I agree with trinity I wouldn't be feeding that to my horses by choice. If I had no access to any other hay I would be picking through that bale and removing all of the crap. I usually buy hay from a family friend, but he had run out last spring and I had gotten a few bad bales from a local farmer when I was in desperate need. I ended up and paying an arm and a leg for (50$ per bale) two bales that which had thistles, corn stalks and branches running through the entire bale (round bale). I also found three cow skulls in another bale from the same guy. Imagine my confusion when I kept finding Cow skulls in my paddock ;)
Yep! You better believe I got my money back too. The skulls weren't completely intact but they were still huge. As the horses ate down the round bale they kept appearing over that one week period... Had me getting all paranoid about the coyotes in the area until the DH put two and two together for me lol.
Wow, I know for a fact that Cinny would STARVE himself before eating THAT! He's very picky and I've seen him not eat for 3 days on better hay LOL. So far my barn here in Lincoln has been doing okay in the hay department. Cinny hasn't skipped any meals anyway and it looks pretty good. I know some people in our area have it really bad though.
And they are upping Board by $25 to pay for the Crap
It is good thing I put my moths notice in. They passed up really good quality hay for this stuff all to save a buck then raised out board on top of it.
I know they will be loosing 9 horses in a month and the Hay is just the tip of the reason why.
Here is pictures of the nasty Hay. I btw went and got my own after I saw this.
This came out of half a bale
25.00 is a very small amount to raise to pay for hay this year. We have used CRP hay this winter and had no issues with it... and im feeding pregnant mares. If your horse is being grained.. the hay doesn't really matter to a point. Horses are not dumb. Mine pick out the good stuff and leave out the coarser stuff you are worried about.
I'd like you to see how much everything costs to care for your horse and add it up.. and see how that goes with what you pay.
MOST barns are lucky if they are "making" a buck a day per horse. There is very little money in horse boarding so yes saving a buck here and there needs to be done!
There are so many costs involved in feeding/caring for horses.. add onto that tractors, repairs, fuel, time, insurance, electricity, etc. and that goes up even more!
Looks like CRP hay. Not really the end of the world. The sticks and such can't be helped much. Unless I suppose one wanted to walk a few hunderd acres. Yeah it's not prime hay. But it's good grass and the horses eat around the sticks and briars. We fed about 100 bales of it past fall once CRP fields got cut. I couldn't complain. Cheap and good grass, heck ill take it. Posted via Mobile Device
I would NOT be feeding that to my horses.
In the UK we are struggling for hay. Most farmers only got 1 cut instead of 2 or 3 (mainly due to too much water falling from the sky and not allowing us to dry the **** stuff) however I would NOT be putting hay like that in front of my horses.
My YO has sourced some amazing stuff. A couple of the bales have been a bit twiggy but the Hay has been amazing otherwise.
Ditch hay, I've seen it here too, same weeds. If the horses have hay 24/7 they'll pick thro and leave the undesirable stuff. Don't always dismiss weeds in the hay. Learn to recognize them and do your homework. There are quite a number of weeds that are quite nutritious for horses. Some of the tiny seeds are very high in protein. I take a horse for grazing off property and closely observe it's choices as it's all wild. It's very different to what it will eat in mid summer and again in the fall.