how to feed hay in cold weather


I am wondering what others do for their hay feeding in cold weather. Currently I am soaking my hay, 2 horses, 18lbs each, feeding them about 6 different portions throughout the day. I live in Northern Wisconsin, so very soon my hay soaking season is going to come to an end. My ESC level on my hay sample was 9.0 so I don't necessarily have to soak but they tend to eat it slower if I do it this way. I need some advice on how to feed them so they won't gobble down their dry hay and someway to eliminate me from having to go out there 6+ times a day to feed when it gets 22below here. Thank U


Amanda, TerraCotta, Orianna


April 2013

Nancy C

Hi Amanda

I did soak my 9% ESC  hay all last winter in well below zero weather and 40 mph winds. 9% can be too high for may horses. Used an igloo cooler on wheels.  Once I had the set up I just got into the routine.  Having water proof gloves and a good place to dump the water that turns in to ice was essential.

Slowing down hay consumption can be done efficiently with slow feeder nets/bags.

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