Yeah. Hay scams are running rampant around here. I figure I'll pay more in the long run buying it the way I do, but I am just too leary to buy hay from a total stranger running an add on craig's list.
we're having that happening around here too. People buying truckloads of hay and it never showing up. How can someone do that?
It sucks. A ton of timothy/orchard/pasture grass was ~$180 last year, this year it's $285. It's insane. The mix (pasture or orchard/alfalfa) is total crap so we've taken to getting bales of pasture and bales of alfalfa and mixing out own. My TB cannot maintain weight on straight grass and the amount he needs to eat a day is really going to kill me. I'm planning on borrowing the super duty and flat bed trailer from my ex to get a few tons of hay now so I can feed through the winter. That, however, doesn't necessarily help out the lady I board my horses with as she has three horses and four burros to feed as well. It just sucks. :(
Also - all of the bagged feed has gone up just like you're experiencing. A bag of stable mix used to be $8.50 not even 3-4mths ago and now it's $13. COB went from $11 to $19, strategy from $17 to $21 (not SO bad) and then the LMF development from $18 to $20 (again not so bad but still - it adds up).
Another reason I hate winter and living in the desert.