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Winter Hay Stores

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How much hay do you order and store for the winter months?

Less than 1 ton
11%
81
Between 1-3 tons
20%
151
Between 3-6 tons
24%
183
More than 6 tons
34%
257
I don't order or store hay for my horses
10%
76

Total votes cast: 748

Comments & Write-in Answers

Or i did when i kept my horse at my house. But sense my old horse died, she was alone.

11/17/2013 10:45:48 PM

I buy for the year, while storing enough for the winter months (to avoid winter driveway disasters)

11/17/2013 3:17:08 PM

I have 4 horses and keep about 8 tons for the winter

11/17/2013 2:03:38 PM

We buy 40 tons a year in one purchase in the fall. We have 8 horses.

11/17/2013 11:55:07 AM

4 horses, colorado

11/17/2013 8:55:06 AM

Working on my business. Working on projections right now for nutritional requirements per horse.

11/17/2013 8:12:05 AM

Stable owner refuses to allow us to store large amounts. Only able to get 12 (100#) bales at a time

11/16/2013 11:01:53 PM

We generally feed 1 bale/day in winter

11/16/2013 12:11:44 PM

Combine making hay on-site with purchased hay, total 8T for 5 horses

11/16/2013 11:24:16 AM

9 hungry horses

11/16/2013 10:40:04 AM

I am a boarder and don't order the hay for the horses.

11/16/2013 10:10:59 AM

over 125 ton

11/16/2013 12:46:52 AM

I keep it dry and under cover.

11/15/2013 11:17:49 PM

We grow and bale our own hay so much of the storage is for sale

11/15/2013 8:37:45 PM

My neighbor hays her field, and I just pay for a bail at a time as I use it.

11/15/2013 8:27:19 PM

I only have two to feed, but I like to be safe with bags of cubes as reserve.

11/15/2013 3:43:35 PM

For two horses. More towards the 5-6 tons

11/15/2013 3:41:55 PM

just go get big rounds as needed

11/15/2013 10:17:20 AM

2000 bails @ 30 # each

11/15/2013 9:13:45 AM

I'm guessing the square bales are 40-50 lbs each.

11/15/2013 9:13:42 AM

we fill the hay loft as full as we can fet it, I would rather have some left over for the next year,

11/15/2013 6:10:57 AM

I have 20 tons of hay all barn stored for my 7 horses. More if a bad winter happens.

11/15/2013 12:44:48 AM

It is a lot of work! Tougher if the weather is not cooperative!

11/14/2013 10:21:26 PM

use about 100 big (1000 lb) round bales feed free choice

11/14/2013 9:36:57 PM

Always buy a tractor-trailer load. But I care for about 20 horses.

11/14/2013 9:01:21 PM

only have 2 horses. they get lots of pasture. but they come in at night & get alfalfa/grass

11/14/2013 8:29:49 PM

i don't have any horses

11/14/2013 8:04:03 PM

I have 2 horses on small acreage and feed grass/alfalfa mix hay.

11/14/2013 6:48:55 PM

I'm at a boarding facility that orders the hay

11/14/2013 6:38:06 PM

I buy 4 tons per horse each July which gets me through until the next haying season.

11/14/2013 5:36:47 PM

We have limited access to quality grass pasture. S we put

11/14/2013 5:09:01 PM

i try to store enough for a year.

11/14/2013 4:41:21 PM

Live in FL. We buy by the week or two.

11/14/2013 4:28:45 PM

I buy by the bale. I got 50 bales of grass mixed hay and 75 bales of alfalfa this year for 2 horses

11/14/2013 2:51:17 PM

Always store enough that you can feed for 2-3 months after the fresh hay arrives next year, giving i

11/14/2013 1:20:43 PM

I don't have the means to do so.

11/14/2013 1:18:33 PM

I buy and store enough for four horses for one year.

11/14/2013 11:51:57 AM

I buy a years supply

11/14/2013 11:47:29 AM

I get 3 tons per horse.

11/14/2013 11:25:27 AM

We have our back 2 1/2 acres to hay by ourselves. This year we got about 400 square bales.

11/14/2013 11:21:56 AM

I always buy and store more than I need. I ran out one winter and learned that lesson the hard way!

11/14/2013 11:06:07 AM

I go through about 40 round bales a winter..not sure how many tons that equals.

11/14/2013 10:58:49 AM

55 ton.

11/14/2013 10:58:33 AM

I buy as much as I can afford. prices are high and times are tough.

11/14/2013 10:54:24 AM

50 ton

11/14/2013 10:52:19 AM

over 300 bales for my 2 horses. That lasts until June when we get fresh hay cut again.

11/14/2013 10:15:05 AM

90 tons feeds 50 horses here for the year

11/14/2013 10:03:36 AM

Make sure it's kept dry.

11/14/2013 9:36:55 AM

We feed 14 horses hay year around

11/14/2013 9:17:45 AM

about 600 small bales for 3 horses & 1Llama

11/14/2013 8:02:21 AM

regular delivery from good hay grower is a big help evenif it costs a bit more.

11/14/2013 7:53:32 AM

I don't measure hay by the ton but by the amount of round or square (large or small) bales.

11/13/2013 10:23:18 PM

I am in Fl winter is mild and No storage for Hay!

11/13/2013 7:33:00 PM

12.5 T for all of 4 horses

11/13/2013 6:56:50 PM

I need local which is hard to get late and have no barn of my own to store in.

11/13/2013 6:35:59 PM

A years worth.

11/13/2013 5:48:27 PM

I'm only feeding two donkeys. My senior horse eats a bagged chopped hay forage.

11/13/2013 3:56:57 PM

Always get plenty in case there is a drought the following year.

11/13/2013 3:45:31 PM

35 tons

11/13/2013 3:18:46 PM

Depends on how many we are feeding but we get more than enough in case of poor weather.

11/13/2013 2:06:15 PM

35 horse boarding farm. We order and store over 100 tons of hay. About 3 tons per horse.

11/13/2013 1:52:25 PM

I WISH I could "order" hay. It's first come, first served around here. I get what I can.

11/13/2013 1:38:04 PM

I have no room to store large quantities of hay. We get our hay locally from a farmer who stores it

11/13/2013 12:43:47 PM

We buy our hay in small square bales so the tonage is just a rough estimate.

11/13/2013 12:43:46 PM

takes about 10 large square bales per horse in Ohio

11/13/2013 12:22:44 PM

Not sure about tons, fill loft with as many bales as will fit & then order 100 extra for late winter

11/13/2013 11:59:49 AM

My pastures are cut for hay during low-NSC hours and hay fed year round.

11/13/2013 11:31:25 AM

Since my easy keepers are in pasture all day I only use about 1 ton each/year.

11/13/2013 10:35:22 AM

I use it up in 4 months...and it beats picking it up in bad weather.I get it from a reliable source!

11/13/2013 10:33:53 AM

I keep it for winter

11/13/2013 10:30:15 AM

We dont order becuase we bale our own hay in the summer. We get about 1500 bales for the year.

11/13/2013 9:58:08 AM

I have no storage so I buy 24 bales at a time

11/13/2013 9:40:56 AM

I board my horse so am at the mercy of where i board. Hay quality that is fed to my horse is poor.

11/13/2013 9:15:22 AM

I buy my hay as needed about every 2 weeks as I have little space for storage. Also I can keep this

11/13/2013 9:06:32 AM

Very little storage space, can only fit 2 large round bales and approx. 25 square bales at a time.

11/13/2013 8:52:31 AM

We have our own hay.

11/13/2013 8:36:56 AM

1/2 bale/day per horse, 2small flakes/day per pony/mini

11/13/2013 8:24:12 AM

Round bales for the pastured horses, squares for the stabled ones. Miniatures...

11/13/2013 8:07:21 AM

I order a year's worth at one time for my only horse

11/13/2013 7:45:38 AM

500 bales delivered and stacked to last at least until next summer.

11/13/2013 7:18:30 AM

Use 150 square bales in winter & pick it up myself-don't know the weight. No hay needed in summer.

11/13/2013 7:13:02 AM

2 horses, 10 months coverage

11/13/2013 3:21:37 AM

Have 1 horse, and he has access to decent pasture.

11/13/2013 1:31:14 AM

This is my last winter though. I am in the process of setting up a Hydro Hay system.

11/12/2013 11:11:26 PM

I feed coastal to four horses @ 15 - 20 lbs per day per horse and buy to last until May/June.

11/12/2013 10:58:20 PM

No storage space for more.

11/12/2013 10:55:44 PM

I board my horses but I do buy hay to supplement during harshest weeks of winter.

11/12/2013 9:50:20 PM

Grow our own - 12 Tons a year

11/12/2013 9:43:18 PM

My boading barn does and they fill a good size two story hay barn.

11/12/2013 8:53:07 PM

I only have 2 minis

11/12/2013 8:52:17 PM

Most people order per bale now vs. per ton in my experience selling hay

11/12/2013 8:32:15 PM

Always 15% more than I need - drought as bad as snow

11/12/2013 8:17:23 PM

I have to restock the barn two to three times each year.

11/12/2013 8:10:33 PM

It's always quite a scramble to find good second cut hay for my older horses. Craigs list has helped

11/12/2013 8:04:27 PM

my barn manager takes care of this

11/12/2013 7:55:22 PM

I board my horse at a small private stable who makes their own hay.

11/12/2013 7:54:23 PM

Two throughbreds that like their hay

11/12/2013 7:21:05 PM

5 Miniatures

11/12/2013 7:04:47 PM

buy 2.5 ton at a time twice a year

11/12/2013 6:57:45 PM

hay is purchased by bale so this is approx. weight

11/12/2013 6:34:53 PM

I usually get 3 tons per horse

11/12/2013 6:26:45 PM

In FL we get hay delivered weekly or every other week

11/12/2013 6:26:09 PM

We don't order hay as we bale our own.

11/12/2013 6:18:51 PM

110 lb bales, 4 horses, 1 bale per day

11/12/2013 6:09:00 PM

I don't have a lot of room, so I can only pick up a half ton at a time.

11/12/2013 5:52:19 PM

We feed 14 horses year round as we don't have much pasture so buy a year's supply 3-6 ton

11/12/2013 5:21:46 PM

10 tons, which will carry me for a year. This year only 8 1/2 tons so far due to flooding in CO

11/12/2013 5:13:30 PM

15 tons; hay analysis actually works when I'm not buying it every 2 months

11/12/2013 3:58:22 PM

I grow hay and store 80 for 15 horses

11/12/2013 3:25:41 PM

I save all year long to buy hay only once a year. Hopefully by doing that I can get a better price.

11/12/2013 3:10:15 PM

My Shetland doesn't eat that much, so we kind of buy on a bale by bale basis.

11/12/2013 2:51:30 PM

Hay supplier stores hay but delivers a month's supply monthly.

11/12/2013 2:19:18 PM

4 tons Timothy purchased +2-3 tons of my home grown grass hay

11/12/2013 2:12:24 PM

We contract hay for the whole year, but can only store 3-6 tons at home. Our grower stores the rest

11/12/2013 1:31:06 PM

Store more than a year's supply, because, once in a while, it has been hard to get all the hay I nee

11/12/2013 1:17:39 PM

I live in Hawaii, graze year around and supplement with alfalfa cubes

11/12/2013 1:05:06 PM

We feed 18-20 head a winter.

11/12/2013 11:37:25 AM

I do not order hay,bale it myself and put it up,usually around 12-15 tons.

11/12/2013 10:04:06 AM

Buy now or pay above premium prices this winter

11/12/2013 9:46:37 AM

I figure a bale per day thru the winter months

11/12/2013 9:40:51 AM

Hay supplies in AZ are pretty consistant, buy two weeks worth at a time (8 bales)

11/12/2013 9:23:31 AM

Approx 1.5 tons per horse plus pasture (standing hay) all winter. Ration balancer supplements diet.

11/12/2013 8:53:29 AM

My boarding barn houses about 30 horses, so we need lots of hay for the winter.

11/12/2013 8:00:42 AM

I buy small quantities as needed.

11/12/2013 6:18:35 AM

I buy hay from farm only 1 mile from home so don't

11/12/2013 5:23:48 AM

I order a years supply and get a huge discount

11/12/2013 5:01:51 AM