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    Default Storing Hay in the Tropics

    As some of you may know my niece has moved to the USVI and taken her horse with her. Right now she is at a little "farm" but my niece is building a concrete barn on about 5 acres. They don't feed hay where she is but my niece would like to have some on hand but she is worried about the hot humid weather. Coming from the Mid-Atlantic I'm not sure what to tell her. So anyone have experience storing hay in tropical weather? This whole move has been quite the education for both of us!
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    she might want to contact some one at Clinton E. Phipps racetrack in St Thomas, they would be feeding hay



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    Or ask Horses in Haiti what she used for the pony.
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    I live in South Fla and hay storage is trickest in the hot summer months due to the humidity and heavy rainfall. The room needs to be dry (no leaking roof), store the hay off the ground on pallets, install a ceiling fan if possible.

    I also don't buy more than 10 bales at a time.


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    Her tack room is going to be 12x12 with an 8 ft ceiling. The ceiling on the rest of the barn is 12 foot (I think), do you think if she put pallets up on top of the tack room ceiling she could store a small # of bales up there or would it be too small of a space?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfox View Post
    Her tack room is going to be 12x12 with an 8 ft ceiling. The ceiling on the rest of the barn is 12 foot (I think), do you think if she put pallets up on top of the tack room ceiling she could store a small # of bales up there or would it be too small of a space?
    She has to change the design to make the tack room ceiling the bottom of a second floor, or the hay might just come down and join her tack. We have a 12 x 24 run in with a 3/4 loft, not seven foot to the roof peak, and store about 75 bales in it which would give her space for as many as 50 bales, humidity and temps permitting.
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    Well, I don't know about heat, but in the very high humidity of the coastal PNW, we put pallets under the hay and put a few handfulls of rocksalt between each layer of the hay- It has worked fairly well for us, only had one moldyish bale so far this year



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