"We find it very difficult to get hold of dry hay," says Gita Karelius, head of Ludvika riding school.

Feed in the form of hay silage has been secured through good contact with a farmer. But the hay delivery that should have arrived in August has not materialized. And the hay available has become more expensive.

"Hay prices always go up when there is a shortage like this. It was so dry in May and June that the harvests you take then became about half of what you need," says Lars Erik Lönnqvist, industrial policy expert at LRF.

Even if the rain has been favorable and can give another harvest, it requires staying weather.

"For hay, there is hope of being able to harvest in September, but good harvest weather is required to be able to bring it in," says Lars Erik Lönnqvist.

"An equation that doesn't add up"

Anna Reilly, riding school advisor at the Swedish Equestrian Federation, believes that the financial situation is already tough for many riding schools - high costs for electricity, construction, staff, and bedding are factors that make it expensive to run a horse business.

"It's already an equation that doesn't add up for many riding schools in the country, and higher hay prices will be another part that makes that equation more difficult," says Anna Reilly.

Anna Reilly does not believe that the situation will be as bad as the dry and hot summer of 2018. At that time, many riding schools needed to import feed from abroad.

"This year there is probably enough in the country, but probably this year the feed will be of poorer quality. Horse owners can supplement this with supplements, which becomes yet another expense.