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post #11 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 10:53 PM
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Yes there is a hay exchange....just google Oklahoma Hay Exchange and it should pop up. I use the one for Kansas to monitor prices. What type of hay does your father have? If it's a good grass hay I know several up this way who may be interested in splitting a truck load since we mostly have alfalfa in this area.


We aren't talking about being in tornado alley for the past couple of weeks.......we have Super Cells headed our way right now and the weather radio just issued a warning for our area. The forecast is for another week of this dangerous weather in the Plains.
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post #12 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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I was planning on doing this, but with my whole barn/stable. The whole thing is the safe room. With extra horse stalls so I could rent a few out. I am kinda thinking people around my area might be willing to pay a little more to stable their horses with me if the whole barn will keep their horses safe in weather like ours. The in-ground one, na, doesn't seem appealing to me at all. Sounds like pain in the ****. >.< I don't know if it's possible to build something like that, but been asking around to different construction/structural engineers to find out. It's not just the horses that are expensive. All that equipment....
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post #13 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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I am not in Bixby yet, but it's close enough I could drive there within 45 minutes, even if they're on the other side of me. :) As for what kind of hay my dad has, I'll give him a call in the morning, see if I can get him to talk to me about it. See how much he'd want for it or if he's just wanting to pawn some of it off on someone before it goes bad. Dad's kinda old, sometimes his minds not so good, might take me more than one phone call to get the information you're wanting.


But.. that's not really what I had in mind. I'm looking for an organization who takes the hay from people who have way too much of it, and give it to people who need it. People who would normally loose their horses without that donation. And perhaps a year or two later, if they have a good summer, they can return the favor to someone else. That sort of thing. I've never herd of anything like that. There's horse rescues out there, but what about helping good owners keep the horses they already have?

I can tell you all, if I ever get to where I wanna get to in life, if any of you ever write me up and say, "Hey girl, you busy, we're passing by your way and wondering if we can stay a night or two, do a bit of trail riding, mind if we use your barn, steal a couple of bails from your loft, re-stock and be on our way?" I'll be all 'Hell yeah, come on by, we'll put out the BBQ grill for ya!' The **** snakes and coyotes might scare a few of ya'all off if you're not use to them. But anyone who's hauling horses that need a rest would be welcome.

Can't wait for the repairs on that property to get finished and start building! Been dreaming about it for years. Belonged to my great grandmother and gosh, I miss her to bits. I know when I get moved out there it'll feel like I got a bit of her back.
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post #14 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 11:15 PM
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I live out in Stillwater area and wouldn't mind you coming out here every now and then. If you can get something fairly regular in Bixby that would definitely suit you better, but hey, if nobody is calling you back.......I'm open.

As far as tornadoes go, we have 10 stalls, none of them anything special really, but the barns have withstood the hail. I did lose one barn back in 2013, the end of May twister then got my little 2 stall quarantine barn and I've never put it back up. We've lived here for almost 14 years and only gone down in the shelter twice, so really, most of the time it's not that much of a deal.

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post #15 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 11:19 PM
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But.. that's not really what I had in mind. I'm looking for an organization who takes the hay from people who have way too much of it, and give it to people who need it. People who would normally loose their horses without that donation. And perhaps a year or two later, if they have a good summer, they can return the favor to someone else. That sort of thing. I've never herd of anything like that. There's horse rescues out there, but what about helping good owners keep the horses they already have?
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A good friend of mine tried to get something organized like you're talking about during the last bad drought. Unfortunately the hay guys were so busy gouging for $$$ and the horsemen who found hay for whatever price, were snapping it up and nobody got around to actually doing anything good. She, unfortunately, passed away in 2011 and I've not heard anything more about it. So, unless he wanted to donate directly to a rescue or something, I don't really have any suggestions.

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post #16 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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So, unless he wanted to donate directly to a rescue or something, I don't really have any suggestions.
You're right. A lot of people are greedy, selfish, they see a way to exploit others, and do it. And a lot of people are not like that at all. Some people just need to be aware of the others in need, and they'd help 'em. I'm kind of wondering how hard it would be to set up a web site that did just that. People who've got too much hay in one area, just want to get rid of the excess, willing to donate it, and other people with the trucks, willing to haul it to the people who need it. Perhaps keep a few round bails for themselves for their troubles.

If my dad is having a good year, then it comes to reason all his neighbors are too, so they've no use for it either. lol

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post #17 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Oh my goodness! Few days of reading information here and I am so overwhelmed! >.< I was rather hoping to be a bit of a minimalist when it comes to buying equipment for my horses, that doesn't seem possible? Or am I wrong? I don't mind spending a lot of money for the necessary items, like medical, feed, ect. But I'm not one to go crazy buying ten different saddles for one horse! >.< Is it possible to buy just one very high quality saddle for more than one horse? Or is each saddle a custom fit? And how long can you ride your horses per session? How much ground work time do you put in for the average horse (per day) if you yourself have no time restraints? Obviously if the horse is huffin and puffin, out of breath, probably a bit too much. But if they don't show any signs of that.. How much is too much?

What types of equipment can you buy in advance? How do you know it's the best quality you can get? (I'd rather have 1-2 of the best stuff than 20 of of the crappy stuff). Oh my goodness where to even start. Was kind of hoping to get a head start in some of this stuff, even before I have bought my horses, but that doesn't look so good now. >.<

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post #18 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, and conflicting information of if a horse should wear shoes or not? What the - !

Keep in mind, I'm hoping to buy / adopt an older horse. And ride it for miles around my property, just going for a nice walk, meet the neighbors, ect. See what we can see. I plan on letting it stay out in pastor for most of its time when I'm not with it, with the other horses. Only when we have severe weather conditions coming in, or the horse needs care, or I plan on riding, will the horse be in the barn / stables.

Half the people are telling me shoes are a must. Other half are telling me so long as I have a good farrier, take good care of my horse, shoes are not necessary.

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post #19 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 11:20 AM
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The tack thing is a slowly developed addiction. It seems like you can't just have one saddle for 4 horses, it turns into 4 saddles for each horse. It's a hard fight, LOL! The good news is, you don't have to have a bazillion different items. Most people slowly collect stuff over the years.

Shoes are up to the horse and his feet. I don't have a single shod horse, and I own 10. I would if they showed me a need but so far, haven't had any that do.
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post #20 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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The tack thing is a slowly developed addiction.

That's just it, I don't want this addiction! I don't plan on it- ever! So I'm looking for top quality items. And when those wear out, just replace them. **** the cost if the cost is worth it and the item lasts. Just, where the hell to start? You have a look on just how many diff types of curry combs there are out there? >.< New people in over their heads. Ten people telling me 10 diff things. No wonder I'm confused.

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