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post #1 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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I have two horses. No hay. Hay is non existant for miles around. We've had the worst drought in years. I have searched and searched for it. I even asked a neighbor that bales his own hay if he could spare some. He said he may not have enough to last the winter. Called the local humane society and asked them. They told me if I find any to let them know. I'm at a loss.

My horses have been fine up until a month ago. They are starting to drop weight at an alarming rate. I feed them equine senior according to the directions, a quart scoop of both corn and oats, one cup of corn oil and two flakes of alfalfa that I buy at TSC. They also have a mineral block and have had a power pack worming. Their teeth are in good condition also. I've never had this happen!

I'm so worried! What can I do? I feel like a bad mom. Please if you know of a way I can get the weight back and how to feed without hay my horses would very much apperciate it.
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:34 PM
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Can you buy hay cubes from TSC and feed those?
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post #3 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:36 PM
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:37 PM
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You can substitute alfalfa or compressed grass cubes for hay. Yes, it's expensive, but I've done it when hay wasn't available and none of mine lost weight.

You can also try haystretcher pellets, but avoid the cheap ones. They have some alarming ingredients.

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post #5 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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[QUOTE=AlexS;1302224]Can you buy hay cubes from TSC and feed those?[/QUOTE



Would that be the Timithy Cubes? How much would you recommend?
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post #6 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:40 PM
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Would that be the Timithy Cubes? How much would you recommend?
There is a variety of them available.

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I have never used them, so I will defer the answer of how much to someone who has.
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post #7 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:44 PM
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OP, I feel for you and all who are dealing with the hay shortage problem.

I've never used cubes as an exclusive source of hay but do feed soaked alfalfa cubes in a mash to my oldest who is lacking in the teeth department, he also gets free choice chopped tim/orchard hay though. I'm sure someone on here has an answer to feeding it exclusively as there are a lot of folks in the same boat unfortunately.

You might also look into getting a group of folks together and have it trucked in from out of state. I know a lot of the extra hay here is going south on trucks. If I'd not already sold my extra, I'd send some your way :(

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post #8 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:45 PM
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I'm in Wyoming and we've seen HUGE shipments going out. So, not only is the south hurting for lack of hay but the hay we have up here isn't staying. My hay supplier told me to buy more than I thought I'd need because if I ran out I'd be screwed. This is hurting us all!
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post #9 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Sarahver, where bouts in the south you at? Thank you for the link. I may have found some in Shreveport or Center.
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post #10 of 19 Old 01-10-2012, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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I've seen several tractor trailers come thru town loaded with hay. I just want to chase one down and beg them for a bale!
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