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post #1 of 34 Old 12-02-2011, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hay Shortage Whine

Warning- whining ensues, though if you have suggestions, I am all ears!

The only place I know of around here that sells good quality hay is 30 minutes away and will only sell you 5 bales at a time due to the shortage down here in South Texas. This is a HUGE PITA, even though I only have one horse. There are other places, also about 30 min away that sell hay with no limits, but it's mediocre hay at best and the last bales I got from them have too many weeds for my liking. Add that to the fact that I can only really store 100 bales at a time between my trailer and the feed/tack room, and that no one from out of town will deliver for less than 300 and I am very grumpy.

Either I
A) spend a lot of money on gas and drive out and buy 5 bales at a time for good hay, making it that much more expensive
B) buy a bunch weedy hay that's just as expensive as the good stuff and just as far away, but I can buy more
C) put 300 bales in the garage at my house

Ugh. This is no fun and the other horse folks I know already stocked up the last time the out of town hay truck came, so I can't just split an order with them. How likely is 300 bales of hay to burn my house down again? Think the hay guy would deliver to a suburban address?
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post #2 of 34 Old 12-02-2011, 08:42 PM
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Buy the largest load & store it where you can. I never, ever would want to be without hay, a reoccurring nightmare of mine, & any horse owner I suppose.
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post #3 of 34 Old 12-02-2011, 08:44 PM
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Properly made hay should not burn your house down. Reject any bales that seem to be too heavy, dusty or wet.
Texas is having a hard time with hay. Maybe your best bet would be to stock up on the weedy hay & get the good stuff when you can, to mix with it.
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post #4 of 34 Old 12-02-2011, 08:49 PM
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I lucked out on hay! My husband's boss has a place he can irrigate. He cuts/bales and sells hay. I got big round bales for $50 each!!!!! I'm not complaining at all!!! (and he gave me 10 small bales free :)) Sometimes it's good to know certain people!
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Buy the largest load & store it where you can. I never, ever would want to be without hay, a reoccurring nightmare of mine, & any horse owner I suppose.
To add to that, I am not a TX native, and where I come from, you buy all your hay for the entire winter in one go before it's under feet of snow and stuck till spring. This bale-by-bale thing makes me crazy nervous.

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Properly made hay should not burn your house down. Reject any bales that seem to be too heavy, dusty or wet.
Texas is having a hard time with hay. Maybe your best bet would be to stock up on the weedy hay & get the good stuff when you can, to mix with it.
Good to know that good hay should be safe to store. I just hate to feed lower quality hay in general, and especially now when I am trying to put weight on.

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I lucked out on hay! My husband's boss has a place he can irrigate. He cuts/bales and sells hay. I got big round bales for $50 each!!!!! I'm not complaining at all!!! (and he gave me 10 small bales free :)) Sometimes it's good to know certain people!
Lucky! I guess I am lucky too, at least I know where I can GET hay.
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You're not the only one in the same predicament in S Texas. Put an ad on CL or any horse group publication you're involved with or even on the BB at the feed store. The feed store might even want the extra. Solicit people to go in on a load with you. 50 bale minimum, cash only. You could probably unload any extra hay in a matter of hours.
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Put out some feelers for people on this forum that are within a reasonable driving distance that are looking for hay.
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post #8 of 34 Old 12-03-2011, 12:29 AM
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Buy a truckload and if you have to, rent a storage unit for it. I cannot imagine not having at least 300 bales of hay on hand. Granted if I only had one horse that would probably be some overkill but with 20.........

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With just one horse, 300 might be a little like over kill. If I figure three bales a week average, that's nearly a two year supply. :) As other people pointed out though, unloading the extra probably wouldn't be too difficult.

Still, think they'd deliver to my house in suburbia, or would I have to figure out how to move it all from the barn to my house? I haven't worked with hay haulers before, only local folks I knew.
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I go through 1-1 1/2 bales per week. (though just upped his hay, so we may be going through 2 bales per week at the most now) I just had to pay $200 for 30 bales of Prairie hay!!! Yeah, next year pray for rain. But 30 bales will last me 4-5 months. I don't think you'll be needing 300 bales of hay...LIke you said,you wouldn't be buying hay for a long time! Though, right now is not the time to stock up on hay for a few years. There are other horse owners that need hay for right now, and plus, it's just SO EXPENSIVE. Square bales of brome and prairie hay are AT LEAST $6.50 per bale and I've seen them as high as $12 per bale. Don't even talk to me about round bales....They are going for $100-$200 per bale right now. Last year, you could get a square bale for $3-$5, and a round bale for $30-$40. That being said, I think you should only maybe get 100... You don't want to break the bank, and you don't want the supplier to run out because YOU bought 300 bales (which is way too much for the winter for one horse). Right now, I have a little over 50 bales of hay, which will last me until spring. So, I think you should be fine with 75-100. Maybe more like 75 since your horse eats more hay than mine (; Look on Craigslist. That's where I found my hay. (and my horse (: )
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