On June 25, I blogged in response to Nealia McCracken’s wish that everyone involved with Saddlebreds would donate just $10 to Saddlebred Rescue. (Truly a great idea.) My feeling was that most of us won’t miss $10 , but $10 can make a real difference in the life of a horse bound for slaughter. (http://wp.me/s2wdB1-10). One of the things that I mentioned was that $10 would buy 2 bales of hay. Well guess what? The price of hay has doubled since that post just 6 short weeks ago. Nancy Trent just shared with me that she re-read that particular post last night and giggled upon reading that part. She went further to tell me that she is now paying $10 / bale at her farm in Union, KY.
No I don’t think that the hay farmers have colluded to double their profits. What I do think is that this awful drought that is covering most of the country is the cause of the price increase. It has been so dry that the hay farmers are harvesting about half of what they normally harvest. This is bad news for everyone, particularly the rescue horses because they usually come in quite thin and need good hay to put on weight. This is clearly not a luxury item but a critical staple. So as you are determining your giving, please could you just add $5 to it? That would be a huge help, it really would.
Hmmm… is that another blog post? $5, what will it buy?