It is important to understand the way that our compressed bales are manufactured. We use a 4’x4’x8’ bale of forage that is put into our press and cut horizontally twice, moved across a scale, weighed compressed and banded. During this process when the hay is sliced it creates fractures, just as a piece of wood does when it is cut. These are fractures that are in the bales, not dust. Most often horses love this part of the bale, as to them it is the “candy”. If a horse has respiratory problems and the fractures are bothersome to the horse, the hay can be wetted down.