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post #1 of 31 Old 09-11-2011, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Moldy hay, should I bring it back.

Alright, so as the title says. Today I was looking at my hay and as I was separating it, I saw that it was all moldy and dusty. I have my hay on top of a wooden board that's propped up.

When the hurricane hit we didn't realize that we had little to no hay left so we had to buy from a store down the road (my regular hay guy wasn't going up for hay for another 2 weeks). The bales from the store are $10/bale and we got 6 bales from them to last us until my hay guy got hay.

We have 3 bales left and they are all moldy. My BO told me to bring it back to them in the morning and get my money back.

Should I bring the 3 bales of hay back or just leave it alone?

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post #2 of 31 Old 09-11-2011, 12:17 AM
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First of all, 'hay gay' I cried laughing.

And second, it wouldn't hurt to take them back, whether the store will give you money back or not, you're there so why not buy more if they refuse a refund.
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First of all, 'hay gay' I cried laughing.

And second, it wouldn't hurt to take them back, whether the store will give you money back or not, you're there so why not buy more if they refuse a refund.
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Oh my!! I didn't even realize that but, . Yup I'm totally telling my hay guy about that when he makes a delivery to my BO next week, he'll crack up laughing. Honestly I wouldn't buy more because I would have to thoroughly go through the bales at the store. Okay fixed the 'hay gay'

Plus if they are moldy and I give it to my horse he won't eat it period. He'll just leave it exactly where I put it and refuses to eat until you give him the nice, green hay.
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Absolutely! Especially for 10 dollars a bale! And if they do refuse to give you a refund then...leave it there lol
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It's dangerous to feed moldy hay to horses, it can make them very sick. I would absolutely take it back and ask for either a refund or new bales. There isn't any guarantee that the store will be willing to deal like that and if they say "no", you really don't have a leg to stand on so the best you could do would be to take your business elsewhere.

However, most people would be willing to work with you and get you some good hay. Some people re-sell the moldy stuff as cattle quality.

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It's dangerous to feed moldy hay to horses, it can make them very sick. I would absolutely take it back and ask for either a refund or new bales. There isn't any guarantee that the store will be willing to deal like that and if they say "no", you really don't have a leg to stand on so the best you could do would be to take your business elsewhere.

However, most people would be willing to work with you and get you some good hay. Some people re-sell the moldy stuff as cattle quality.
Yea, beau won't eat hay that isn't good. The first couple of bales didn't look like that though and I never had a problem with their hay until now so I didn't bother to check. I will be from now on though. I feel bad but now I know for next time. ALWAYS CHECK HAY!!

I am going to bag the rest of the stuff that's open, actually I'll just tie it up and bring it to them. I hope my fiancee still has the receipt (he always keeps the receipts from that place and every other receipt for that matter) so I would guess if he still has them it would do some justice but, if not I won't put up a big thing about it but it would be nice if they took it back.
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Yeah, take that hay back. If the store cares about it's reputation they'll take care of you.

As a side note, always check your hay as you feed. There are many reasons for moldy hay and just because most the bales are good doesn't mean all of them will be. My family used to put up hay, here is a few common reasons for moldy hay:

-Bad weather was on the way so it was baled a day or two early.
-There can be "clumps" of cut grass, the center of the clump did not properly cure. Happens mostly with people who don't use a rake.
-Field can have spring holes in it, the ground will be damp in these areas so the grass does not properly cure.
-Grass was rained on after cutting and not given enough time to dry out before baling.
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I'd ABSOLUTELY take them back.

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Thanks. I didn't get the time to bring it back today but me and my BO and the other girl at my barn were talking and all of us put together we have 10 moldy bales from that place. We put aside the moldy bales and my BO and the other girl said they were going to call them to come pick them up but I am going straight down to the store first thing in the morning with the moldy bales.

My BO and the other girl both got a half a ton of hay and they aren't even half way through it and they are finding so many bales that have mold in them. I put the 3 bales to the side last night and will be bringing them back this morning.

Here's to hoping I'll get the money back or if not they'll do something about it. I've known the lady that works in the store for like 6 months now so I'm sure she'll take them back and either refund it or offer me more hay (which I won't take, can't risk it anymore) or she'll do a store credit kind of thing. What makes it somewhat better, is that the lady who works in that store, her brother owns it
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eww. Yeah take them back. When we find moldy bales and tell our hay guy about it - he usually gives us credit for them.


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