put enough in. For small square bales, we've found out that they will eat about 1/2 a bale per horse per day in the summer and are guessing that they will eat a full bale per horse per day in the winter. Another plus that we've found with square bales is that there has been less mold. The square bales are usually kept indoors where round bales are stored out in the elements.