Round Bales: How long do they last if fed to one horse?

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  1. FriesianSH

    FriesianSH Senior Member

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    Ok well if anyone has been in the "training" forum, you have seen my situation with the current barn I am at. That being said, I have found a wonderful farm I can move to.
    Problem being, I don't really like the fencing (just basic hotwire tape and I think Valour would step over it LOL) BUT there is a private paddock with a little barn the owner said I could have IF I can put up my own fencing and clean it up a bit (long story but the girl who kept her horses there previously totally DESTROYED it and never cleaned out the stall, let the electric fencing go to h*ll etc).

    The entire barn goes in on hay together, which is a bit pricy for me (my job situation is not ideal right now). I found some fabulous round bales that I could swing buying a few at a time and storing them in the BO's big storage barn (SO FABULOUS THIS FARM IS!).

    The paddock he would be going in does not have a ton of grass, it has a lot of trees (shady which is good for him) so I figured I could get him a round bale, and he could munch on it when he wanted (he is not the kind to stand there and emerse his head in the hay 24/7). I was going to section off part of the paddock to see if I can get some grass to grow in the part that does get some sun as well.

    I have never had a round bale for just 1 horse, how long do you all think it would last him? I could also pull from the bale and feed it that way if need be.

    Just want some input, I am trying to find a way to get the h*ll out of dodge and into this fantastic barn I went to see yesterday. I figured since Valour goes out by himself now, he would be fine with continuing that routine as long as the other horses are with-in view like they are now.

    Comments? Ideas? (I just can't get $9.00 bales of hay right now with how much he would need to eat.. maybe in a few months when my employment is better... I am contractor so never know when the job will end)
     






  2. Lopinslow

    Lopinslow Senior Member+

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    it depends on the size of the round bale. The ones we usually feed are about 1000lbs and on "average" they will last 1 horse about a month. however, don't be alarmed as when you first put a horse on free choice hay like that (even when they've been on them before) they usually tend to eat a bit more, but then slow down after a while.
     
  3. FraggleRock

    FraggleRock Full Member

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    wow i cant picture any round bale lasting a month. i put one out for two horses (ones a bit over 1000 and ones a bit closer to 900lbs ) and it only lasts a week! im not sure if mine way 1000lbs though, but they are quite big and some get wasted.

    basically its a hard question to answer because it depends on the bale size/weight, the horses size and how much the horse will eat :)
     
  4. Shayna

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    Subbing! I'ma start feeding round bales for Prince & my future other horse with I move in a month of so.
     
  5. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member+

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    A RB for my two piggies, one will eat until he looks like a round bale, lasts 10 days; so, I would say, for a horse alone who is not a huge pig: 1,000lb RB should last three weeks. Depending upon how much he wastes, of course, you will have more or less. I prefer to feed off them because then you have far less waste and you control how much they eat.

    ETA: If you do want to feed off them, I would advise putting the bale on a pallet with the flat side down. This way you can take slabs off it without having to roll the round bale back and forth.
     
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  6. Erin_And_Jasper

    Erin_And_Jasper Senior Member

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    my two horses (1200 lbs and 900 lbs) will go through a 1000lbs round bale in about 2-3 weeks. my hay guy said do not buy the wrapped ones. they get water in them and will form a gel around them bc of fermentation.
     
  7. RyaneC

    RyaneC Senior Member+

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    One 11-1200lb round bale of coastal bermuda lasts me close to 2 weeks for 2 horses. I've now got the donkey in with the horses, so we'll see if that changes much this time.
     
  8. Abberlaze

    Abberlaze Senior Member+

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    I would be inclined to peel off chunks for him. Does no one else have trouble with the round bale hay getting "icky" after about 10 days? I would suspect that it will take your guy 2-3 weeks to go through a round bale, the longer side of that if you ration his portions. Are you trying to put out the whole bale so that you don't need to go to the barn everyday? Is there someone there who would throw out a chunk in the morn.?

    I've heard fencing can be quite expensive... I would seriously look into the cost of that before committing. Remember, there's no guarantee the barn will actually be as nice as it seems right now. Make sure that you can afford to "throw away" the money you spent on fencing if you need to move a few months down the line.
     
  9. Silver Georgia

    Silver Georgia Senior Member+

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    ^^ this. My horses are EXTREMELY wasteful if they are given free choice. My gelding likes to pull it off and pee on it and my mare likes to sleep in what she doesn't eat:flaming::flaming:
     
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  10. macanddyna

    macanddyna Senior Member

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    my friend once put out a round bale for her 2 horses. they ate most of it (and trampled on the rest of it) in a day and laid out flat for the next 12 hours. They ended up fine but scared the bejezus out of their poor owner. It doesn't seem possible, but these horses WERE total pigs. No idea about most horses though...
     






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