Impact of High Hay Prices

• Arizona Horse Rescues listed below.

Maybe a rumor, maybe not, but I hear the price of alfalfa could reach $20 a bale next year in Arizona. I paid $14.99 last week and had to dig pretty darn deep to scrounge up the $300 bucks to pay my monthly feed bill. I’m concerned about the long term impact of these sky rocketing hay prices. On top of all the other expenses of owning a horse, the recreational horseman is going to be the first to call it quits. Even if just us little guys had to give up our horses it would make a huge impact on the horse economy. There are indeed still folks that make a living with horses, and those little guys like me keep their bills paid. Arizona pleasure horse owners spend an estimated $500 to $600 million on the care and maintenance of pleasure horses and related infrastructure (including the annualized cost of horse, tack, equipment, land and facilities ownership). There isn’t a mandatory horse registry here, but Arizona likely exceeds 170,000 head.  This is concerning considering our unemployment rate is up around 9%, and home foreclosures are at a record high.

More and more horses are being abandoned here because folks can’t afford to feed them. Horses are being found out in the desert… with shoes on. Broke, nice horses just set free by the hand of desperate people.  The horse rescues are often at capacity, and it’s near impossible to sell an unmarketable horse. What a tragedy.

All this reminds me of one thing I think we all should think about.  A long time ago, a man without a horse was considered a man without legs.  Horses were not a luxury, they were a necessity. Their contribution to man’s historic achievements are countless. But what’s even more amazing to me is how horses have managed to maintain their usefulness today.  Think about it, their great strength and stamina is hardly comparable to mechanical horse power. Yet these gentle giants of superior credibility haven’t lost their significance, only their job title.

Horses have the gift of adaptability and are quite willing to accommodate the needs of man. Therefore, have been bred for specific uses making  them more and more dependent on man.  In turn, many horses in the low desert of Arizona have never even stepped on grass, or drank from a natural water source. I haven’t the answer on how to do right by these magnificent animals, all I know is they’ve earned the right to be  respected for their contribution to mankind. 

Here are a few resources to help you,  help them.

Arizona Horse Rescues, non-profit, registered 501(c)(3) charities.

www.AllGodsCreatures.org  
info@AllGodsCreatures.org
P.O. Box 54824
Phoenix, AZ  85078-4824
602-404-1227

Apache Junction Horse Rescue
www.AJHorseRescue.org
Jim@AJHorseRescue.org
P.O. Box 7797 · Apache Junction, AZ  85278
480-612-4068

Arizona Equine Rescue Organization
www.AZEquineRescue.org
info@AZEquineRescue.org
34522 N. Scottsdale Road Suite D-7, #168
Scottsdale, AZ  85266
623-465-1519

Care for the Horses
www.CareForTheHorses.com
CareForTheHorses@msn.com
P.O. Box 884 · Sierra Vista, AZ  85636
520-559-2224

Chevy Ranch Rescue
www.ChevyRanchRescue.com
Pete@ChevyRanchRescue.com
41819 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ  85086
480-327-7110

Circle L (Circle of Life) Ranch
www.CircleL.org
CircleLRanchHorses@gmail.com
Ranch Location:  Prescott Valley, AZ
7527 E. 1st Street, #8 · Scottsdale, AZ  85251
928-925-1926

Conquistador Equine Rescue & Advocacy
www.ConquistadorProgram.org
Contact@ConquistadorProgram.org
2121 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 103
Tempe, AZ  85282
480-232-8068

Dreamchaser PMU Rescue & Rehabilitation
www.DreamchaserHorseRescue.org
Susan@DreamchaserHorseRescue.org
48019 N. 7th Avenue · New River, AZ  85087
623-910-6530

Equine Eden Rescue Center
www.EquineEden.org
info@EquineEden.org
13765 N. Santa Rosa Avenue
Maricopa, AZ  85238
520-568-9315

Equine Recline Rescue, Rehabilitation & Retirement
www.EquineRecline.org
info@EquineRecline.org
P.O. Box 926 · Sahuarita, AZ  85629-0926
520-762-3296

Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary
www.EquineVoices.org
Karen@EquineVoices.org
P.O. Box 1685 · Green Valley, AZ  85622
520-398-2814

Hacienda de los Milagros (Sanctuary)
www.HaciendaDeLosMilagros.org
Milagro@commspeed.net
3731 N. Road One West
Chino Valley, AZ  86323
928-636-5348

Healing Hearts Animal Sanctuary
www.HealingHeartsAZ.org
BWelton@HealingHeartsAZ.org
Administrative Offices:
3317 S. Higley Road, Suite 114-481
Gilbert, AZ  85297
Sanctuary:  Wilcox, AZ
480-279-5135

LUV Shack Ranch Rescue
www.LUVShackRanchRescue.com
Joey@LUVShackRanchRescue.com
P.O. Box 74254 · Phoenix, AZ  85087
602-400-0826

New Beginnings Paso Fino Horse Rescue
www.NewBeginningsPasoFinoHorseRescue.com
29009 N. 152nd Drive · Surprise, AZ  85387
623-915-9447

New Dawn Livestock Rescue & Sanctuary
www.NewDawnSanctuary.com
NewDawnSanctuary@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 794 · 8909 N. 387th Avenue
Tonopay, AZ  85354
602-550-3183

New Hope Equine Rescue
www.NewHopePMUEquineRescue.org
Contact@NewHopePMUEquineRescue.org
975 S. Moonlight Drive
Star Valley, AZ  85541
928-978-5155 or 928-468-1514

Sacred Grounds Rescue Ranch
www.SacredGroundsRescueRanch.org
SacredGroundsRescueRanch@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 967 · Wikieup, AZ  85360
928-897-6555

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary
www.TierraMadreHorseSanctuary.org
Jim@TierraMadreHorseSanctuary.org
27115 N. 45th Street · Cave Creek, AZ  85331
480-747-1070

Whisper’s Sanctuary – Toni Leo
www.RRHeartRanch.com
Toni@RRHeartRanch.com
2160 E. Fry Blvd., #342
Sierra Vista, AZ  85635
520-455-5424

WildHorse Ranch Rescue
www.WildHorseRanchRescue.com  or www.MudPony.com
P.O. Box 415 · Gilbert, AZ  85299-0415
866-926-8007

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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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6 Responses to Impact of High Hay Prices

  1. tbnranch says:

    Nope, no better sorry to say. Bermuda is 15.75 to 17.00 a bale right now. OMG

  2. Annette Carter says:

    Moving to the Sierra Vista, AZ area from the So Cal Desert in March 2012. Bermuda Hay is just about $16.00/bale today. I’m don’t want to assume that the situation is any better in AZ but am hoping- Is it? We are seeing horses turned loose in the desert here too. Very sad. I cannot imagine how people feel they have no other alternative.

  3. tbnranch says:

    Indeed. They have little chance for survival.

  4. Sure glad there are so many horse rescue organizations in AZ. That’s so sad that people would just let their horses go and leave them on their own.

  5. Rita A. says:

    I can’t even imagine there not being horses and the horrors horses will face when owners can’t care for them. Would this be a way to get a horse for someone like me? Do you come across them? Thank you for making this known.

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