I'm throwing this out here in hopes that someone might have some suggestions.
I'm on a very small acreage-4 acres, and have 3 horses. For the past 2 years, we've been feeding square bales, but because of the price of them, and the fact that my horses are eating everything in sight, I'd like to get into round bales if possible.
However, we only have a small tractor. We have a neighbor who is able to pick up the roundbales for us and bring them to our acreage, and he generally uses his tractor to push them into his own field.
But I obviously want some sort of holder for the hay, since I've seen the waste that happens if it doesn't have one.
are there are any round bale holders that would work for horses that wouldn't require the round bale to be lifted and dropped into the middle of it?
In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. 1300 pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs - it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster.
I saw a photo one time where along the fence line they built a small "deck" that protruded into the pasture (just the size that a round bale of hay would fit on) and the fence diverted along the three sides of the deck in the pasture leaving the area that was open to the barnyard (kind of like a small "stage" that you could walk out and be in the pasture but then the fence is in front of you and on both sides). They could then just roll the round bale onto this deck (there was no gate, this deck was open to the barn area so easy to do) and the horses then could eat the hay from three sides. I thought it was a great idea! The hay was off the ground, the horses had access to the hay without making a mess of it and they didn't have to haul the hay through gates into the pasture with clamoring horses trying to get it while you unload, cut the strings, move and lift the hay ring.
I hope I described it well.
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