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Old 10-02-2010, 07:08 AM   #1
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How do you dispose of your old mouldy bales, leftovers in the stables, basically the hay you can't use?
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:16 AM   #2
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I use mine on my garden. It goes in the compost and when its ready it goes straight on the beds.

In saying that though, you HAVE to be really careful, try not to put straight hay on the beds or your horses will try to eat it. Which as most of you know can make them really sick.
So COMPOST first.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:22 AM   #3
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Put them out for the cattle or goats!
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We put ours in with the Cows
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We have burnt it in the cooler months. Composting is another great idea. Donate it to keen gardeners.
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I rotate my paddocks so before I got the pony I could throw the hay out onto bare patches in the paddock. I made sure the horses had access to an oversupply of hay so they weren't interested in the old stuff.

However with the pony I am not going to be able to do that as he is a mini hoover. So I will have to pick which paddocks I put the old hay into.
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its great for mulching in the garden!
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I too use it to mulch the garden,and my neighbours always have an eye on it and take it for their veggie patch,in return,they give us fresh veggies!
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I have enough paddocks that I can rotate the horses around. I will put the hay in a paddock that is not in use and usually run the lawnmower over it to mulch it and spread it around. My horses are very food orientated and have never seemed to try to hover the scraps.
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Pop it on sandy patches in paddocks or just throw it out over a paddock.
I find the ponies don't touch the old mouldy hay when they have rolls of good quality hay available to them.
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