I ended up purchasing 50 bales, mostly because I know people are desperate for hay and it was cheap. I'll purchase another 20 bales from a local hay broker that will have been hauled in from elsewhere and will end up paying $7.50 a bale. This got me to thinking. How is it when the hay is the crappiest we end up paying the most for it? You would think the quality nice hay would be the stuff you'd pay for, but when we have quality hay we generally have a lot of hay making it cheaper. Strange isn't it?
My horses will be fine this winter. I've been very frugal with my pasture so unless we get a big dump deep snow they can forage for a good bit of the winter. (There's lots of hard grasses such as Timothy and Fescue in the field.) Obviously, I'll closely monitor their body condition and feed as required. When I feed the grass hay I'll add alfalfa pellets or cubes, adding in flax seed and a complete feed if needed.
The sheep will go back to Ken's to winter and will do just fine there. I'll pick up a fresh batch in the spring.