If only they knew what it takes to make hay. You are better off without them but hope you find someone to fill that void. That is a batch of bales. Not every year is going to be the same quality wise otherwise I would not be still putting 1st in the barn when last year I was done before the 4th of July.
As a thoroughbred horse owner, I personally don't care what it takes to make hay. Let me explain.
The investment I have in my horses is far and away the most costly part of my farm. So, the 'difficulty' in making hay has no meaning. I'm not going to decrease the feed quality for my investment, because of a rainy summer.
I'm not trying to bash your statement, but want to clarify why so many horse owners might seem overly 'picky' about feed/hay. For some, they just want what they perceive as best, for their animals/friends. For others, like myself, I want what is best for my investment. But... for others, they are just pains in the ass, and little will make them happy. But in all cases, the difficulty in making the product lies with the farmer and his price should reflect what he chooses to sell it for. Then, the buyer can choose from whom to purchase.
This is one reason why there is such a massive market for Western grown hay to be shipped into Kentucky and New York. The quality, given climate, is almost always excellent. The cost, to the owners, is worth it. Look up and call Creech Hay sales to see what some owners are willing to pay for a small square.