Stalled Hay Feeding Preferences
I searched for a similar thread and couldn't find one - I apologize if this is a repeat! (I'm sure the topic has been mentioned, at least briefly, somewhere...it is a horsey-topic after all.)
I have worked at, boarded at, and visited barns with all different set ups for feeding hay, either for at shows or if the horse is stalled regularly.
I know some people who use hay bags to slow down quick eaters, and I must say they make picking stalls easier - though stuffing all the flakes in there can be a pain! :lol:
Personally I like my hay on the ground if my horses are stalled (usually reserved for shows). I have been feeding cubes at shows lately, though, since it is easier to haul around, less dusty, and I lose less of it as I put it in a bucket so it isn't used as extra bedding.
If your horse is ever in a stall, how do you hay them? A hay bag, overhead manger, lower/corner manger, on the ground?
I use a hay bag, my mares are nasty in a stall and will eat maybe a few bits then pee all over their hay. Hay bags are easy, you just need to outsmart them lol. I open hay bags on a trash can and fold the opening over the lip of the can and put my flakes in. Easy peasy.
My girl is only stalled overnight during the winter months, but she has free access to her stall year-round.
I always place her hay in a hay net. I find that it keeps the waste significantly down, she seems to have a ball trying to get her hay out, and it saves me money because she eats less than the entire amount I place out [unlike placing it on the ground since ground-hay gets soiled or 'shunned'].
I'll sometimes put a small flake on the ground just for a change, but anything more than one small flake goes in the hay net.
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