Originally Posted by CLaPorte432
If you do not have the money to feed a horse, you have no business owning one. $50-$150 in hay will not last you a month, let alone through the whole winter.
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I am very sorry that you have not studied up on horse-keeping.
I use ~ 320 (55-60 pound) bales of any kind of hay/November-April. My horses are on full pasture the other months of the year, AND they are just this side
of being overweight.
If you can't afford the hay, HOW can you afford worming this year, shots and anything else
Alfalfa is NOT the only hay, nor is it considered to best hay to feed horses. It was planted and harvested bc it puts down 3' roots or deeper and can survive droughts on the high plains, PLUS, cattle fatten up well on it. For horses it is VERY RICH, and I prefer to buy alfalfa hay that is one year old bc it is still good horse hay, but it isn't as high in protein. HORSES NEED LOW PROTEIN FOOD and LOTS OF IT. They eat ~8 small meals/day and their gut is healthiest if it is LOW PROTEIN WITH HIGH FIBER.
There is more than one place to shop for hay. Have you looked around to see if anybody else sells quality hay for less than $13.50/bale? My hay man is selling grass bales $4.50/bale and alfalfa-grass mix bales for $5.50/bale. LAST YEAR during the drought he sold straight alfalfa to me for $6/bale, and that's bc the drought dried up all of the grass in those fields and they had to be reseeded this year. SOME locals spent $11/bale in November, 2012.
I had 80 bales left from last year's purchase, and I buy by the truckload--MY trucks, my unload and stack. Hay storage is a BIG DEAL. I have room in my barn's loft for ~500 bales. I store my hay, my straw and my bedding in my loft, and I try to buy THOSE ahead of time so I don't run out.
PLEASE educate yourself and don't starve your horses.