Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Now I Have To Really Wonder About My Hay Farmer

I got home from the office and went outside at dusk to force the new pecking order and feed the horses. While putting on Lostine's blanket I heard her eating something that didn't sound like hay. I looked up and saw a long string of toilet paper hanging out of her mouth. I pulled it out and began digging through her flake of hay. There was toilet paper wrapped throughout the flake. I had to break the hay into many different pieces to get it all out.

Of course my imagination went wild thinking that someone took a dump in a field and buried it with their T.P., which got packaged up with my hay bale, and now my horse is eating human feces. Yuck! I've found dead rats, birds and mice rolled up in our hay before, but this is a new one. It might be time to start shopping around for a new hay supplier.

22 comments:

Mary Olson said...

Ah, yes, surprises in the hay bales -- candy wrappers, pop cans. What gives with that anyway?

Kristen said...

wow that would definitely be a surprise!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Not a great treasure to find in the hay. Yuck.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Well, it's not really funny but...
your barn got T.P.ed inside out!

Hopefully it wasn't used first. Oh, My!!

I've found snakes, cans, paper, and water bottles baled up. I've even come across cat legs sticking out of hay bales. Luckily, I saw them before I took that bale.

We can only hope there is nothing poisonous in their hay, right? I would expect dead animals to be a little risky though. It's a shame that they don't clean up their field first, isn't it?

Tammy said...

I saw a hawk pull a dead snake out of our windrows before. I am SO grateful the hawk found it before I did when feeding this coming winter.

Katharine Swan said...

Well, someone could have TP'd him, too.

But I hear you about surprises in the hay. I'm not sure I could handle the dead animals. I get annoyed enough when I find cactus in the hay (usually with all their spines intact).

Reddunappy said...

That is a new one! Yikes!

fernvalley01 said...

In defense of your hay guy , we often carry a roll of TP in the truck or tractor for emergencies ,alos to blow your nose or wipe grease of your hands , it could be plain old cleqan TP that rolled out of the tractor when the farmer stepped out to do a repair.
After all he has to handle the bales as well. Just sayin, and maybe putting a Pollyanna spin on it! If it contained feces I suspect Lostine would have turned up her nose

photogchic said...

Bizarre...lets just hope it was a spare roll on the tractor for emergencies and it toppled off. Eeeewww if it was a used handful:-).

Paint Girl said...

I find a lot of plastic garbage bags, I guess whatever litter gets thrown out of a vehicle, ends up in the hay.
I try to carefully inspect the hay, before I throw it out to them, but doesn't always work!

Leah Fry said...

That is too bizarre about the hay. And I do the same thing with the pecking order at my house. Jaz goes first for everything.

Cheryl Ann said...

Oh, yuck! What a way to start the day!

Sydney said...

I can attest to the fact that people throw weird crap out their car windows into hay fields. Our front hay field the first windrow by the road always has something in it. You can't help it unless you want to go out there and scout by hang. When we see stuff we pick it up but it's impossible to get it all.

Breathe said...

Hmm. Thanks for not snapping a picture of that one. Suddenly, I'm not hungry for breakfast.

:)

Katharine Swan said...

Fantastyk Voyager -- cat legs???!!!! That's terrible! :o(

Mikey said...

Oh I hate that. That is SO gross. I'm with you, wondering if it's used :(

I'm always scared I'll find a rattlesnake in our hay, but so far I haven't...

Stephanie said...

Gross, gross, gross

manker said...

ughs... we spoke today to our hay guy since we've had some snow upping their need as well... Yay.. he's Mr. Reliable.

i can definitely see why that'd give u the willies
gp

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Ewwww! Just the thought of that would have grossed me out. I'm surprised that Lostine even had it in her mouth at all. But if she had some on her lips and it got wet and stuck, it was probably difficult for her to remove.

I've not had any weird stuff in our hay for a very long time. We've learned that cheap hay usually means trash in the hay and even mold. One time we were so excited to get a good deal on some hay and bought a whole truck load, and when we got it home, each bale when picked up, dropped dog crap out of it!

I mean...it was infested with dog crap!ewww!

We ended up driving back down there and getting our money back.

So now, we pay more, but our hay is quality and clean. It's worth it to me.

~Lisa

Horseypants said...

Hahaha! But also, ew.

S. Lauren said...

Poor Lostine :(
I'm glad you were able to see it and take it out! I also read some of the comments and glad I haven't experienced any of that!
I remember eatting cake from a store that made a custom one for a special occasion a long time ago and I took a bite and the sticker/wrapper they place over the plastic containers was in it.
:( so speaking for the horses, it isn't an enjoyable experience lol!

AareneX said...

weirdest things I've ever found in haybales:
#1. Penthouse magazines. LOTS of them in a single bale! Somebody was apparently hiding their stash of porn in the hayfield...and the baler came by and scooped 'em up! They made good firestarter.

#2. Bright blue plastic machine gun. Cuz ?huh? you need to make sure that hay behaves itself!

#3. big piece of pipe, the kind you'd use under the sink in the house. No idea why that might be in a hayfield!