my new bale of T&A hay got soaking wet. I need to toss it, right? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 24 Old 08-14-2010, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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my new bale of T&A hay got soaking wet. I need to toss it, right?

Arghhhh! I picked up a bale of hay today using my hubby's pickup truck. He was doing some work in the driveway, so I had to park out on the street. He said he would move the truck later and unload the hay at that time.

Out of nowhere, a MONSOON erupted! It rained hard and steady for about 45 minutes.

The hay is ruined, isn't it?

It was not expensive, only $11. I just hate driving back up to the feed store again!

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post #2 of 24 Old 08-14-2010, 08:57 PM
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I would open it up and spread it loosely apart in a sheltered area so that it can dry out. Also, try keeping it out of the heat that way mold is less than likely to start growing. If it were my hay I would still use it.

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post #3 of 24 Old 08-14-2010, 09:05 PM
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Horses eat wet hay out in the rain all the time, and it's not ruined until it starts to mold. I would just feed it right away...if it starts to smell musty, they won't eat it anyway.

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I agree with the suggestion to spread it in a shelter, etc. Free feed it (unless you can't for medical etc.) so it gets used up more quickly and doesn't go to waste. will be more disappointed by the things you didnít do than by the ones you did do. ... Explore. Dream. Discover.Ē
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post #5 of 24 Old 08-14-2010, 10:04 PM
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was it a round bale? most people who use round bales leave thme out in the pasture and the end up getting rained on anyway, just keep a close eye on it and use it imediately and if it starts to mold then get rid of it.

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post #6 of 24 Old 08-14-2010, 10:16 PM
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Unless you have a horse that very colic prone then just check it really thoroughly before you feed it, and spreading it around in is a good idea, too.
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post #7 of 24 Old 08-15-2010, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for the quick replies! Love this forum!

I only have two minis...and both of them are FAT. They only get 1/4 flake in the morning, and another 1/4 flake at night (so, with two minis, I use a flake a day.) They also get a small amount of 10% pellets (the 29 "petite Boo gets a big handful twice a day. Bruno, the 34" thick guy gets two big handfuls twice a day.) I really can't feed them anymore than that. Maybe I will give my neighbor that has a few horses half the bale so at least it gets used up and doesn't go to waste.

Thanks again, my DH told me the wet hay was not as bad as I thought!
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post #8 of 24 Old 08-15-2010, 10:09 AM
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turn the hay on its side on one level and toss rock salt (Not the road kind but kind you can eat) over it. the salt helps wick away moisture and when its on its side it can "drain" . keeping it all on one level keeps the hay from soaking other hay and also make sure it is off the ground so it can stay ventilated. then just ear mark it to be the first stuff fed.

you dont need the salt but it does help.

the salt wont hurt the horses.. just make them drinkmore. never a bad thing.

its not ruined unless you stack it wet and then leave it with no circualtion. will be moldy and useless in about a week.
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post #9 of 24 Old 08-15-2010, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, reyvin! I did not use the salt. I separated the flakes and let each side dry for a few hours. It seemed ok. Of course, stacking the flakes up in the feed room was a mess. Oh well, I will clean that later. I am glad I salvaged the hay, and glad I asked on this forum. I really did assume that the hay would be worthless!

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heres what happened to use. we bought some hay from our hay guy and lots of them had heat producing from it you can see it you feel it. most of the time if you just put your hand in that part of the bale reach in pull it out it will be a brown color. DO NOT KEEP IT!!! and do not pull the bale apart to look you will be able to feel it. you can more then likely sell it as cow hay. but you normally should not feed a horse wet hay after its been baled
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