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post #1 of 5 Old 03-13-2016, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Round bale feeder

How do you keep a horse from pulling mouthfuls of hay out of the feeder and dropping them. She'll pull out a large amount and then only eat half and trample the rest. The bales are too large to put a net on the whole thing. Do they make a 6x6 net that I could attach to the feeder?
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-13-2016, 05:23 PM
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Get a hay net that fits, I bet you can.

HayLow HayNets - Round Bale Feeders | HayLow HayNets

This is one i use, because of the piping it makes it soooo easy to load hay.

I don't feed rounds but feed squares, I needed to figure out a way to hold it off the gravel so bought some really nice inexpensive netting from ebay

Could probably basically do same thing but higher up so bale fits under it rather then ontop like my squares do.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-13-2016, 07:18 PM
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By me I have seen people make a round bale hay "holder" with used oak pallets.
They put hinges {I guess} on them to secure them together around the bale...keeps the horse/cows eating from the top only, not the sides.
Then they place some sort of a wire panel on the top that prevents a lot of waste....
I believe they use a livestock panel cut to fit the inside dimension of those hinged pallets.

Feeding from rounds there is much waste....don't care what you do, it happens. Cattle are as wasteful if not worse...
The ranchers and horsemen by me say average is 1/3 a bale of waste by the time it is trampled, peed on, pooped on, slept in and what the animals refuse to eat from the ground. {I haven't seen anything under the bales to keep them off the ground}

I've also seen wooden box feeders than hold 2 square bales at a time, definitely for horses.
One side has the ability to open so you can slip in a grate, like that livestock panel again cut to size.There is a top edge to stop the horse from grabbing & tossing that grate aside...
The horse can not lift huge mouthfuls at a time, easily can eat their fill and there is some control of the wasted amount better than a round bale.
As the hay is eaten, that grate slips lower in the box....

Where there is the will, there is a way to stop some wastage.... human brain power and invention.
Slow feed haynets can also do the same.
Since you have rounds though you would need to peel and stuff your nets and hang them or place them in something somehow.

There will always be some is the nature of the way horses/cattle eat.
They are picky eaters...the more you offer them free-choice the pickier they become tossing aside good hay searching for that "so good morsel!"...
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-15-2016, 11:59 AM
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I see a product advertised in my area called "hayhuts" It looks like a playhouse for kids, but it seems to have good reviews. To me, I think it is expensive but I am a "frugal"person lol.

You can always go out and fork up the dropped hay once or twice a day, it keeps the area clean and saves some hay.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-15-2016, 01:47 PM
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I feed round bales in a J&L haysaver feeder which has an inverted cone that holds the bale. I bought a 2" net off ebay and attached it to the feeder. The weight of the bale holds it tight against the feeder. The ebay seller "nautical nets bouys and more" had all sizes of nets.
I bet you could find something to attach to your feeder or put around the bale.
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