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post #1 of 32 Old 06-25-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Any horse equipment you substitute?

What horse equipment do you substitute qwith every day stuff? If that confused you, I'll explain a little more. Some people use things they find in Wal-Mart or other general stores that they use as a substitue for horse supplies. I know some people who use regular tool boxes as grooming totes and use baby wipes for the eyes and muzzle.

Do you guys substitute anything? If so, what?

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post #2 of 32 Old 06-25-2011, 07:18 PM
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I buy my 'water buckets' from walmart xD makes me not cringe as much when I have to throw one away knowing that I only paid $4 instead of $15+. I also buy my horse's soap from walmart (mane and tails shampoo) and have even bought long, double braided dog leashes and used them as lead ropes for our minis xD it workes just as well if you ask me!

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post #3 of 32 Old 06-25-2011, 07:58 PM
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My horses feed bins are from chickenfeed, about $10ea. Our water is in bins.
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post #4 of 32 Old 06-25-2011, 11:51 PM
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Our water troughs in the field are bath tubs..
The "D-ring" on my girth that I clip my breastcollar to is bailing twine..the rings ripped off some how..? Lol
Uhh..a few of our leads are dog leashes.
What I'm learning to rope on is a barrel instead of a plastic steer head.
The knife I should use to cut twine is actually a lighter and I burn it to break it instead of cut (we use it after we take it off the bales for other things).
The wire Or rope we should use to tie up buckets (like..if we need to do make-shift stalls if it's dangerous to go out while in the run-in), tie fence together (in the middle to keep it close together because it's doubled in places), etc.
Rope for make-shift reins when hopping on bareback/halter to go to the different barns.
Baby shampoo for washing the horses, lol.
Hmm..that's all I can think of so far :p Half the stuff we don't even have to actually buy, lol.
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post #5 of 32 Old 06-26-2011, 12:33 AM
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I use deposible razors for a close shave on the horses' muzzles before a show. I find it gives a better shave than clippers.
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post #6 of 32 Old 06-26-2011, 03:42 AM
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Baling twine for pretty much anything.
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post #7 of 32 Old 06-26-2011, 09:54 AM
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Home improvement stores are a treasure trove! I got my tack box from one (big toolbox on wheels) and my show box is a big plastic tub with a lid - I keep all my show gear in there to keep it clean. My feed buckets are all flexible storage tubs bought from either a home improvement store or my local supermarket (I work there, we sell them and they're lovely quality). Old bathtubs as water troughs, baler twine for next to near everything. Human wound dressings in our first aid kit rather than equine ones, they are more effective. A wound is a wound, regardless of species.

Daipers/nappies make brilliant wound dressings for hocks ;] you do get some odd looks when you go to buy them though hahaha more so when you say it's for your horse.

My showing vest (I wear it under my hacking jacket) is from the local op shop, it was designed for non-equestrian use but it doesn't get in the way at all. My current show shirt is from my old school uniform but is getting a bit small so I need to buy a new one.

We substitute SO many things it's not even funny, and most of the time, it's cheaper for better quality anyway!
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post #8 of 32 Old 06-26-2011, 10:34 AM
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Generic, store brand Metamucil powder instead of Sand Clear. It contains the same active ingredient, psyllium fiber.

Suave shampoo and conditioner instead of expensive equine products. Same cleaning agents, just doesn't have 'equine' in the title so it's a lot cheaper.

Ethnic hair care products instead of Show Sheen. Much cheaper, and does the exact same thing.

I don't use baling twine in place of tack. That's the only only thing on which I won't cheap out. Good tack is important, and if it needs to be repaired I have it done.

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post #9 of 32 Old 06-26-2011, 10:39 AM
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Alluminum trash cans for grain storage, a garden hose nozzle for bathing, cotton shirts for cleaning tack....
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post #10 of 32 Old 06-26-2011, 10:41 AM
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I use kid's hair detangler on manes & tails, works as well and they smell like "Wacky Watermelon" or "Cool Coconut" :)

I look for buys wherever I can, but like SR, I don't skimp on tack. In that department my theory is buy good, buy once.

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