Yeah tell me about it. Cheapest is $18 a bale and its small and really crappy. Id rather have larger bales that last me longer and are better quality. Especially when it comes to feeding my stallion. He is SUPER picky. If its too dry or has too many stems he wont touch it. My pregnant mare will eat anything.
I can also get Alfalfa blocks. Anywhere from 700 pounds to 1200 pounds. They run around $120 to $200 I believe. Never tried them though, just heard about a place that started carrying them. Have a couple friends that are trying them out. One friend's horses are doing so well that she has removed their grain intake all together.