It's that time of year that I love.....driving around seeing fields swathed and baled with hay! There is nothing like the smell of a hay field and knowing there is hay out there to stock up on and feed our horses through the winter!
I have some questions for you. Do you feed hay? If so, what kind of hay do you feed your horse/s- and why? I often wonder this as I have come across so many different opinions on what kind of hay to feed horses. Do you feed what is local, what is affordable, what your vet recommends? Do you feed what your horse's performance or health needs might dictate? Do different horses on your property get different kinds of hay?
I'll start- My Boy has been on a mixed grass hay for around 3 years. This has varied from a more "local" grass hay (which really varies from grower to grower and can often be weedy) to a higher protein grass hay from another part of the state that specializes in hay farms. When I first leased My Boy, he was on alfalfa but was very gasey. He can still be gasey but taking him off the richer hay has helped. A vet told me that he also needed to be on a grass hay as his level of work wasn't high enough for alfalfa. Interestingly, I noticed my horse has fewer "hyper" moments on grass hay than when he was on alfalfa.
I have paid anywhere from $4-10 a bale for the local grass hay. Hard to believe now, but a few years ago I paid up to $23 a bale for Eastern grass hay! This was in the winter months when local suppliers were out of the local grass.
Here's to a season of good hay!
p.s. Just a reminder about my Mystery Foal Contest! Go HERE to enter if you haven't already. The contest will be running until Ruby foals, which is unknown but will be in the next month.