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        01-14-2013, 07:40 PM
    Originally Posted by .Delete.    
    If you cannot afford hay, don't buy a horse.
    Exactly this. *shakes head*
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        01-14-2013, 07:42 PM
    Exactly what?
        01-14-2013, 08:22 PM
    Originally Posted by chance629    
    exactly what?
    If you can't afford to feed a horse, don't buy a horse. They are living breathing creatures that have VERY sensitive digestive systems that need to be constantly working. If they are not eating and go to long without eating they will colic, and when they colic it can cause death.

    Hay is not something you can just "skip". So I repeat, if you can't afford to feed it, don't buy it.
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        01-14-2013, 08:28 PM
    Green Broke
    If you cannot afford hay, you cannot afford a horse.

    Simple as that.
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        01-15-2013, 10:59 AM
    Chance, Hay is a staple of any horse's diet and is necessary. You'll find that if you cheat and remove it from a horse's diet you will open youself up to a world of possible health issues. Hay prices will vary, quality will also vary. There are different grasses to consider, each breed is different in their needs. The one size fits all approach does not work with equines. Some are "hard keepers" meaning you will need hay, grain, supplements, etc to keep them at an ideal weight and you will find the combos necessary add up quickly!

    If considering a horse please do some research. Find someone willing to teach you what they know, visit and help out for a few weeks. Learn about routine care, diet, cleaning, grooming, vet care, issues to watch for and safety. Talk with a vet and get a good firm grip on the costs involved, trust me an accident can shock you silly, vet costs are inevitable. Farrier costs also. I have had several friends that were interested in getting a horse for a child. I talked them into spending a week with me learning and 9 times out of 10 they decide there is too much work and cost involved. Horse ownership is fun and rewarding but a big commitment! When I adopt an animal it is for the life span of the animal! You can never ask a bad question nor learn too much!
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        01-15-2013, 11:11 AM
    What Robtouw said...

    Also, is $10 a bale for grass hay? Is that a feed store price or the price from the grower? BIG difference as a rule.
        01-15-2013, 11:33 AM
    Dustbunny is right! Buying from a farmer is so much smarter, they do not have the markup that a feed store will place on it. Also you have choices in sizes, rounds, square bales,etc. You can deal with a farmer buy so many bales and get a discount or pull the bales from the field at harvest for a lower price, etc. Right now I am paying $35 for round bales, about $5 squares for coastal hay from a local farmer. Our local feed store sells rounds at $75 each and squares at $11. Again, research.
        01-15-2013, 12:49 PM
    The OP is banned guys
        01-15-2013, 12:56 PM
    I noticed the "banned" after posting a reply.
    So...if someone is banned how are they allowed to post? And what does the littleer ! In the red box mean under avatars? I have looked to find out but find no info. Maybe after a few years I'll figure out how to find info and what stuff means.
        01-15-2013, 01:03 PM
    The OP wasn't banned when he made the thread. He/she got banned after they posted.

    The red box with the ! In it is to report a post to the mods that breaks forum rules.

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