Any tips for feeding round bales to horses for the first time? I’ve got a trustworthy hay supplier and my horses are all vaccinated for botulism, but I’m looking to reduce the amount of labor I’m doing through the winter, and putting out hay in nets 2x a day is probably up there on my list of chores I can actually do something about.
I don’t have anywhere to store round bales (although my hay guy is 10 minutes away and always delivers to me within a week, so maybe not a huge issue?)
My ground gets wet and muddy in the winter, and I expect this problem would be compounded with horses standing around a feeder and smashing hay into the ground. I can put down stone dust around my feeders, but how effective are the hay huts + a hay net at stopping hay waste? I don’t want to spend less time moving hay only to spend more time with the farrier because our feet are getting decimated by the mud
Also, I’m worried my tractor is too small to move a round bale. It’s a subcompact. I do have a counterweight behind and I don’t have to move the bales far. We’re flat as a pancake here, so I could always roll them into place by hand.
I’m just not 100% sure and don’t really want to drop the money on a hay hut/hay nets if it’s not going to save much time/labor.