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post #11 of 25 Old 11-13-2010, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I want the perfect scenario and I guess others want it also but i guess everyone doesnt have the land to have their horses looking pretty grazing every day lol like people with acres and acres on top of acres of land. I will just divide the section of the area I am going to use and let him graze and stay in that area during the day and put him in the stable during night. The other area I can let it take its time and grow grass and when he eats down one the other can be growing. I also will make it larger than I stated above. I will probably go 130-150 X 130 then the other side 130-150 X about 100 so it will be a little bit bigger, maybe closer to 1/2 acre or 3/4.
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I guess I want the perfect scenario and I guess others want it also but i guess everyone doesnt have the land to have their horses looking pretty grazing every day lol like people with acres and acres on top of acres of land.
Don't worry...as long as he has enough to eat (grass and/or hay), he'll be perfectly fine and healthy even in a 1/4 acre.

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Don't worry...as long as he has enough to eat (grass and/or hay), he'll be perfectly fine and healthy even in a 1/4 acre.
if i were to get the big rolls at a time, would it be advisable to put the whole roll in there at once or would he eat and eat till its gone? I heard one poster say 25 lbs of hay for a 1000 lb horse if they arent grazing. How much lbs does a large roll weigh. I would have to figure out how much off that roll to give per day but I'm sure there will be sufficient grass for him to graze some per day. I will part off the pasture and let him graze in one part while the other part grows.
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Rolls weigh between 800-900lbs. The problem with a roll is one it will take forever for one horse to eat all of it. Two, depending on where you live and the climate you have to worry about mold setting in. Do some research on line on founder/laminitis. Causes. Like I said if the horse you buy isn't used to eating grass he can get very sick eating all day.
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Rolls weigh between 800-900lbs. The problem with a roll is one it will take forever for one horse to eat all of it. Two, depending on where you live and the climate you have to worry about mold setting in. Do some research on line on founder/laminitis. Causes. Like I said if the horse you buy isn't used to eating grass he can get very sick eating all day.
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I live in SC and see alot of people have their large bales setting on top of pallets but not out of the rain. I guess too though they have 2 or more horses so it would get aten faster. I will have a covered area where I will keep the bales though
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Like here in NC, SC can be very humid, so you need to watch for mold if you have a lot of hay around.

In the end, the best thing to do is to experiment with different setups and look at your cost and waste.

Some general tips:

- Round bales are cheaper than square bales, but are not as easy to work with.
- You're not going to be able to move a round bale without some machinery. Some folks do (as you mention) tear off layers for each feeding.
- You want to store hay off the ground (e.g. pallets) in a dry place with lots of air circulation. Mold loves humid, warm, dark places. You can cover hay (e.g. tarp) if it gets enough air, otherwise you'll trap moisture under the cover and mold with thrive.
- If you feed on the ground, your biggest waste will be from hay getting pee'd/pooped on and muddy/trampled when raining. You'll always have some waste, but if you'll have only one horse and you have a shelter to feed under, you'll waste less.
- Assuming you can move a round bale, you can use a whole round bale with even one horse if you build a covered feeder where the bale is off the ground out of the rain. This keeps the horse from spreading all the hay everywhere and fouling/wasting it. Another advantage is that you can throw square bales in there instead of you want.
- Any hay that gets moldy or smells bad....throw away. Horse won't typically eat moldy hay, but don't take a chance.

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what would be a good type of grass to plant? I guess something that will grow year round right?
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what would be a good type of grass to plant? I guess something that will grow year round right?
I would talk with your local feed store about the best grass to plant for horses since it very much depends on your climate.

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I would talk with your local feed store about the best grass to plant for horses since it very much depends on your climate.
i was thinking maybe Rye but will talk to some people and see what they recommend
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I bet you could buy a 500 pound round bale for one horse. My friend gets those for her 6 month old steer, and he eats them up before they turn bad.

If you feed square bales, you'll probably have to feed him/her 3-4 flakes in the am and another 3-4 flakes in the pm. Depending on the width of the flake and how rich the hay is.

If you come across a moldy bale, save it because you might be able to give it back to the guy you bought it from and trade it in for a better bale. I don't know if every hay guy allows that, but mine does.


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