But, what if we can't find more hay? What if they find a way to convert hay to fuel and it becomes very scarce and expensive? What if all of the hay in the US is shipped overseas to feed starving horses in China? What if we don't get another flake of snow or a drop of rain and our pasture doesn't grow? Although I'm not serious about these scenarios, both my husband and I begin looking for hay deals each year as our pile grows smaller. We also have to consider that with Pippin's problems with laminitis, he doesn't get much pasture time in the spring and early summer. I did buy a grazing muzzle, but he can get a halter or bridle off in a skinny minute!
So, the hay hunt began near the end of January. We would occasionally check Craig's List. We would notice loads of hay going past us on the road, and take note of a phone number if listed. Or, we'd jot down numbers from crude 'Hay 4 Sale' signs along the road. There is a nursery between our current home and our project home. We drive by the nursery twice a day. Since there isn't a lot of nursery business in the winter, they have been selling hay. After seeing the nice looking hay for several days, we finally stopped in to ask about the price. $8 a bale, we were told. $7.50 if you take more than 50 bales. $7 if you take what's left on the flat bed. Incredible prices for prairie grass hay that looks and smells great! The going price is usually much more than that if you pick it up.
So, how many bales are on the flat bed, I ask?
shrug a bit, and tell us they think
there are about 200 bales.
shrug, and say, "Sure, why not."