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post #1 of 3 Old 05-22-2020, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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PNW to Wisconsin

I have had backyard horses 3 years now, but I am pretty much a beginner rider still. I love learning more about horse care as I go, and I have just gotten everything sorta figured out with the steep learning curve that come to owning horses.

That being said, our family is thinking about moving to Wisconsin in the near future... Lol
Do any of y'all have any suggestions or things I should be aware of with going from the PNW to Wisconsin?
Best places/ways to buy hay? Feed stores? Anything I should be prepared for as far as winter preparations?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-23-2020, 06:36 AM
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I moved from California to Massachusetts with my horses. It is a similar kind of change, from a Mediterranean climate (the PNW is still classed as Mediterranean although it is a wet variety of it) to a continental climate, although WI is colder than MA. Biggest changes with horse management:

1. Riding is not all year round unless you have access to an indoor arena. Or if you take up ski-joring with your horse.
2. Bugs in summer are a bigger problem as it is hotter while still being plenty wet.
3. Hay is bought once a year, when it is cut in summer. There is no continuous hay supply as there is in the West. You need storage for a year of hay.
4. Winter is like a different planet. You need special clothes for both you and your horses, you need a frost-free water pump in the barn, heated water buckets or tanks, and you will find that you'll need a lot more feed to keep your horses from getting thin.

I think Wisconsin is one of the more beautiful states. My roots are there -- my mother's family were dairy farmers near Fond du Lac. I wouldn't mind living there myself although I am very happy where I am.

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-23-2020, 09:34 AM
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Avna gives good insight...
So, hopefully I can help with the food issue.
Much of where to buy your feed will be determined by what area you are and what manufacturers are in your area.
Hay, Wisconsin is loaded with hay suppliers of many varieties grown...
Much depends again on proximity to you and more importantly how big and where you intend to store your hay.
Square bales or round many are you wanting to purchase at a time, how are you going to transport it and if you do rounds how are you going to move them.
For rounds, I would strongly suggest a tractor with hay forks to make your life easier and then you can do it without needing to ask/rely on others cause when you need hay you need it now...not later.

If you do large rounds there can be a lot of waste or not much waste depending upon your set-up and how you manage your horses eating habits.
So, here is just one place for a reference of places that sell small squares, round rolls large, how many are available, delivery option or not and if there are minimums to how much you must purchase...biggest though is it is also by geographic location. Wisconsin Hay For Sale
With the use of cell phones, you can't go just by area code. I know friends who have California area codes and live in the Carolina's and a Alaska area code and lives in New Mexico so read those ads carefully.
There are many places that advertise hay and feed on local Facebook groups, specific hay sale sites, feed sites..
If you use or see any local publications there are often ads for local farms...
Craigslist is another in the Farm & Garden section.

You will also meet people who own horses in the area who could probably head you in the right direction with suggestions.
You can find farrier and vet by that means too...
If you have not moved yet, if me my animals would be vaccinated for any issues in that locale prior to the trip and farrier would be doing hooves the week of the move so you have a couple weeks to locate new professionals before it is uh-oh time and you have to take whatever you can get..not always good.

The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
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