One of my mares went lame almost 3 weeks ago, box rested her for two weeks and then lameness work-up at the equine hospital. Diagnosis via MRI: Small tear to the collateral ligament and bruising to the navicular bone on the offside fore. Treatment: IRAP and Tildren and 3-months boxrest. The vets were very happy they diagnosed the injury so early, which they say means she has a very good chance of making a complete recovery. This mare is very happy to be in the stable, super chilled type that loves her food. The problem is the price of hay the livery yard owners charge per small bale (£6.50). My mare is a 16.3hh middleweight with the appetite of an elephant, happily munches her straw bed when her haynet runs out. At the moment we are getting ad-lib haylage for £14 per week but this will end next weekend. She is a good doer but i'm unsure of how many small bales she will need per week? She gets grumpy when hungry.. Any tips for stretching the hay? Is straw bed munching likely to cause problems? Cheers!