prairie hay is costing between $85 (if your lucky) to $115 for a big round, brome is a little higher..alfalfa is higher yet, here in kansas.. hay was alot cheaper last year..but just the fact that these people have a horse but yet are dilusional to the hay prices and the fact that they didnt think ahead for wint, makes me really sad for that horse!!
I am lucky enough to still be grazing my girls, but that didnt mean I waited til the last second to buy hay. I did have to wait longer than I wanted as we were trying to close on our house and if it had fallen through I would have NO hay storage.. but not a week or so after closing I secured my first load of hay.
We are set for a shortage later in the season I think, wasn't a great growing season again this year but it wasn't dreadful either. I'm thinking I might reserve 20 rounds from whoever I get my hay from, only have the storage for one round at a time so most years we have a delivery every 2-3 weeks and pay on delivery.
In a really really good year there's more hay than the farmers can sell and if it's kept under cover you can usually get old-season hay for around half the price... but it's lost a lot of nutrients so is better for ponies and laminitic types. With my older gelding who is an average keeper, and possibly this rescue, I need really good hay, the sort of stuff you feed specifically to put weight on rather than "roughage hay" as I call it that's really only there to keep them from feeling hungry/getting ulcers/colicking.