<P>Q-RACING JOURNAL MAY 2014 35 W WASTE NOT, WANT NOT. FEED MORE, work easy, spend less. Thats about the size of it. Feeding round bales is an increas- ingly common method of providing forage to horses housed in poor pastures, dry lots and during winter months. Letting horses eat hay from round-bale feeders saves time, cuts labor and reduces waste, so the feeders pay for themselves pretty quickly. Its not like this isnt self-evident, but a study led by Krishona Martinson, Ph.D., at the University of Minnesota puts it in numbers. I think the big take-home message from our study is that you have to use a feeder when youre feeding round bales, said Martinson, the equine Extension specialist at U of M. Not using a feeder results in 57 percent waste, and at the current cost of hay, owners simply cannot afford to lose that much hay. The Study MARTINSON AND HER COLLEAGUES conducted the study Selecting a Round-Bale Feeder for Use During Horse Feeding in June 2010, when the average maximum daily tempera- ture was 81 degrees Fahrenheit with 6 inches of rainfall. To conduct the research, 25 mature American Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred geldings and mares from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls herd were used in five groups of five horses of similar age, initial weight, breed and gender. Each feeder was placed on the ground in an outdoor dirt paddock. The groups of horses were fed in rotation for four days, and every fourth day, groups were rotated to a different paddock that housed one feeder and a new round bale. In all, 25 horses fed off each feeder for 20 consecutive days. Horses had unlimited access to shelter, water, a trace-mineral salt block and hay in the feeder. Horse weight was individually measured each time the groups entered and exited a paddock. Hay that fell onto the ground Round Time Using r time money. 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