Danny Hall’s quarter horse, Flash, is more than just livestock. He’s a companion.
But hay crops have not fared well during the dry, hot summer, and skyrocketing prices have compelled Hall to make a tough decision. The 50-year-old resident of Millersport, in Fairfield County, is searching for a new home for Flash, and will give the horse to anyone who is a good fit.
“We just can’t afford to keep him anymore,” said Hall, who works at Nationwide in Columbus.
He and his family are sad at the prospect of saying goodbye to the 25-year-old horse they acquired in 2008. “He’s just a wonderful old soul,” Hall said.
Hall used to be able to get a round bale of hay for as little as $12, but now that price has risen to as much as $60, he said. He’s able to find round bales for $35 if he looks hard enough.
A decrease in the supply of hay due to the drought causes an increase in hay prices (an input into horse 'production'--or in this case the enjoyment of horses). An increase in input prices causes a decrease in the supply of the output (horse enjoyment).