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        09-25-2012, 06:12 PM
    I'd happily toss it, or just mention it to my supplier to see if they'll exchange it, assuming it came to me moldy and I didn't cause it :P though I've been known to only throw out the moldy half if it's obviously clean on the other side and I'm broke xD My draft doesn't mind if it's not perfect but I'll never risk mold.
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        09-25-2012, 06:29 PM
    I pull off what appears to be moldy then smell hay that was near it, which is really dumb. If it smells like corn, it is withheld also. Hay should not smell like corn.
        09-25-2012, 07:04 PM
    Green Broke
    With moldy hay that was good quality hay, I break it up and mulch down into the yard with the mower.

    With my usually high quality grass hay that was chuck full of hop clover last year? I sold the worst of it (about 60 bales) for 25 cents on the dollar to my cow neighbor.

    The bales that weren't too bad, I picked the hop clover out, then took it up on the ridge and threw it into the woods area we have fenced off from the horses for the deer to eat, get moldy, whatever--------------
        09-25-2012, 08:50 PM
    I throw it in the fire pit if I see or smell the tiniest bit of mold (or send it back - if whomever we got it from will take it back in exchange) My husband thinks I am crazy but I am not willing to risk it.. !! Personal preference :)
        09-25-2012, 09:35 PM
    Green Broke
    Since the picky hay subject has been brought up, I forgot and so has everyone else:

    Pitch the bale if you see droppings on it. I had to throw out a perfectly good and very expensive bale of bermuda hay because the droppings on it were either Raccoon or Opossum.

    While it looked like Raccoon droppings, I swear I caught something light colored skitter under the pallet a few weeks before I found the droppings. Light color means Opossum and Opossum MIGHT equal EPM if the opossum was a carrier

    Mr. WTW said "I think you should just pick the manure off and feed it". I told him "there you go thinking again, if there's p**p, there's probably urine. If the critter has EPM my horses are dead. D-e-a-d dead and you'll wish you were"

    Since archery was coming in and I was closing off the high ridge pasture anyway, I took the bale up there and scattered it. That section of pasture won't be re-opened until next year; by then the hay will be either eaten by deer or will have "returned to dust", so-to-speak.
        09-25-2012, 09:36 PM
    Green Broke
    I`m quite picky about the hay I feed in the stalls as it is such a confined space.

    I`m more lenient, but not a lot, about the hay I feed outside. If it has minor mold, I`ll take that off and if the rest passes my sniff and shake test I`ll feed it loose on the ground (not in the feeders); if a bale has weeds in it, I`ll feed that loose on the ground as well.

    We make our own hay so it`s either use it or toss it. We have a spot out in one field where we put the garbage hay to decompose.

    Let me preface this by saying I am definitely not a supporter of mold. However, if you take a good look at your pasture (particularly one with trees in it), I think you might surprised with the mold and fungus that can be found there depending on the seasons.
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        09-25-2012, 09:43 PM
    Round bales, which I very rarely feed, I am not so picky about, I put it out, it better be good, what happens in the 10 days that my horses chow through it, I don't care. As far as bales, I rarely find a rotten bale, once in a blue moon, I will find with a spot of mold on the top, I throw away that section & feed the rest. My horses are more picky about the hay than I am, I notice they leave hay sometimes & pee on it, must mean it didn't taste right or something, I don't know.
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        09-25-2012, 09:46 PM
    I toss it. I came to the conclusion many years ago that it was cheaper to buy and feed only the best feed than to pay vet bills. A colic vet bill for 1 horse is just about equal to the price of 1 pallet of the good stuff for concentrates or 2 tons of good hay. Both of the later will feed my 10 horses a lot longer than that 1 vet bill will keep that one horse healthy if I feed crap feed.
        09-25-2012, 09:59 PM
    If it is only a few bales it is probably worth tossing it to the cows, or as compost, or decoration. If it is more, I would contact whoever you got it from and see about swapping it out.
        09-25-2012, 11:08 PM
    Originally Posted by Chevaux    

    Let me preface this by saying I am definitely not a supporter of mold. However, if you take a good look at your pasture (particularly one with trees in it), I think you might surprised with the mold and fungus that can be found there depending on the seasons.
    You have a good point here. I am still picky about what I feed but know I can only control so much. While we have no trees in our pasture, I do notice some moulds on some of the weed. I don't know how these are different from hay mould. The pasture plants are all common to this area and found in most hay, but I still hand pull the weeds the horses seem to dislike.

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