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post #21 of 56 Old 04-11-2013, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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It would be wasting money if I throw it out. Apparently this is just awesome hay because it's so much better than what they used to have a few years ago. Honestly I'm not even sure if it's worth trying to find a way to switch suppliers. We paid $5/bale delivered and stacked and that was soooo expensive. I know that that is pretty dang cheap for right now and I personally have no problem paying more for better quality.

I've been so ticked for the last week and I thought if I give it some time I would calm down but I'm not. I've already started looking but I wanted to know if I was over reacting or if my concerns are valid. I still want to test the hay to see what else it's lacking.
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post #22 of 56 Old 04-11-2013, 01:37 PM
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It's wasting money to buy moldy hay or to buy good hay and let it rot :)

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post #23 of 56 Old 04-11-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all. This won't be an easy decision but in the end I must do what is best for my horse.
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A few sticks or leaves is no big deal. An occassional bale with mold is not a big deal - provided that it gets kicked out. We find those bales are great for starting bonfires during the summer, so they get put to the side for that purpose.

Feeding a bale of moldy hay? No way in hell my horses would stay there.

Good luck in finding a new place.

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post #25 of 56 Old 04-11-2013, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. The problem is about half the hay is moldy... The hay guys actually delivered and put in our barn 3 bales that weighed more than me(supposed to be 70lb bales) and when we took them out and cut them open they were to hot to even touch. Bo was there when we cut it open and felt the heat but never called and complained. I would have made them take it all out. The rounds are full of mold and only the middle is mold free but then that is so dusty all the horses get coughs.

This is my first horse and my first boarding facility. I have made a lot of friends here and it will be hard.

I didn't realize how much crap I've put up with until I started working at another barn about a month ago. This other barn is way way out of my price range but the basics provided shouldn't change much.
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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.
Good suggestion. I board, barn was having problems with quality over the winter, more dust than mold, but there were problems with both.

The BM was also really unhappy with the quality of the hay, as most of the horses she was feeding belong to the barn. They ended up negotiating with the hay supplier that he had to take back the truly terrible bales that couldn't be fed- so those all got set aside when they were open and found to be unusable.

BO then did do a hay analysis, found that even the stuff they were feeding was not adequate, and switched to a better supplier.

I guess I'm lucky that they were so proactive and willing to have a fight with the supplier.
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post #27 of 56 Old 04-11-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Well since $5/bale is just outrageously high (not my thoughts) I really don't think switching would be an option. I've mentioned it and was told that horses should be able to live on just hay and water, the downside to the owner not owning horses. Plus switching would mean upping board, which by all means do it if it means otherwise you would lose money, but that means that some people would leave. I understand where I am is a pretty low budget facility but I don't think it's too much to ask that healthy and clean feed is provided.
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post #28 of 56 Old 04-11-2013, 03:42 PM
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If everyone at the barn feels the same way about the hay, have everyone offer to pay more to get better hay. By my calc, going from $5 to $7 a bale would only add about $20/month/horse.
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post #29 of 56 Old 04-11-2013, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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There lies the problem. There are a few people that would put up a huge stink because they don't know squat about horses but they feel boarding is already so expensive. (they are still on the old prices of the astronomical price of 150/month [insert eyeroll]). These people are always complaining about the cost of everything to the point where the farrier comes 2-3 times a year and floating teeth isn't necissary. But once again back to the money, they will not be asked to leave.

I think $20/month increase per horse is pretty fair. This is really just the last straw to push me over the edge. I can put up with little inconviences here and there but the health of my animal can't be compromised.

If anyone wants to know the list of things that have added up to this feel free to PM me. I'm sure that this thread will somehow get back to the owner so trying to keep this about the hay but still trying to give as much detail as I can.
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post #30 of 56 Old 04-12-2013, 09:03 PM
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Unusually heavy bales are a clue to mold, if badly moldy. Timothy grass hay is what's grown around here. I've had the odd moldy bale and set it aside for building a smudge when the bugs are real bad. That way it not a complete waste. Poppy, that looks like Timothy.
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