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post #1 of 14 Old 07-03-2015, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding my horses in Prescott AZ question.

I am not all that new to horses but we are moving from Menomonie WI to Prescott AZ next year with our two horses. We pasture our horses here in Wisconsin and feed them good hay in winter. I am not a hay expert so I just trust that the place were we board our horses uses good hay because that is what they feed their horses.

We will be fencing 5-6 acres at our place but its all oak scrub brush. So year round hay will be a must. I have been looking at Craigs list in Prescott and hay seems very expensive. It looks like my best bet will be to buy and trailer hay from werever I can find it. Probably like a full years worth.

I dont even know what to figure for a 1100lb horse a day for hay?

What do some of you guys do in the hard to get hay places?

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My daughter and her husband in SD ship hay to AZ and TX every year by the semi load.

Yeah. Hay is really expensive when you have to buy it in a place it doesn't grow.

I figure eight ton of grass hay for each of the 12 stalls I have at a barn. We rotate horses through, though, so there are days when there are not 12 horses there. We've never fed 96 ton of hay in a year. So...

I sell the left over to cattle feeders. They can chop it and mix it with their ration. Or, if we can see we are going to have too much early on, we sell to people who didn't plan for enough.

Eight ton ought to feed a horse. Those slow feeders are nice if the hay is going to be the only 'grazing' he gets.

If you figure 65 to 70# bales, that's about 30 bales/ton. Times the 8 ton, and you may need 240 square bales. Up here that would only run $800 to $1000 for a year's hay. Add fuel and handling and mark up if you buy from a dealer.

What kind of prices are you seeing?
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South of Tucson, I'm paying $16-18/bale. Bales run 70-100 lbs. An 80 lb sack of hay pellets was just $15 a couple of days ago, which is the cheapest I've paid in a couple of years. Alfalfa hay is cheaper, but I prefer Bermuda.

I'd guess I go thru about 2 bales and 2 sacks of hay pellets a week for 3 horses. My heaviest horse is 850 lbs and none of them work hard. The pellets are more reliable for nutrition, but I think they need actual grass as well. They get fed 3 times/day.

Don't know how those prices compare to Prescott.

I've paid as much as $22/bale. When we got horses 7 years ago, prices ran around $12/bale, but I don't expect to ever see that again. There have been times I've been tempted to grind up dollar bills and feed THAT to the horses...

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I've paid 20+ at Prescott and around 18+ at Yarnell for alfalfa. $11 for 50# of alfalfa pellets. The ranch where I'm located has a few horses and gets pellets delivered in bulk which is quite a bit cheaper than in the sack or hay.

Happily, my horse is mostly on pasture with the ranch horses until winter when they needs a little extra. The high mountain flora is pretty nutritious so you may be surprised that your horses find more to eat than you'd think. But maybe not.
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We used to pay$26 for 85lb bales shipped in from NV to CA.
Now,in NW NM we get really nice orchard/timothy/brome, 65-70lb bales for $8 from right across the state line in SW CO. Well worth it. My supplier ships hay to Phoenix also.
We get 35 bales every 4weeks, for three horses, they never run out of hay, and no pasture to speak of
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I wonder how much it costs by the time it gets to Phoenix.

Edit: That's 29 lb per day per horse. Big horses?
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I lived in Prescott AZ for a little less than a year. Hay prices were ridicules. I'm glad I only had goats and not horses at that time. We were paying around $22 a bale of alfalfa. When I moved to Wittmann, AZ(near Phoenix) we found a grower near Suprize, AZ that we could get 100lb bales of alfalfa for $14.50 per bale if we bought by the truckload. Might be worth driving down into the valley to get better hay prices.
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I wonder how much it costs by the time it gets to Phoenix.

Edit: That's 29 lb per day per horse. Big horses?
I can find out next time we go up there
Two with about 1300lbs, and one with 900.....VERY little other feed, literally a couple of handfuls soaked alfalfa pellets to mix the supp's in
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Right now you can get decent alfalfa for $15 a bale and pretty good Bermuda for about $14 a bale. My BO gets her hay through Scatter Rock Ranch and I think she pays about $16 per bale of alfalfa and $15 for Bermuda, but that includes delivery. These are 100-135lbs bales.

Word of caution: not all hay on Craigslist is created equal. Do NOT, at any cost, get your hay from Granite Mountain Stables. His hay is moldy, more often than not, and is not the quality he claims.
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How far is Scatter Rock from Prescott? How's the alfalfa quality? I've bought at Olsen's. They are the highest around but their hay always seems to be top quality.
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