Drought Dollars
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Several of our horses are located in OK, where the drought has been severe this year. Winter rations have been fed to all of the horses throughout the season as a result, meaning no summer savings on feed. To make matters worse, local hay supplies are non-existent. Our horses easily consume one semi-load of hay per month and with it coming from over 500 miles away, it is quite costly. A semi of alfalfa that cost $4,000 last year is now $6,500.

There are also other dilemmas that come with the heat. Horses are brought in under fans, hoses with misters are mounted on fences, water tanks are continually filled so the water is fresh, gallons of fly spray is being used and fly masks are a must. Stalls also must be cleaned when horses go out for the evening, despite the 100+ temperatures in the barns to avoid more flies. Maintaining optimum weight on the “hard keepers” becomes even more of a challenge as appetites in the heat diminish. The ground is cracked and dry and hooves are the same. Sore feet are common which means continually treating several horses instead of an occasional one.

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