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I am putting out some "feelers" to see what kind of response I might get if I wanted to open a horse food bank for horse owners. I was disturbed by a post on my local craigslist that was asking if anyone knew of any of these. Of course, there are just people out there who cannot afford, nor should they have horses. However, there are people who have had their horses for many years, and now due to loss of jobs or income, they find themselves unable to feed them. I'm not talking about lazy people either. These are good, caring horse owners who have no reserve and are struggling. So I was thinking about the hay farmer down the road from me who took about 1000 bales of last years hay from his barn and lined it up in large stacks outside to make room for new hay in the barn. So why couldn't we petition these people to start a hay bank and only qualified applicants would be able to come and pick up hay? This would be a large undertaking for volunteers to help out other horse owners until the economy picks up. Thoughts? I joined this forum to see what input I would get. Let me know.
 

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I think it is a good idea. I had some extra hay I would have donated but I don't want people that I do not knwo coming to my property to get it so it would have needed to be taken somewhere.
 

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I don't have extra hay (I barely have a space for hay for several month, I have to buy it like 3 times during a year), but I wouldn't mind to donate some money if someone in my area would do something like that. While I don't want to support Joe down the road who got 20 horses and no money to feed in 1st place I do feel for people who fall under bad circumstances in life (it can happen to any of us).
 

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Logistics and labor are everything in the hay buisness! Everytime you touch a bale of hay it costs money and every mile you move a bale of hay costs money. Be very careful that in collecting cheap or free hay you don't wind up with $10/bale in associated costs on hay that is not worth a whole lot to begin with. And then if you limit a "client" to only picking up enough hay for 7 days, they will spend a small fortune in fuel coming back every week to get thier hay. This project may work well in a highly populated city with a dense horse population. It will not work well in a sparsely populated area!
 

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If I have hay left at the end of the year I use it either over the summer or buy less next year and use the left over hay in the beginning of the winter. So I never have any left over. It all gets used at some point.
 

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I was thinking the same idea about the Horse food bank. I am trying to raise hay donation for ISPMB, Karen Sussman ,in Lanty , SD. We called all the hay banks but they only furnish hay in the states they are located. Does anyone know anyone in Central SD who wants to donation horse hay to a famous wild horse organization. Karen has some of the rarest four wild horse herds in the world. E-mail if you can help [email protected]. Sept 2010
 

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How would you decide who to give the hay to and who shouldnt get it? While I like the idea of it....look at how many people are lazy and get welfare....so why wouldnt it be the same for people trying to get hay for their horses that they shouldnt have and cant feed? Honestly, if I was to donate hay to this(if I had hay to donate), it wouldnt be the best hay I had in my barn, but most likely a lower quality so that I can make room for the new years good hay.

This isnt because I dont believe in giving because I do....but its more of a mindset where crack addicts can still get welfare while someone who actually needs it cant because of all the crack addicts taking it....
 

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I know that most hay banks only give hay within their state, one big reason is that the qualifications require the org. to verify all information, Hoof-N-Hearts of IL, NFP requires an application to be filled out and verified. I would like to see it grow nationwide. Maybe networking would be good.
 

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There IS a hay bank in Colorado!!!

I actually was going to get some from them; when we first moved to CO, I wasn't sure whether I would have enough hay to last til my first check, and we had NO money left...But, it turned out that I was able to stretch my girl's hay just enough to get us to that first payday, and didn't need to utilize that source. They were really nice, too...I was just realy grateful that I didn't, though, but I do know it's there if I ever DO need it.

The Hay Bank : Parker, CO
 

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Okay this is totally random, but you don't by chance have an appy mare, and a friesan cross gelding, do you?
 
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