Round bale feeder ‘Bale Buddy’ here I come!

I had to share this because it has improved my life! This is a great way to feed round bales of hay to horses without having all the wasted hay. Before we started using it our horses would stop a bunch of hay into the ground as they attempted to find the best piece of hay. Then they would use it as bedding.

This giant feeder is made of a tarp like material and is elastic on the top. As you can see the horses munch out of the top and as the bale shrinks the bag collapses.

I was unsure of how I would feel about it when it was empty but after seeing it in use…and having my horses move it around, I am comfortable that they will not be injured on it. Nope, I’m not being paid a dime to advertise these and I actually SPENT my money and went back and bought two more! Just thought it could help someone else save money on hay too.

I bought my bale buddies here, best $99.00 I spent recently!

Painted Cowgirl Tack
29 Main Street
Greenwich, OH  44837


Tuesday – Saturday
11am to 6pm



  1. Vera on November 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Have you tried the Duplessis horse feeders…. They have outlasted the Bale Buddies I have and the horses seem to love them….

    • LISA GALLAHAR on November 10, 2011 at 10:51 am

      The Duplessis feeders are very similar to the Hayhut feeders. These plastic covers look great but what about the cost versus the Bale Buddy?

      • Vera on November 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

        I have had my Duplessis for years now… in that some time I have gone through about 8 bale buddies or similar… and the Duplessis are like new… a few tornados and horrific storms notwithstanding…

  2. Carla on November 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I looked into the bale buddies but didn’t think our 6 horses would share. I did some research and found a company ( that makes hay bags for small square bales. I bought 6 of them so each horse can have his own bag and they last 3 days or so and there is also very little waste. It has been great to have something to keep them busy when there is no grass to eat.

  3. Janet on November 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks Stacy I’ll check it out cause I hate having him in the Jenny Craig pen all the time, because he become really artistic and chews his way out.

  4. marlice vonck on November 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Stacy
    Horses naturally eat with a head low position; providing their hay at ground level is very important so their teeth wear correctly, the correct muscle groups in the neck and body are used plus this behavior aids respiration so mucus may drain instead of building up and causing a cough.
    Eatinh head up could also cause structural and functional problems and set-up for injury.

  5. Janet on November 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I love this idea, but I have one problem with it. I own 4 and a half horses, and the mini all though I have taught him to climb stairs and stand on a plate form he is just to little to reach the top of the feeder. Although thinking about it,.. it might be a good thing cause then he wouldn’t look like a beer keg on legs.

    • Stacy on November 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      lol, they have a ‘slow feeder’ bale buddy that minis can reach. Only issue there is they don’t recommend horses having shoes on. Look for it online, maybe it will work.

  6. Jennifer Kirschenman on November 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

    This looks like a good idea, however won’t work here, I am in the process of getting my son a pony, and it looks to tall for a pony. We either feed in a reagular round bale feeder, or I put the hay in the barn and hand feed my horses twice a day. Some times I put enought out in smaller feeders attatched to the fence, that he or they is feed for 2 days, My horse is amazing, he will not waste, I know it is hard to beleive but he doesn’t waste, he drops hay, he picks every stick up of of the ground. and the area around his feeder is clean, except if he is wilth another horse, or some sheep, now they on the other hand are pigs, and make a huge mess.

    As far as all day feeding My horse has good grass hay infront of him at all times, The problems a person runs into with continues feeding is if the hay is excellent high quality hay with alfelfa in it, or other high protien hays. as long as it is good grass hay, no mold, they can have it at all times, it would be like if they were out grazzing in a pasture.

  7. Todd M. Trzcinski on November 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Looks great! But I’m thinking about the dangers and added cost of free feeding.What about that?Must you keep the feed in an enclosure,only alowing accsess at feeding times?

  8. LINDA on November 8, 2011 at 8:54 am

    You sure have some polite horses!

  9. Lindsay on November 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Looks like a great idea. How would it work in the open pasture ? Can water pass thru it ?

    • Stacy on November 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      They say it is one way water barrier, water will not come in from the ground or the sides, but if some gets in from the top it will make it out!

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