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    03-12-2010, 09:48 AM
Great! I just got a new book called "The Green Guide to horse owners and riders" i'll post some tips it give later.
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    03-12-2010, 10:08 AM
Buy stall bedding in bulk (saves money and trash money too as there are not heaps of bags to dispose of).
Use almost no fly spray - I use Fly Predators. They work great and keep the barn fly population way down.
Goldfish in the water trough keep the mosquito larvae population down so that is another place that makes my use of fly/bug spray less.
Re-use empty feed bags for just about anything. Trash bags, a temporary cover for something, etc.
Bale my own hay. That is a huge money saver.
    04-05-2010, 07:48 PM
The idea of buying shavings for like $7 a bale makes me sick.. What we do is save old feed bags, and sometimes we don't have enough so we go to the feed store and you can buy 50 for like $5.. Then we go to a sawmill and we pay $5 to take as much sawdust as we want. My dad bought this little contraption, it looks like a big rod, and we buy wire. We fill the huge feed bags tight as we can with sawdust, then twist the top, wrap a wire around, and the rod thing twists it nice and tight. We take two truck loads and it's enough for our two horses, usually from October - May.
It breaks down to this:
Gas: (it's 45 minutes away) $20
Sawdust: $5 (a lot of the time we don't get charged, and the $5 is like .. "take some today.. tomorrow.. next week.. until you have enough")
Bags: usually free, sometimes $5
1/2 pound wire clips - $4
Saving $7 a bale: priceless.
Total: $34 for 8 months worth of sawdust.

That's probably my biggest money saving tip. Also we keep round bales instead of square, we have tombstone feeders but don't use them. We use a tractor to lift our bales into our loft, then we "unroll" them like cinnamon rolls. My horses get the same amount as they would be getting out of a square bale.
Automatic waterer (outside) - my horses dump buckets, wasting water.
Making your own show clothes - my mom's best friend custom makes my english show shirts. Plus side is I got a HOT magenta show shirt (I'm a jumper haha), custom tailored to fit me, and monogrammed.
Keeping horses inside all day - my barn is well ventilated but unappealing for flies. I keep my horses inside all day with the lights off, and it's nice and cool. I don't have to fly spray them or anything, and they stay out all night. I ride early in the morning (around 7am) so I don't fly spray then either.
Deworming - I live in Canada where dewormer is around $28 a tube (and we use one per horse). My uncle regularly travels to the US, where he picks up various dewormers for me at around $17-18 a tube. Our dollar is almost par, so it's a huge savings.
Vaccinations - I had my vet do one vaccination, and he taught me how to do a second. I haven't had a vet vaccinate since.
Doing things ourselves - we do all our own fencing, since we bought an auger cheap at an auction. My dad put some time into it, fenced our back pasture, and then sold it, which paid for some (if not most of) the fencing materials. Also, he's a great diesel mechanic and crane operator, and works a lot on "favors". He's able to call on these favors to use excavators to clear land.

I guess those are my best tips, sorry they're so long!! I'll post more if I think of them!
    04-05-2010, 07:54 PM
Oh also huge money saver for the horse industry or not, we all have diesel trucks (my mom, my dad, and even me, and let me tell you, I look some cute at 5'2" coming barreling down the highway in a massive duramax diesel) and we keep diesel tanks on our property. I *believe* we have two in my dad's garage, we use them for fuelling our trucks, tractors, lawn mower, and probably other things I'm unaware of. Every two weeks or so a truck comes around (the truck that goes to area truck shops to fuel their business tanks) and fills our tank. If I'm correct I believe at times we get up to $0.12 off per liter (not sure what it would be off a gallon). When you're filling huge diesel tanks that's a LOT of savings. And I haul my horse 45 minutes away + 45 minutes back every week for lessons so saving cash on gas is a great thing!
    10-07-2010, 12:23 AM
Green Broke
I thought I should revive this post :)

Sunflower seeds coat supplement, helps put on weight as well.
I use old feed bags as a hay net thing for show :P haha it may be dorky but we have so many feed bags left around and it takes so much more then a hay net.

Also I think you can over here sell the feed bags back to the feed stores, we havn't done it yet but have been planning to for ages
    10-07-2010, 01:10 AM
Originally Posted by kmacdougall    
Deworming - I live in Canada where dewormer is around $28 a tube (and we use one per horse). My uncle regularly travels to the US, where he picks up various dewormers for me at around $17-18 a tube. Our dollar is almost par, so it's a huge savings.
17-18 dollars is still a lot for dewormer. I have bought dewormer here for that price.

(I live in Canada as well,) and whenever we are down in the states we load up on dewormer too, but have never spent 17 bucks!?!? I was recently in Fargo ND and picked up both ivermectin and pyrantal dewormers for 4/tube. The most I have ever paid in the states is 7/tube....just saying
    10-07-2010, 03:15 AM
There used to be an old farmer in our area that would cut sagebrush fields for people. But he didn't bushhog it, he cut it like hay then baled it and sold it for bedding. Dollar a bale and good as straw. Sadly he's gone. Now I go to a local sawmill where I get sawdust for free. I mix it with a few chips to keep it from packing down. Big savings!
    10-07-2010, 04:49 AM
Originally Posted by Pidge    
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 don't know. Lol

Also just reuse anything you can! Be it buckets or old blankets an such lol
Gotta love the ACV !! That and tea tree oil have saved me so much money!!!
I use diluted tea tree oil in warm water instead of shampoo, amazing results

I have my horses bare foot
And recently taken a no rug policy as well
So I save on shoes and rug repair

I spell my paddocks min 3 months ( 3 paddocks)
    10-07-2010, 08:54 AM
Green Broke
Wow tea tree oil that's what I shall use next :)
Do you just put a little bit in a tub of warm water
    10-07-2010, 08:58 AM
Originally Posted by RedTree    
I use old feed bags as a hay net thing for show :P haha it may be dorky but we have so many feed bags left around and it takes so much more then a hay net.
Very interested to hear how one uses a feed back as a hay net. Do you have photos?

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