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The majority of a horse’s diet is forage- hay and grass. Each year horse barns stock on hundreds of square bales or dozens of round bales, depending on how many horses they’re feeding. It can get expensive! Some areas are very pricy, while others are more manageable. Find out where your state falls…

Cost of Hay in Each State

Disclaimer: This is for a high quality square bale of hay. There is a huge variance even within each state, based on type of hay and weight of the square bale. Only use this chart as a rough guide!

  • Alabama- $6-14
  • Alaska- $10-16
  • Arizona- $10-15
  • Arkansas- $11-15
  • California- $9-12
  • Colorado- $9-12
  • Connecticut- $7-9
  • Delaware- $8-10
  • Florida- $10-13
  • Georgia- $7-14
  • Hawaii- $12-19
  • Idaho- $7-12
  • Illinois- $6-8
  • Indiana- $6-8
  • Iowa- $8-12
  • Kansas- $8-12
  • Kentucky- $5-8
  • Louisana- $7-10
  • Maine- $5-10
  • Maryland- $5-8
  • Massachusetts- $5-9
  • Michigan- $5-8
  • Minnesota- $5-7
  • Mississippi- $7-9
  • Missouri- $6-9
  • Montana- $8-12
  • Nebraska- $10-16
  • Nevada- $15-18
  • New Hampshire- $8-12
  • New Jersey- $8-12
  • New Mexico- $10-20
  • New York- $5-8
  • North Carolina- $8-12
  • North Dakota- $5-10
  • Ohio- $4-8
  • Oklahoma- $9-12
  • Oregon- $7-10
  • Pennsylvania- $5-8
  • Rhode Island- $6-8
  • South Carolina- $10-14
  • South Dakota- $6-10
  • Tennessee- $6-8
  • Texas- $7-10
  • Utah- $5-10
  • Vermont- $6-9
  • Virginia- $6-12
  • Washington- $10-13
  • West Virginia- $6-9
  • Wisconsin- $5-8
  • Wyoming- $6-10

As you can see, cost is usually based on region and availability. Hopefully, this puts things into perspective.