Hay Balancing & Consulting


Independent Nutrition Consults and Hay Balancing 

by Desert Equine Balance 


Email consult –
Evaluation and customization of your feeding plans beginning at $75 for basic hay balancing based on your analysis results (single hay, 1-2 horses).  Includes email follow-up.
Complex plans include additional forages, pasture and feeds, and/or multiple horses with differing or specialized requirements including training and performance, mare and foal diet management and young stock.
Updates and Revisions - substantial changes to original plan (does not include new hay balancing)
Spreadsheet review and coaching - with goal for you to become independent in using them.  (Dr. Kellon's NRCPlus class advised.)

Starting at $75



Complex plans average $95 to $135



Updates starting at $55


Starting at $55
Onsite Consult in Tucson and Southern Arizona –
Extensive onsite evaluation and customization of your feeding program.  Includes teaching, printed materials and email follow-up. Please plan for a minimum of two to three hours and feel free to invite your veterinarian.


Onsite consults start at $95 (plus mileage outside Vail and Eastside Tucson)

Outside of Southern Arizona area consider email consult
Onsite Consult with Hay Sampling –
Includes onsite evaluation and customization of your feeding program as above, plus coring 1 hay sample, shipping, analysis by DairyOne Forage Lab (see lab and shipping fees below), interpretation of results, custom supplement formula with feeding plan and email or phone follow-up.
Onsite follow-up is additional.

Onsite consults with hay coring start at
$115 (+ mileage outside Vail and Eastside Tucson) plus DairyOne lab fees and shipping


Hay Sampling (coring) only -   
Service includes coring 1 hay sample, shipping, analysis by DairyOne Forage Lab (see lab and shipping rates below). Does not include interpretation. 

Hay samples should not be mixed or combined -this will provide inaccurate results. "Combining" multiple hays is done during  interpretation of test results and balancing.


$35 plus mileage, lab fees and shipping

Additional samples - $10 per sample plus lab fees.
DairyOne Lab Fees
Basic forage NIR plus wet chemistry minerals starting at $28
Wet Chemistry starting at $52
Nitrates  add $9
Selenium test add $35
Additional tests available starting at $6

Minimum $28
Average lab fees per sample $37-$72

Lab fees are itemized on your invoice
Shipping - 
Flat rate Priority Mail to DairyOne Forage Lab
Single hay sample $5.25
2 - 5 samples $11.50
Travel - 
Outside Vail and Eastside Tucson area

$0.56/mile (charged one way)