I have fed round bales year round for 3.5 years. I checked it with my vet. He said as long as they eat it quick enough.(ours are less than 7-10 days). They don not eat the bad hay, or any moldy.(which only happens if rain gets under the tarps and I usually pull off the top 2' if it is. (I have to buy 10 rolls at a time and I have to store it under tarps(last 3mos. It is good hay , cut properly and stored in a barn till I get it. It then store it on a slope and under tarps. the bottom couple inches and occasionally the top few inches may get wet.. But They eat from the sides first. And I may even put a small tarp on it over our hayring, if rain is expected for a couple days in a row. Down here in the Se so many farmers have gone to round baling equipment, that square bales are starting to disappear. And trucked in hay from up north is 3 to 4 times the cost as round bales. (I also learned to use the hayring because they will destroy it halfway through and risk getting tangled in the haystring, which I remove when they are done with the bale. hope this helps, Laurie and Rascal the round bale eater
----- Original Message -----
From: Val Nicoson
Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2002 8:29 PM
Subject: [RC] Round Bales + Deaths(?)
Just read the brief discussion on horse deaths
relating to the feeding of round bales and had a
couple questions. I board my horse and for the first
time in the two years since we've been at this stable
they decided to feed round bales in the dry lot this
year. Horses go off of pasture shortly after the
So I'm concerned about her having access to feeding
off the round bale while turned out which is quite
limited in and of itself. The prior two years it was
whatever the horses could find to nibble in the
outdoor arena area (their drylot) that is sand. Which
I realize has its own risks ie sand colic.
There is no way to separate her from the rest of her
turn-out herd unless she is stalled all day which is
not an option. Other stables are being sought in the
Can the stable be held liable for the death of a horse
being fed round bales? Or is this just one of the
risks of horse ownership? Assuming just one of the
risks taken though.
How much then is the risk of feeding round bales to
horses? Is this high risk, moderate or low risk?
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