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Old 01-15-2013, 10:42 AM   #46
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No hay contacts here. Does this mean that it would be better to donate cash rather than supplies?
I can't really make that call just yet, but your sentiment is fine.

I'd suggest going to your local Southern Ag, Atwoods, or feed store and see if they are willing to donate any supplements or med supplies. If not, then suggest a discount so you can purchase supplies. If they donate some goods, then you can always contribute your own cash to the hay project.



That's the scheme I'm working with right now.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:44 AM   #47
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Not sure what I just did...Tried to edit the message!!?? ...I may have a contact for some square bales....
Based on my limited knowledge and internet research...

Make sure these bales are suitable for horse feed. AFAIK, prairie hay is a good maintenance feed. Alfalfa hay is a more expensive, better option.

Not sure about soybean hay or bermuda hay. Stumbled on these when searching.

Straw hay isn't good, I think, neither is hay that was left out in the weather for a long time (could be dirty, moldy, or loaded with bugs).

Fotobo, can you confirm/deny?
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #48
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Other than some expendables that the grandkids want to donate...I think I'm just gonna say it with cash.
I have done a bit of leg work ...talked to 3 horse owners and got 3 different stories! I'm more confused than ever...!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:10 AM   #49
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Based on my limited knowledge and internet research...

Make sure these bales are suitable for horse feed. AFAIK, prairie hay is a good maintenance feed. Alfalfa hay is a more expensive, better option.

Not sure about soybean hay or bermuda hay. Stumbled on these when searching.

Straw hay isn't good, I think, neither is hay that was left out in the weather for a long time (could be dirty, moldy, or loaded with bugs).

If these are starving horses then I think they will damn near eat anything within reason, not a bunch of baled up Johnsen grass and weeds but I would think nearly anything else. Bean hay is kinda rare to have around here and it along with baled corn stalks is usually feed for cattle. Really old round bales that are falling apart while sitting are not going to do much for a horse and is a real PITA to move anyway.

Bermuda hay should work just fine, I know my cows love it and I've feed it to horses before with no ill results.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:18 PM   #50
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I'd suggest going to your local Southern Ag, Atwoods, or feed store and see if they are willing to donate any supplements or med supplies. If not, then suggest a discount so you can purchase supplies.
The g/f's co-worker's husband is an Atwoods manager. Going to see if we can get him to do something.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:31 PM   #51
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If these are starving horses then I think they will damn near eat anything within reason, not a bunch of baled up Johnsen grass and weeds but I would think nearly anything else. Bean hay is kinda rare to have around here and it along with baled corn stalks is usually feed for cattle. Really old round bales that are falling apart while sitting are not going to do much for a horse and is a real PITA to move anyway.

Bermuda hay should work just fine, I know my cows love it and I've feed it to horses before with no ill results.
True, but the ones in bad shape are on more specialized and expensive diets trying to nurse them back to nominal weight. Yesterday, I watched Tamie feed one that has bad/no teeth. She had some cubed hay pellets that had to be soaked in water before feeding.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:34 PM   #52
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Based on my limited knowledge and internet research...

Make sure these bales are suitable for horse feed. AFAIK, prairie hay is a good maintenance feed. Alfalfa hay is a more expensive, better option.

Not sure about soybean hay or bermuda hay. Stumbled on these when searching.

Straw hay isn't good, I think, neither is hay that was left out in the weather for a long time (could be dirty, moldy, or loaded with bugs).

Fotobo, can you confirm/deny?

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If these are starving horses then I think they will damn near eat anything within reason, not a bunch of baled up Johnsen grass and weeds but I would think nearly anything else. Bean hay is kinda rare to have around here and it along with baled corn stalks is usually feed for cattle. Really old round bales that are falling apart while sitting are not going to do much for a horse and is a real PITA to move anyway.

Bermuda hay should work just fine, I know my cows love it and I've feed it to horses before with no ill results.
Bermuda is probably the best hay, available in our region, for horses .

Alfalfa is good high-energy hay. Not as widely available here.

Fescue is good for cows, not as good for horses, and can be bad for mares.
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True, but the ones in bad shape are on more specialized and expensive diets trying to nurse them back to nominal weight. Yesterday, I watched Tamie feed one that has bad/no teeth. She had some cubed hay pellets that had to be soaked in water before feeding.
That's cubed alfalfa.

We supplement the diet of our mid-20s Quarter Horse mare with alfalfa cubes soaked in water.

For those who are interested, alfalfa cubes are available in 50-lb bags at Atwoods or TSC. Less than $20/bag. And, it goes a long way.

Same for Beet Pulp, which is a good source of fiber for older horses.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:41 PM   #54
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Just saw a spot about the snotcicle ride on the TV show the list. Cool.
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Thanks Rocker....I think those alfalfa cubes might be the hot ticket!
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:51 PM   #56
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Thanks Rocker....I think those alfalfa cubes might be the hot ticket!
$14 will buy a bag of cubes or a bale of alfalfa at TSC.

http://tsc.tractorsupply.com/search#...&sliredirect=1

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Old 01-16-2013, 12:59 PM   #57
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Based on my limited knowledge and internet research...

Make sure these bales are suitable for horse feed. AFAIK, prairie hay is a good maintenance feed. Alfalfa hay is a more expensive, better option.

Not sure about soybean hay or bermuda hay. Stumbled on these when searching.

Straw hay isn't good, I think, neither is hay that was left out in the weather for a long time (could be dirty, moldy, or loaded with bugs).

Fotobo, can you confirm/deny?
Rocker59 is correct. Good bermuda hay is the best and most popular hay in our area for feeding horses. Alfalfa is a good high energy hay but is more expensive and therefore not very practical if you are feeding a lot of horses. You have to be a little more careful about what you feed a horse as compared to cows. Cows seem to be able to eat just about anything with no side effects. Horses are more susceptible to things such as mold and poisonous beetles.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:39 PM   #58
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Some news from my efforts:
Tried to get my extended family in Drumright to donate hay. No go. They are out and buying hay like everyone else.

Still have some irons in the fire...

Locals, don't forget to check out The List on Ch2 at 630pm. (Either tonight or tomorrow... I don't know)
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Just saw a spot about the snotcicle ride on the TV show the list. Cool.
Crap. Guess I did miss it then. I've looked online and it wasn't posted.
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Hay

Followed some leads on hay. Good grief....I never realized!
One guy is firm on a hundred dollar bill per bale. His neighbor...a former co-worker of mine called him an idiot under his breath...."pricing hisself right out of business!" Said, "sumbitch will let his hay rot in the field before he drops his price...! Old bastard" The old guy heard that part ... I thought they were gonna hook up!!
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