Saturday, September 6, 2008

Weed Whackers

Shelagh from Unifeed has ~30 bales of low-sugar hay to sell me. The horse for whom she bought it has Cushing's Disease, but he doesn't like weeds and seems to waste any of the hay that has come in contact with the weeds. Two days of taste testing prove that Tonka and Raven don't like the weeds either, but they pick them out of the good hay and leave them for the ever-greedy goats. Everybody wins! The horses get to eat for the upcoming month, I get to relax a little about finding more hay, and the goats get to appear useful.



3 comments:

Funder said...

Ooh, yay for hay! You still need your winter's hay, though, right? That's maybe a month's worth?

Those goats are getting really really cute. Need more pictures.

The other day I was wondering, could you mix the 8% hay with the 15% for low enough sugar content? But then I realized what a pain in the ass it'd be to dole out hay from two bales at a time, and hope they don't eat the sugary good stuff first and turn up their noses at the low NSC stuff. Not the most brilliant idea, but it was something.

dp said...

Yes, this will last about a month and maybe less as the cold weather comes on, but it buys me some time.

Your idea would probably work if I truly mixed the hays -- broke up the flakes and mingled the strands. Otherwise they would most certainly eat the sweet stuff first, in which case there could be problems. It does not take much to bring on a laminitic episode, sadly. That may be what I have to do if I can't secure something more appropriate in the next couple of weeks...

Latigo Liz said...

Oooh! CUTE goat! We almost got a few of those at the local auction today. A bit more likely to happen next weekend...