Before our guys can be munching away there is much to "fret" over. How much do I need? What kind do I need? Where can I get it? How do I get it to my barn? What are my storage capabilities? And the all important one- What can I afford? That list is enough to strike fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned of horsemen. Unless, you have a tried and true supplier you've been using for years and your "herd" is fairly consistent in terms of numbers and nutritional needs; it is a good idea to sit down and do an assessment of all factors involved. Now is a good time to do this, before the season gets rolling. For those "suppliers" having customers with solid numbers lined up ahead of schedule can be one of the only certainties in a very unpredictable business. They appreciate this and you will be happy when your name is at the top of the list in the event of a "short season". For help with your "audit" of requirements check out these articles: http://www.proequinegrooms.com/index.php/tips/barn-management/best-feeding-practices-for-hay/, http://horsetalk.co.nz/2012/11/04/horse-hay-how-to-identify-the-good-stuff/, and https://ecoequine.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/top-five-mistakes-made-when-feeding-a-horse/. There are also some good examples of slow feeder options on our Facebook page this week https://www.facebook.com/smartbarnsolutions
Here's to a successful season (hay season, that is)!