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post #11 of 41 Old 02-14-2010, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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:) I'm really glad people are posting, I love saving money, haha.

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post #12 of 41 Old 02-14-2010, 09:00 AM
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companion plants to ward off pests

It /really/ has helped us out around the barn. The only thing I have the worst time with are the gnats? I think they are called that, they're tiny black flies that bite and make you bleed.
Thanks WF. And this sort of ties in to the plant thing...I use Smart Paks so plan to use the leftover plastic bases to start both my plants for warding off insects as well as the plants for my vegetable garden. They are the perfect size to start seeds.
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post #13 of 41 Old 02-14-2010, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking about starting a garden this year, I just don't know if I'll have time. I take a conservation science class in college and it opened my eyes to what we were eating and how bad it is for us. ;x

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post #14 of 41 Old 02-14-2010, 05:02 PM
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some things my barn does:

Take a thin older saddle pad fold it in half and place a regular saddle pad on top and now you dont have to wash the thick heavy ones as often.

Buy every thing on sale.

Ebay Dover and other online places where you can get tack.

Turn off the light in the barn when not needed

Fly spray only when needed

show sheen only like when the need it

buy kids leave in conditioners for mane and tale de-tanglers

Cut up carrots, so you have more for each horse

Bathe when only nessicary

Buy in bulk!

thats all i have for now!

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post #15 of 41 Old 02-14-2010, 05:49 PM
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Simple - Don't have a barn :]

My horses are paddocked 24/7 - Don't get fed in summer except a mineral lick. Pretty cheap :]

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post #16 of 41 Old 02-14-2010, 06:26 PM
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instead of buying fly spray in the summer (which can add up) use diluted ACV....and in winter use it on thrush instead of buying expensive chemicals.

ACV can also be used as a join an coat suppliment so you can save alot by just buying a big jug of the stuff lol ACV stands for apple cider vinigar for those who dont know. lol

Also just reuse anything you can! be it buckets or old blankets an such lol

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post #17 of 41 Old 02-14-2010, 11:22 PM
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Feed you can buy by the ton (a pallet) for usually a .50 to $1 discount per bag.. 40 bags make a ton so I save $40 every month on feed.

If you go on and there are a few other websites you can go to for a list of hay and shavings suppliers and just call around and ask for prices and bulk prices.

If you don't have alot of horses try to find another barn or group of horse owners and see if yall can buy in bulk together for the discount.. You can find dealers in other states that deliver with better prices if you can buy alot at once.

If you are a boarder you can also co-op with other boarders to buy items like halters, mineral blocks and what not., and are really good buy in bulk sites especially For instances tackwholesale has really cute fleece lined halters that you can buy 5 at a time and they end up being $9 a halter.

All you have to do is ask.. When you go anywhere ask if they have bulk discounts or what they may have coupons for.

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post #18 of 41 Old 02-20-2010, 11:17 AM
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I love threads like this :P I don't own a farm, and probably won't for a long time, but I am already planning things in my dream farm for effeciency and cost saving for example: Lots and lots of natural light and windows in the barn to save on using electricity during the day.

I love the idea of the plants to ward off bug pests! I would have never thought of that.

I also like the idea of the fish net to sift through dirty water.


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post #19 of 41 Old 02-23-2010, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Yay :) I love saving !

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post #20 of 41 Old 03-11-2010, 03:06 PM
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We put Sky lights all the way through our barn by putting the Clear plastic pieces that will replace a piece of tin over every stall. In the summer or when the suns shining you don't need lights.
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