Still Cold and a Cold
I am still under the weather with my cold, and it's still really cold out, so status quo.
My hay man came today to bring another twenty-two bales of hay. What I have should tide me over into the New Year.
I've been feeding the Boys after 9 AM in the mornings lately, so I can sleep in. With their late night snack, they do fine waiting until then. But this morning, I realized at about 6 AM that I had forgotten to put out the garbage and recycling. I leapt out of bed and carted the cans out, only to see three cute horse faces staring at me from the barn. Not one to ever be able to ignore cute horse faces, I took some hay out to them. They seemed quite pleased and I felt even better about leaving them until 9 AM for breakfast.
In the winter, especially, forage is an important part of a horse's diet. Constant eating is how horses keep warm. It's hard to keep hay in front of them all the time, though. If you put out too much, they trample it into the ground and waste it. Even today, when I went to clean the stalls, there was leftover hay scattered about. I wouldn't mind but my Boys tend to pee on the uneaten hay and all I end up doing is cleaning it out of the stalls to throw it away. It gets kind of expensive when that happens.
I keep working on trying to find the right amount of hay to portion out at each feeding. Right now, I'm getting pretty close to finding the right balance. They get hay three times a day.
I would think one of the big round bales in the pasture would be nice, but I always wonder how it stays dry and edible in the rain and snow. I know some of you feed round bales, so input would be appreciated.
For now, though, I seem to have it all pretty much under control.