Hay for Horses Sources (How To)

by Kenny K, Wednesday, December 06, 2017, 19:07 (320 days ago)

Wow, try to say that title three times fast!!

I've mentioned here before that my wife and I - and a few of our horses - will be retiring in the Lakewood area in the next few years and we've built our house, but are currently working on planning the barn, fencing, and other related details for caring for the horses.

One of thing things we're discussing is sourcing hay. For the last 25 years we've used small rectangular bales, and have been lucky enough to have a local farmer who brings a hay elevator to our barn for lifting the bales up into our hay loft, and we help carry them into place.

As we will be retiring we have to assume that as we age hand lifting hay could become a problem. So, we're wondering about moving to round bales or larger rectangular bales at our new place near Lakewood.

I know there are a few "horse folks" on this message board, and I'm wondering if you can give any insight as to what kind of hay bales are available in the area, and/or what kind of bales are commonly used for horses. Any advice would be appreciated.

By the way, we have a John Deere 3320 4WD compact utility tractor with a front end loader, but I fear it may be a tad too small to lift big round bales - and I don't have a clue whether it will lift the big rectangular bales. These bigger bales are new to me.

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