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        04-12-2013, 09:28 PM
      #31
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    I don't board but I have returned moldy hay to the seller. One year I bought 8 large round bales of seemingly good quality hay. After it was broken open, it had the white mold that you speak of, all the way through. I called him and made him take it all back and bring me new hay. My horses are fairly easy keepers and they would not eat it. If the owner of the barn doesn't have the smarts or balls to get good hay, I would move.
         
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        04-12-2013, 09:36 PM
      #32
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    I don't think that hey looks bad . I have some first cutting that looks similar to that I also have some beautiful Second Cutting that looks delicious and when I throw both kinds of hay out they prefer the first cutting that doesn't look as appetizing .if the horses look healthy that would be my biggest concern .
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        04-12-2013, 09:39 PM
      #33
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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.
    well you should be throwing out all the moldy hay it can cause a lot of health issues ,colic and other problems that you are describing . Your vet bills will be a lot more than throwing away bad hay
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        04-12-2013, 09:42 PM
      #34
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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.
    if you are concerned about wasting money by throwing out moldy hay you really need to get educated I accidentally fed a bale of dusty moldy hay I would rather have thrown away the $5 Bale then pay the $800 vet Bill
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        04-12-2013, 09:45 PM
      #35
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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.
    if you are at a low budget facility you should have low expectations pay more and expect better feed but you can't have the best without paying
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        04-12-2013, 09:56 PM
      #36
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    Ok I'm not the one buying hay. Not my decision. By low budget I mean not many amenities but I feel feed and safety shouldn't be compromised. I still have stall board and nice stalls at that. I do all my own work but still.

    I have been allowed to try to find different hay but it's a max of $8/bale delivered which still won't be easy. Well haven't gotten the ok from the owner yet but that is the budget I guess. But owner thinks current hay is excellent. Which it has potential if it wasn't so full of dust and dirt and mold. Out of 2 bales today one made a thud when I threw it down and it smelled like a musty basement.
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        04-12-2013, 10:05 PM
      #37
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    You need to make sure the owner sees that hay. If you get to throw the hay to your horse, maybe you could set aside what's bad and just keep opening bales till you find a good one.
    I'm very surprised there hasn't been a fire at your barn if the hay is that wet. I've been bucking bales since I was a wee child. My dad would have at least salted the hay if it had moisture in it. Just to keep it from catching fire. Sounds like the owner of your barn is very uneducated as far as hay goes.
    I may have missed it if you said so, will your horse eat the hay?
         
        04-12-2013, 10:23 PM
      #38
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    Originally Posted by poppy1356    
    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.
    THis bothers me as much as the mold. This is REALLY dangerous, and what causes mot barn fires. Honestly-I would not mess around anymore. I would be out of there. Period. I would make arrangements and explain if they ask as I am leaving. I will not stand for my horse's life being endangered by spontaneous combustion. It is scary $**t.
         
        04-12-2013, 10:56 PM
      #39
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    Oh we threw a fit when we found that out. My horse won't eat that hay. It's why she lost so much weight in fall and I had to start digging for the best stuff I could find. I was paying about $150 a month in supplemental feed per month to make up for that.

    I'm going to ask at the other barn I work at tomorrow about if they know anything. But I am looking for places. And no the owner knows nothing about hay or horses. Owner doesn't own any and hasn't since a very small child.
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        04-13-2013, 06:01 AM
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    Oh we threw a fit when we found that out. My horse won't eat that hay. It's why she lost so much weight in fall and I had to start digging for the best stuff I could find. I was paying about $150 a month in supplemental feed per month to make up for that.

    I'm going to ask at the other barn I work at tomorrow about if they know anything. But I am looking for places. And no the owner knows nothing about hay or horses. Owner doesn't own any and hasn't since a very small child.
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    Sure, you threw out the hot ones you found......that doesn't mean there wasn't one you didn't. And if that is the practice of the person she gets hay from, she sure has an increased risk of a fire. I personally wouldn't risk it.
         

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