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post #11 of 56 Old 04-11-2013, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know of any hay that doesn't contain a few leaves and sticks. Hay fields are hardly pristine, grass only places. Other things grow in there too, and the farmer generally bales all of it up together.

That hay in those pictures looks pretty decent.

Oh I expect leaves and sticks and such but I couldn't remember if it was oak leaves that are bad for horses? Must not be. The stick I took out the other day was half the length of the bale and about 2in wide. That seems a little big to me but maybe not then.

That hay would be ok if it wasn't full of mold and a pile of dirt/dust comes out after you drop it from the loft. Like I said that is the best looking stuff. Most of it is very stemy.

My horse lost a lot of weight going into winter because she wouldn't eat the crap hay that she was getting then. I had to buy my own bales of alfalfa hay to put in her stall plus I went thru about another 5 bags of alfalfa pellets a month.

Oh and I should mention my horse does not get pasture, hay only.
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Spotty mold? Are the giving it to the horses or picking it out?

I feed where I board and come across occasional mold spots. I pick them out along with any surrounding hay that might also be contaminated and throw them to the resident cows. Occasional mold spots in bales really isn't a concern unless you are feeding the mold to the horses and even then, most well-fed horses won't touch it. Mine has gotten a tad bit of mold accidentally and he literally picks it out, throws it in the back of his stall and immediately pees on it.

We do have an ultra non-picky horse who given the chance would eat moldy hay over non-moldy so I am beyond paranoid about sifting through her hay and ensuring there's absolutely nothing wrong with it.
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That hay does not look that bad but pictures are deceiving. Answer is, yes, I would move over hay if it was moldy and or costing me more because of poor quality. But would make sure first.

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That's the next step. I'm calling the univeristy today about dropping some off for testing. But it's cut one day, baled the next and delivered the next after that. So there is spotty mold. Not in every bale... and each bale can be completely different looking hay from the next one, all from the same dealer.
I would move over moldy hay.

The sticks and stuff are normal and wouldn't concern me.
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Well we can't throw all the moldy hay out. I do feed a few times a week and while I won't feed the moldy hay unfortunately sometimes it is the entire bale and then several bales, so it gets thrown to the horses. Mine just won't eat any of it then.

My horse has allergies and had a cough that took me 6 months to get rid of that started from the super dusty hay. I also have pretty intense mold allergies and start to wheeze immediately when I enter the back of the hay barn. And no it's not the hay, I work at another barn that I have no breathing issues with.

I have a few other issues with the place but those I can put aside if the hay isn't really as big of an issue that I think it is.
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If moldy hay is being fed, I would be gone yesterday. I won't have my horse eating mold or standing around not eating.

Have you talked to the BO about the hay quality? Perhaps he/she is not aware of how big the issue is, they may think it's just an occasional mold spot.
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Well we can't throw all the moldy hay out. I do feed a few times a week and while I won't feed the moldy hay unfortunately sometimes it is the entire bale and then several bales, so it gets thrown to the horses. Mine just won't eat any of it then.

My horse has allergies and had a cough that took me 6 months to get rid of that started from the super dusty hay. I also have pretty intense mold allergies and start to wheeze immediately when I enter the back of the hay barn. And no it's not the hay, I work at another barn that I have no breathing issues with.

I have a few other issues with the place but those I can put aside if the hay isn't really as big of an issue that I think it is.
Um, why can't you throw it out? It's not healthy to feed and can cause colic. If he's not eating it then he's standing around not eating which can cause its own problems.

Would YOU accept moldy food and just eat around the mold?
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Poppy, I'd definitely be concerned if the hay is moldy. Horses can get botulism from moldy hay.

I buy mine from a local hay grower, and she'll replace any bales that show mold. None of them have, and my horses love her hay.
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Well we can't throw all the moldy hay out. I do feed a few times a week and while I won't feed the moldy hay unfortunately sometimes it is the entire bale and then several bales, so it gets thrown to the horses. Mine just won't eat any of it then.

My horse has allergies and had a cough that took me 6 months to get rid of that started from the super dusty hay. I also have pretty intense mold allergies and start to wheeze immediately when I enter the back of the hay barn. And no it's not the hay, I work at another barn that I have no breathing issues with.

I have a few other issues with the place but those I can put aside if the hay isn't really as big of an issue that I think it is.

^^^^ Here is your answer, get out!
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I don't know of any hay that doesn't contain a few leaves and sticks. Hay fields are hardly pristine, grass only places. Other things grow in there too, and the farmer generally bales all of it up together.

That hay in those pictures looks pretty decent.
I agree. The only 'pure' hay of one type that exists around here are the (few) specialized growers that produce pure orchard for pregnant mares (since everything else is fescue). They actually kill everything and reseed every few years to keep it as pure as possible. It's beautiful, nutrition hay, but you do pay almost double for all the extra expense.
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