I first must apologize to those of you who entered my Higher Standards give away. I did not forget about you, I was just surprised at how few people entered so I was planning to extend it out. Then I got crazy busy with Thanksgiving and didn't get around to letting everyone know what was going on. I will be extending the give away but need to create it's own post. Just know I have not forgotten about you!
Now on to the ridiculousness that is my mind. Have any of you ever taken a pile of money, lit a match and thrown it in and watched your money burn? Yeah, me either but I imagine it feels much like purchasing a high quality, grass and alfalfa mix 1000lb round bale. Then you watch as your horses within hours rip it apart. Strewing pile after perfectly good, healthy pile of hay all around them. Then proceed to see them not just refuse to eat the strewn hay but use it as their personal horse bathroom and bedding. They roll and poop and pee and deem anything that touches the ground pretty much inedible. One horse and two ponies can tear apart a massive 1000 lb round bale in about a week and a half. Wasting, in my inexpert guesstimation, about 1/3 of the round bale. That is about 333 lbs of hay that is pretty much composted back into the earth. It hurts, it really really hurts to watch your money be wasted right before your eyes. But when temperatures get at and below freezing I feel it is important to their health to have constant access to forage so though it is sad to see the waste I do it for my beloveds health.
You also run into the problem that once the bale has been pulled apart and much of it is exposed once it rains much more is even wasted because it gets soaked.
Now there are round bale feeders that can keep horses from climbing in the bale which is a good option. But they can still pull it apart then it get rained on and thus wasted. Instead I came up with my own invention to conserve my hay. I have done it for about a year now and it takes very little time and effort and no extra money because I had everything I use on hand. It keeps them from tearing the bale apart and it makes it easy to cover when the weather man is calling for rain. It is a cheap method but it probably is pretty ghetto. So here it is the Amy Round Bale Preserver.
And for your enjoyment a photo dump of what happens when I try to go out to the pasture to get a picture of my lovely beasts actually utilizing my ghettorific invench!
|Steady- Hey guys! It's Mom!|
|Hank- We should go say hi!|
|Lily: That's a great idea!|
|Penny- SWEET! I get the bale to myself!!!!|
|Where did the pony head go??? Entire head and neck lost to the hay monster!|
|Steady- Whacha got Mom?!|
|Meh that's a camera, did you drop the good stuff?|
|Uhhh there was nuthin' down there.|
|Here let me check it out.|
|mmmm...tastes like camera. Not my favorite but I am not picky.|
|Lily back off she is mine.|
|Dirty, Sexy Butt...hmmm that comment might attract some undesirable traffic to my blog.|
|Steady- Lily I am not kidding, back off.|
|Ok, we friends.|
|Ha! He fell for it!|
|Now hurry give me all your foods!|
|Oh he is dashing...|
|and he is mine, all mine.|