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post #41 of 56 Old 04-13-2013, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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I'm with you on that. There was another incident that really put my horse at risk and quite frankly I should have left then. My horse was fine so I calmed down but yea it's time to move on. My horse finally has her weight up so she can be kicked out to pasture when it isn't a slurry pit. So hopefully I can find some good pasture board. I go to work soon and people start showing up shortly after so I will ask around there. I wish I could afford this other barn I work at but I also have to take my friend with me. I moved her up here (200 miles) so I can't leave her. Plus her horse is on rounds which are worse.
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post #42 of 56 Old 04-13-2013, 09:16 AM
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Sounds like talking to the BO is a waste of time. When I took over this barn as the BM hay was a huge issue. The ranch hand had not been rotating the hay out and when I took over we were down to what was left and had been at the back of the hay barn for over 2 years. :O I had him take what was in there and spread out behind the round pen where we had some low areas, also no horses go back there. I got it out of the hay barn and ordered new.

The new hay was awful!! I went through 3 suppliers before I found hay that I thought was adequate. It's a little more expensive but for what we charge for full care board it better be the best LOL! I would move somewhere else... sorry to say that. The BO at your place is a disappointment and your horse is the most important thing. Hoping the best for you and your horse.
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post #43 of 56 Old 04-13-2013, 11:06 AM
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As long as it was good hay going in, 2 year old hay isn't bad. I've heard year old hay is going for twice as much as fresh hay, because its 'safer'. I've had some bad hay at the stable I work at. Piles of leaves from 1 bale, a young tree, a huge thorny branch. The year old stuff is wonderful. Mature timothy and clover mix. Low dust and pretty green.
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Mold will cause a horse to become ill. Botulism is from dead things in the hay.
No hay field is 100% clean. Grass hay can be very nutritious. It depends on the type of grass, when it was cut, has it ever been fertilized, what minerals etc are natural in the earth in the area it is grown.
If i had been boarding some place that fed moldy hay , I would move.
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post #45 of 56 Old 04-13-2013, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I have decided to move but where to is now the question. I do have a budget as my bf and I are currently looking to buy a house but hopefully I can find a private farm somewhere that is decently priced.

Lizzy has a magnesium deficiency and that is currently being corrected. It's been about 5 days and I have seen good results so far but in order for the loading dose to be at full effect she needs to be grained twice a day. I got a text after noon that she wasn't grained this morning because someone else fed. Pretty pissed that I wasn't told right away so I could send someone else out there. So many things are just getting to me.

For some reason there was hardly anyone out at the other barn this morning so I didn't get a chance to talk to anyone but my science teacher is helping find some private farms for my horse and I will have class again on Tuesday. But in the mean time I'm searching craigslist and everything else looking. I can always text the other barn owner and see if she knows of anywhere but I think she was working last night so I'm not going to bother her today.

Oh and I don't mind hay that's a year old or so it's the fact that is was baled too soon and never allowed to properly dry so mold runs rampant.
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post #46 of 56 Old 04-13-2013, 02:58 PM
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You are showing how "green" you are to horse ownership. I have kept horses since 1985. There are years when you can be very picky about the hay your buy. There are years like 2012, when horse owners would take WHATEVER they could GET, and say, "thank you."
I would talk to the BO and find out about your hay situation. You should have read Dreamcatcher's 2012 post. She took the weather advice from the Farmer's Almanac and bought her 2012-2013 hay in May of 2012. But the Fall of 2012, hay growers in NE didn't have much hay left to sell bc of the severe drought.
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post #47 of 56 Old 04-13-2013, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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I understand the drought but here we still have hay being sold at reasonable prices. To me reasonable is still fairly high as we did have a shortage and that's how supply and demand works. Also more hay fields are being converted to more profitable crops like corn. But hay is still available here. To me a drought isn't an excuse to bale hay wet. That's how it got moldy. Bo complained just a week ago that hay should still be $2/bale. And once again I'm very willing to pay for increased hay cost.
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post #48 of 56 Old 04-19-2013, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Well I go look at a barn tonight. It will be a million steps up from where I am and from where I ever thought I could afford. Board is about double but they are hiring weekend help. And its full care board so for this area it isn't bad at all. Heated indoor arena with wash stalls. Our horses will be pasture boarded. While I haven't seen the place yet it came recommended by a friend of mine. They are also extremely picky with hay. We have pretty much decided its where we want to move so just have to go work everything out. Still haven't told anyone yet and I don't plan to until she's loaded up.
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post #50 of 56 Old 04-20-2013, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Move tomorrow! So excited. The new place is really nice and even though its a top dressage barn in the area it is a very laid back atmosphere. I think we will be very happy. They will be on 24/7 hay until pasture then 24/7 pasture. And it's full board. Hay is excellent quality, we made sure to look at all of it. All the horses look great as well. Right on some great trails and an indoor heated arena.
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