Re: [RC] Round Bales + Deaths(?) - Susan Garlinghouse
However, it's also worth mentioning that about ten years ago a number of
horses in LA died of botulism after ingesting a bit of bunny that got caught
up in the alfalfa being made into little tiny cubes. Size of the bale alone
isnt either a prediction or prevention of botulism spores.
----- Original Message -----
From: "sharp penny" <penelope_75647@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Val Nicoson" <sweetmare55@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2002 6:01 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] Round Bales + Deaths(?)
> --- Val Nicoson <sweetmare55@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > How much then is the risk of feeding round bales to
> > horses? Is this high risk, moderate or low risk?
> > TIA,
> Where I live everyone feeds round bales. It's less
> expensive ( I have yet to find this to be the case will all
> the waste), it's easy and it gives the horses something to
> munch on 24/7 are some of their reasons. I know of people
> that have fed round bales for years without any problems. I
> have also had a friend whose horses got very sick with two
> in the heard dying from getting a "bad" bale. My problem is
> that you don't know you have a "lethal" bale until its too
> late. With square bales if you have a dead critter you know
> it the minute you open the bale and can easily dispose of
> the bale. This year I have had a piece of a dead snake in a
> bale and a dead bird in another. Let me tell you, even if
> you don't see the carcass the stench will alert you! Had
> this been a round bale I would have not known it was there
> until it was too late. Problems can also occur when the
> bale isn't properly stored and the center of the bale
> becomes a mecca for mold. Around here the round bales are
> not put up in a barn but left sitting outside until they
> are used. To me it's like playing Russian roulette with
> your horses...do you feel lucky today?
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