08-20-2011, 08:27 PM
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You can always stretch hay with BP, hay cubes and pellets. You will sustitute it # for #. So say you short your horse 5# of hay a day, you will add 5# of the forage replacment. However, before you do that, you need to figure out what's really cheaper. At $10/50# bag of BP or pellets you will be paying $400/ton. That would mean a typical 60# SS has to be costing you $12 or more for them to actually be cheaper.
Look around at what else is available. As long as the hay next door isn't moldy or spoiled, look at it as a way to stretch what you'v got. Give them 1/3 of the lesser hay and the rest in the good stuff. It will keep them busy and help keep them warm in the winter.