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        10-07-2010, 08:05 AM
    Green Broke
    Haha no but I will get some :)
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        10-07-2010, 09:06 AM
    Originally Posted by RedTree    
    wow tea tree oil that's what I shall use next :)
    Do you just put a little bit in a tub of warm water
    Yup , 2 cap full - 2 litres water .
    And use like a shampoo ( scrub on and rinse) or treatment and leave on (like I do) My horses are not rugged so this cleans them leaving their natural oils intact and protects them from insects & skin infections like rain scold. Great foot scrub to protect/treat - greasy heel and seedy toe.
        10-07-2010, 10:07 AM
    I use apple cider vinegar with tea tree oil or fly spray, way cheaper and more effective.
        10-07-2010, 11:25 AM
    These are good. I don't have a barn but I like the planting flowers to get rid of bugs. I think I heard that planting eggplant (one or two) gets rid of a lot of bugs.
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        10-08-2010, 10:18 PM
    Originally Posted by starlinestables    
    I try to buy most of my tack and riding clothes on ebay.
    How do you go about buying on Ebay? Like do you buy saddles and bridles or just like saddle pads, etc.? I saw some really good prices and read reviews (on a different site) about the products.. Do you have any sellers you use a lot?!
        10-08-2010, 11:27 PM
    For saddles.. If I see a saddle in store or where ever that I like... I look it up on ebay and buy it. You can find bulk saddle pads and other things as well.. but the major savings is on saddles.
        10-08-2010, 11:37 PM
    One of the biggest money savers.....Bailing twine!!!

    Use it to tie things together.
    Make bows for your horses braids.
    Got a broom that keeps falling apart...fix it with bailing twine.
    Need some new guessed it, Bailing twine.
    Don't have a saddle bag for your water bottle?....Just tie a piece of twine around the top of the bottle and then tie it to the horn...ta-da! Instant canteen!

    The infinite uses for that annoying orange string that just piles up around the barn.
        10-08-2010, 11:57 PM
    I know not everyone can do this (especially if you work or have strong obligations outside of your farm), but I think everyone is grossly aware of how much it costs to operate water-tank heaters in the winter months. Well, at least if you live in a climate where there are freezing air temperatures 4-6 months out of the year...

    Anyhow: after incurring a few nearly $1000 electricity bills during the winter when running tank heaters, we decided enough is enough! We went out and bought smaller water tanks for all of our pastures and paddocks (small enough that it is easy to flip, but large enough that they hold more than enough water for the horses for the day). We check them every couple of hours during the day and dump/refill if they are slushy/frozen.
        10-08-2010, 11:59 PM
    Oooo - we also use feed bags for garbage bags, so no money spent there, either. Buy our bedding in bulk when we can (a whole truckload for less than 20 bucks, lasts over a week), versus spending over $100 to bed the barn a week with baled shavings.
        10-09-2010, 09:42 AM
    Glad to see I'm not the only one to use baling twine to tie on a water botttle. I use baling twine for all sorts of things. I carry several pieces behind the seat of my truck and in the trunk of my car. Never know when you'll need to tie someone I mean something up.

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