My horses are now living on a heathery hill, they will come in at night soon but for now they are rugged and fed daily.
I am thinking to get a round bale of hay and put it in their field.
Ive never fed any of them ad-lib hay.
Turk (26) and Dollie (4) are not greedy and will eat their hay nets slowly at the moment as there is still pckings of grass on the hill. Vel (2) is always exremely hungry, I wouldnt say he is greedy just eats a hell of a lot, tis a growing boy! Its mainly for him im thinking to get the round bale in.
Anyway is this safe? How long should a round bale last the horses plus 12 sheep (also live in the field).
I dont like doing ad lib unless i know the horses are getting on. Seen too many groups of about 4 horses pig out and leaving the others without hay at all as they're bullied away. This is what happened to Scottie
I've seen small groups have hay in sheep feeders who have all got along very nicely without a problem, but i do think to do ad lib you need to be careful!
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I suppose if I used a sheep sized feeder ring it may prevent them gourging themselves, although id be scared they got a foot stuck or have problems getting their head in it?
I dont think any of them would be left out they share haynets and even let the sheep eat out them.
if they all get on and there isnt going to be a fight it should be fine, all our babies and broodmares are kept in pens with free range to hayledge over winter, there is the odd scrap but we have taken out the one we found was a cow bag, she now has her on stable and get dieted cause she always got too fat, that will show her
we use ring feeders to keep them from trashing the bales, never had a problem with any of them getting hurt or stuck in all the time i have been there, we use the big cow ones, we have five big mares in one pen and they use a bale every two-three days when they are in all the time
As long as mine are well fed they do not fight, Magic is always hungry! the others eat what they need, we've been doing this for years without any problems, you could always spread a few piles around if it gets to that point but should be alright with 3 horses.
I mainly do it because mine are out 24/7, I like to know they are not hungry, this way they can eat when they want and what they want.
Its easier when its your own horses rather then others eating from it too.
I don't have the mental holder thing, I thought about getting one but sisco would end up in the middle
My Crazy Clan....Sisco, Monty, Wizz, Magic, Merlin, Jester, Marley.