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post #1 of 4 Old 06-22-2016, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Feed complete feed.. !! Can't find anyone with hay!!

Ok so im down to like 2 round bales for my horses which will not last them very long. It's always a struggle to get decent hay where I am and I pay a fortune to have hay delivered. At this time I don't have the money to really stock up on hay like I need to. My dog had major surgery, which caught me way off guard and was a lot more expensive than I was planning (like it usually is).
The only place I can get hay from is my local TSC and the hay is not very good quality. so now I'm thinking of going to a complete feed or like a "hay replacer" for the time being.
Do you guys have any experience with feeding complete feed? I was thinking of buying as many bales as I can from TSC and giving a couple flakes so they're not bored out of their minds between meals.
I would really only need to do this for a couple weeks until I can find a GOOD and dependable hay provider.
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-22-2016, 11:00 PM
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If I were in your position, I would go for the bags of hay cubes from TS. I hate the hay that they get, it's never very good quality. Hay cubes and put the little bit of hay that you do have in nets to slow them down. If it takes them longer to eat it, they won't get bored.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-22-2016, 11:13 PM
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When we had the real bad drought a few years ago, I fed Omolene 400 and whatever kind of hay I could get. I was paying over $200/round bale, so it had to stretch.

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post #4 of 4 Old 06-22-2016, 11:16 PM
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I think hay is going to be a big issue for a lot of folks this year.

Everyone needs to pay attention to your weather. I told DH when I did the first bus hogging in March that I think there might be a hay shortage in our area. The grass was tall but it was very thin.

Sure enough my area is 7" behind on rain and we are officially in a mild drought.

I bought a year's worth of hay and got the last 200 bales the farmer is selling. It is "prime rib" quality orchard hay, I paid a "prime rib" price, but it was worth every penny.

Buy as much hay as you can hold and hopefully afford.

OP, I am so sorry about the dog's unexpected surgery. There is never a good time for these things to happen but right when you're trying to stock up on hay, makes it all the worse.

I hope you can bounce back fairly fast and get your hay issue resolved.

Ditto on the hay cubes. I used them in my two elder horses to add supplements to their feed pan. I always soaked the cubes because I was afraid of choke and wanted the supplements to mix in.

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