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    09-24-2011, 11:19 PM
I've never felt so lucky to live where I do. I've never heard of hay being upward of 10 bucks a bale. I pay around $3.50 for quality grass/alfalfa mix (50-60 pound bales).

That's crazy.

They're giving horses away at our local auction. It's sad.
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    09-25-2011, 12:24 AM
$7 a bale for hay/alfafa mix, about 80lbs or better bales. Don't know what grade yearlings sell for, but a reg. Yearling QH is close to $1000 for your average horse, anything that is wow, is more.
    09-25-2011, 04:04 AM
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100 lb bales of hay, either alfalfa or bermuda, are going for around $16-17 a bale here in Arizona. Horse prices are pretty reasonable and I hear rumors of free horses from time to time, but I am rather scared to pursue any because hay prices are supposed to go to $20 or more a bale this winter. Also we (and most other horse owners around these parts) do not have pasture so we feed hay year round. Boy, I would go giddy to be able to have pasture and not feed hay in the summer!

Dog-gone-it, why do the hay prices have to be so high when the horse prices are so low? It's a horse buyers market out there right now. I would love to be shopping!
    09-25-2011, 04:08 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Jessabel    
I've never felt so lucky to live where I do. I've never heard of hay being upward of 10 bucks a bale. I pay around $3.50 for quality grass/alfalfa mix (50-60 pound bales).

That's crazy.

They're giving horses away at our local auction. It's sad.
I don't understand why the horse prices are so low when the hay is so cheap where you live.

I can understand it here- hay is $17 a bale and we have to feed it year round. But with cheap hay, why are the horses so cheap? That doesn't make sense to me. Gosh, and I bet you guys have grass too! Arizona is a fricken desert.
    09-25-2011, 07:46 AM
Green Broke
Probably because the cost of living/what people make equals out to where the cost of horses are still expensive to the people paying less for hay...
    09-25-2011, 08:13 AM
Ouch on those hay prices! We put up our own and luckily had a decent year. I've seen ads on CL, straight alfalfa squares are going for around $4 and tim/orchard squares $3. Round bales about $30, but we've had a wet year so I wouldn't trust the round bales for horses at all.

I haven't been to Shipse to the auction since they rebuilt after the fire. I'm not surprised at the prices though at all. That area was hit hard with the economy crash with all of the people who worked in the RV industry. I can remember hearing on the news when the elkhart/goshen area's unemployment rate hit 20%. I'm curious what prices have been like at the draft auctions in Topeka.
    09-25-2011, 09:01 AM
When we went to the Topeka draft auction in october 2009, the average price was around $1200 for drop dead GORGEOUS horses, broke and everything. The yearlings were about $800 and weanling $600, the old broken down farmies were about $150-$200. The kill buyer was cleaning the place out though
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    09-25-2011, 09:10 AM
Wow, GR. I was curious to see if they were holding their value in an area that relies so heavily on working horses. Guess not as much as I figured. How sad.
    09-25-2011, 12:56 PM
I live in southwest FL and I pay 14$ a square bale for O/A. That's pretty good and they are large bales. Hay has never been cheap here, alfalfa bales are at least 18$ and they are usually smaller. I don't even know of any auctions in the state, so I couldn't tell you about that... But I did buy my horse as an unbroke 2 yo stud for 365$ which even considering is cheap. Though browse craigslist and there's tons of horses for sale under 1k.
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