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  1. #1
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    Default Going on long trip - use of hay pellets or buy hay once there???

    I am going on a long horseback riding trip and there is no way I can take enough hay along for the whole trip. So, my options are to find hay to buy once I reach my destination, and we will be at our destination for a week, or one person once said that I could take hay pellets along in addition to my normal hay and that would get me through since it takes much less room to carry the hay pellets than all the bales of hay (no hay rack to put hay in).

    I have never used hay pellets and know nothing about them, how much to feed etc... So if I went this option I would need some info on how to do all of that.

    So, what would be best for me to do? Buy additional hay once I get to my destination and feed that or buy hay pellets and feed those instead?

    Thanks in advance!

    Toni



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    I do a combination of your two choices
    -I take as much hay as I can from home
    -I take lots of hay pellets (and when I feed them I soak them to get as much extra water in the horse as possible when traveling)
    -Before my hay runs out, I get some along the way and add to existing hay

    Have fun on your trip!
    “While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.” Mark Twain



  3. #3
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    Thanks! I can take enough hay with me for the entire trip out for the traveling part. But, once we get to our destination, we will be there for a week and that's when I will not have enough hay available and would either need to buy more or use pellets. I might be able to stretch the hay I can take if I were to add pellets to it and feed my mare both while we are camping.

    So, do you only feed the hay pellets when actually traveling and then buy new hay for when you are stopped?

    Can anyone else give me there thoughts on what to do and what would be best for my horse? She lives out on pasture turnout so right now she is used to grazing and getting a little hay here and there when needed to supplement.



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