Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
A 5x5 bales can vary from 700 to 1200 lbs in weight. A lighter one will last close to a month. A heavier one will last a month for sure. I will agree that if you don't use a feeder, you will have more wasted hay. A feeder will pay for itself in a few months. You could store the hay on pallets but you would want to remove them when feeding. With one horse, unless you always have dry weather, you will probably have moldy hay towards the end of the bale. It doesn't take very long with rain for the bottom to mold up, especially once opened.
It may work with having only one horse. Goats would escape through the fence. If you had another larger grazing animal, cow or alpaca or such, those should be OK with the fencing. Not only is it better to have another herd animal for company but it also creates a competition for the food. She will eat better with another animal. Maybe you could borrow a friends horse for a while. However, a bale wouldn't likely last 2 weeks, especially without a feeder.
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