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        07-25-2013, 01:11 PM
    CY hope you're feeling better soon. Where do you find bags for round bales? My mares make a mess even with a feeder.
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        07-25-2013, 01:13 PM
    I thought about the bags but ours are fed hay in stalls and none of it goes to waste. They find every piece. When I clean their stalls I tie them outside their stall so they can clean up the hay:)
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        07-25-2013, 01:23 PM
    Green Broke
    Hay bags aren't just for hay wastage. It makes the hay last longer as it takes them longer to eat. Therefore, they eat less over a longer period of time keeping their ever-emptying tummies full and reducing the risk of ulcers. Also helps with boredom as it keeps them busy munching away. The benefits of hay bags just go on and on!
        07-25-2013, 01:38 PM
    I know this but trying to talk dh into it is a different story......he's old school cowboy....
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        07-25-2013, 01:55 PM
    Green Broke
    Haha I know what you mean! Maybe if you told him it would save money he'd be more willing to give it a try. I'm slowly transitioning everyone at my barn to bags. I've snared two people sofar!
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        07-25-2013, 01:59 PM
    Yup that's why I use them...just to stretch it out longer. Mine are pigs. Even the stuff that falls to the ground they will eventually get to but it keeps them busy longer and in the winter, when you use hay for internal heating, it's nice to see them munch on those hay bags for several hours vs. 30 minutes.

    QtrBel, it's been a while since I've looked into them but here's one website that sells them. I'm sure there's others. They're even in TX. Not sure where. They're not cheap but it sure sounds like a neat idea. When I was using round bales, I had to really ration their time out in the field with that round bale or they would burn through it in less than a week. With 4-5 hours access a day, I could make them last a couple of weeks. I never did the net thing due to their price tag. I've always wondered about making my own though. :)

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        07-25-2013, 02:04 PM
    OMgosh I just saw the hay net people are in Kingsland! Small world. I grew up in Marble Falls. LOL!
        07-25-2013, 02:56 PM
    Thanks for the link. We rarely feed square bales due to cost but this would save even more as it would reduce wastage. Need to talk DH into a covered area with a raised floor for the bales as lately we've lost more to rain than the horses.
        07-25-2013, 03:08 PM
    Hay nets are great. So are hay huts. Our BO got some and I love them! No more issues with rotting hay from rain. Here's a stock photo:
        07-25-2013, 03:19 PM
    Green Broke
    ^^I would be so scared of a horse being neck deep in that, freaking out at something behind them, and snapping their neck trying to get out. But I'm a paranoid horse mommy and see the absolute worse possibilities in everything LOL.

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