Sometimes You Just Have to Kick Back and Relax

Posted by Paige Cerulli

Life can get hectic, but this horse sure know how to remind us to take the time to relax and enjoy the sunshine. 

There's something about round bales that brings out the silliness in horses. Horses tend to play with hay bales, jump them, and even try to climb or lie down on them. Maybe it's the fact that there's SO MUCH FOOD available, or maybe it's a show of dominance to claim a round bale in order to keep the other horses away.

Chances are, if you put a round bale in your pasture, you'll have the chance to view some interesting horse behavior.

That's exactly what happens in this video, only this horse takes a different approach than most. Rather than attack his hay bale or play with it, he decides that it's the perfect place to settle into a nice stretch and to relax for a bit.

He's quite content hanging out there for the full two minutes of the video - you have to wonder how long he stayed there for.

Horses can ingest large quantities of hay every day, and in some cases feeding round bales may be more economical or easier than feeding standard square bales. If you plan on feeding your horse by using round bales, then it's important to make sure that the hay is of the highest quality that you can access and afford. A poor-quality bale of hay can lead to issues like poor nutrition, colic, and respiratory problems.

Any time that you feed hay to your horse, examine it for signs of mold. Mold can appear as a white dust in hay, but it can also  take on a dark brown or black texture. If you spot mold in a bale, then it's best to throw the entire bale out to be safe. You should immediately remove the moldy hay from your barn, since moldy hay can heat up and even combust, creating a serious fire hazard.

Sometimes You Just Have to Kick Back and Relax