Part of our business at Longhope is forage for horses. We have been making hay, haylage and, more recently, wrapped hay, since 1981 when Mike started the equine supply side of the business.
All forage is produced to the highest standard with crops regularly checked for noxious (and potentially deadly) weeds such as ragwort. Each bale is supplied on a refund or replace basis, although problems are rare. You are dealing with a crop and each year it can vary with climatic conditions. Anybody can make hay in a good year - it is doing so in a bad year where the skill comes in. We barn condition the hay to ensure that the dust is kept to a minimum and the crop is at the correct moisture content.
Fields will vary from the permanent pasture to the reseeded paddocks. We even deal with organic orchid orchards where the crop is not to be cut until the wild flowers have shed seeds.
Hay: Mostly made in June. We sell conventional bales and large bales of various sizes. There is the softer meadow hay and the slightly courser seed hay.
Haylage: Small (conventional) bales which in our case are wrapped in black plastic. Easier to handle than the larger bales
Wrapped hay: This is something Mike developed which is somewhere between hay and haylage. It keeps beautifully but for owners who do not have a lot of indoor/barn storage it is ideal as it can be kept outside provided it is used within a month or so of opening.
Silage: Much more moist and rarely used for horses. Mostly for cattle.
Barley straw: Can be in large or small bales. Great product but ‘some’ horses will eat it.
Wheat straw: Large and small bales. Great for bedding.
Oil-seed rape straw: Gives a good, dry bed. Much courser than the other straw but rarely do horses actually lie down in the stable anyway. Very free draining.
"It’s a pity you cannot smell on the internet because each of our bales instantly transports you back to the hay meadows of Summer even when its snowing or raining outside. It’s the ultimate takeaway for your horse."
We deliver within a sensible radius. Large orders work out much more economical if we are delivering. Clients can collect and all are welcome to see the product being used in the livery yard prior to purchase and if necessary take a small amount away to sample.
things to consider when ordering
How much storage space you have?
Do you need extra help to unload?
Have you got good access to the storage area for a large trailer?
What time of day do you want delivery? We always phone first, and in most cases need to confirm that you are in before we set off (please keep your mobile near you).
Do you want a receipt? Please have your payment ready.
Have we got your address and postcode and any special instructions?
We are happy to help in any way we can…..just let us know. You can even ‘try before you buy’.