I am in central TX and this area is in a severe drought right now. Hay is getting hard to find....Even the local feed store was out of it this weekend and not positive on the ETA of the next shipment -- YIKES! My previous supplier informed me today that he's out and doesn't expect more for another month or so. The biggest problem I am running into is that I am a one-horse show, so to speak, and most of the sellers I'm finding who DO have hay, want to sell large quantities of it. I have neither the money in hand nor the storage space for 200+ bales! I've still got grass on my property, but of course that won't last if we don't get some rain.
My horse is "idle" at the moment, recovering from a bad trim...... and I am giving him around 2 lbs. Daily of a 12%-protein pelleted feed (he's around 1,000 lbs). I know his diet can't consist solely of pellet feed, and I don't like to over-grain a horse that isn't working, but I'm starting to get anxious over the hay situation. Is there anything else I can add to supplement his diet?.....he's turned out 24/7, so he's grazing, for the moment, but the pickings are getting sparse.