sheesh even for here [rounds or squares, either way] $150 is cheap....... HERE, and our farmers have JUST cut and baled. A single grass round here is about $55 this time of year [more if it's nice enough to keep/put weight on a hard keeper] and in a bad year can be as much as $100 towards the end of winter. I have to get a few rounds soon so my horses don't drop weight and with the distinct possibility I might be rescuing a very skinny TB it is going to have to be good hay, probably oaten from this one guy who's been advertising in the local paper. That's $77/round, and we usually go through a round every 2 weeks if we just stick it in the paddock with them, so in a season that's a LOT of hay. Last year we started with 100 squares, which lasted us a few months [1 whole square bale/day between 2 easy keepers and a horse that refused to eat it - but the picky one was costing a fortune in grain because he's not an easy keeper] then went through 16 rounds.
We usually hay from about Nov/Dec [now-ish] right through summer and autumn, through winter and then normally break off around Aug/Sept when the spring flush happens and they're all fat on grass alone. If I'm feeding oaten rounds, though, I might get a few pallets to keep my rounds off the ground and keep them covered and away from the horses so it doesn't get spread everywhere... and the ponies don't explode!
MAKORA THOROUGHBRED SPORTHORSES
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 11-16-2012 at 01:19 PM.