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Supplementing hay
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Annie in Ky    Posted 10-25-2003 at 16:54:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
When do some of you start to supplement your horses with baled hay? I'm in KY and the pasture is still green, but will probably be getting our first frost tonight. I'm sure some of you in the colder climates may already be doing this. Just wondering what your "rule of thumb" is with your horses.

RichZ    Posted 10-27-2003 at 06:40:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I give all my horses Legends 12 pellets horse feed from Agway. I give them less in the summer and more in the winter. My horses have free range pasture all year, but here in upstate New York the pasture is only growing about 6 months per year.

bulldinkie    Posted 10-26-2003 at 04:24:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We use hay year round for horses & mini donkeys.Thje horses also get a small ammount of sweet feed more in winter when grass is brown.I was always told horses need that chewing of roughage..

LH    Posted 10-25-2003 at 19:46:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Annie our horses are on pasture and dont get much supplement until the grass really starts to dwindle or the weather gets cold and stays there. Just be careful not to give em too much supplement at once

sdg    Posted 10-26-2003 at 05:06:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our horses are on hay now, it's been almost to cold to turn them out on pasture lately, sweet feed also. My gelding is dying to got out to pasture so i do let him out more, but they mostly eat the hay and grain, having a hard time though finding desent reasonable price bales. hope i get lucky soon or i'll be paying and arm and a leg for hay.

chuck    Posted 10-26-2003 at 14:50:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
you might feel different about the price of hay if u grew and owned the equipment and did the labor putting up a quality product--if u want to purchase quality at a cheaper price buy big bales and unroll them and feed that way--i get $4 a bale for sq in my barn --but the big ones are only $20.

sdg    Posted 10-27-2003 at 07:02:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I understand what you are saying and if funds allowed it, i would love to be able to. What I was trying to say is that even though in Az I was paying $15 a bale, I was just hoping since moving to the Wonderful state of NY, I might find better cheaper hay. I have had one H$^@ of a time finding decent hay. I was paying $3/bales which is ok, but 1 out of ever 8 or so was moldy and I can't not give that to the horses or my rabbits. so I was left to search out another sourse of hay. I found someone who had alpha/timothy hay at a reasonable price and so far so good, but that still left me with the reality, i still have no sourse for timothy for the rabbits. I am not compaining, but I am new to the area and with animals, i don't have a great deal of time to go searching high and low for someone anyone that might be able to help me. We live in a very large farm area and it is amazing how many farmers are in the same boat as me because of the rainy season ruined a great deal of they hay. So I wasn't saying anything about the price, I just simply thought of anyone who would understand the meaning of a dollar, it would be the people on this board. Maybe I am on the minority side, but I work hard as does my husband to provide for our family and our animals and I simple expressed the wish that I could find something cheaper. And about the rolls, i would love some, know where I can get any? Cause no one has extra around here.

toolman    Posted 10-26-2003 at 20:06:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
your right chuck on everything you say but unfortunately some don,t always worry about the quality, some years i have almost had to buy twice as much as i needed it order to get through the winter, because of the quality, more waste than anything and around here you don,t dare feed big round bales cause you can count on them bein more mold than good hay.i don,t mind payin top dollar for good hay, i used to put it up i know what goes into it, but i sure get tired of of part timers expecting top dollar for moldy hay.

LH    Posted 10-26-2003 at 09:20:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
WE had a great year here in Indiana for hay except the rains did cause some farmers to lose a little to not drying. Right now good hay here is $3 a bale. Last year with the drought the worst bales around were selling for $7

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