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    12-16-2011, 11:25 PM
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Weanling
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Anyone have any $ saving horse keeping tips? Any would be appreciated. (:
     
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    12-16-2011, 11:32 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I actually believe there is a thread already about this somewhere, although:

Buying feeds in bulk with other people is always a good idea, the more you buy - the cheaper it can usually be.
     
    12-16-2011, 11:48 PM
  #3
Banned
What kind of area do you live? That can make a difference... I live in the country, so I cut my own trees for fencing and that really cuts down on lumber costs. I also use pine straw (which falls like rain in my yard!) as bedding, though I know some horses are iffy about that, and some are prone to try and eat it.
     
    12-16-2011, 11:49 PM
  #4
Weanling
My horse lives at my house and he's outdoors 24/7. He doesn't have a stall, so I don't have to worry about bedding or anything like that.
     
    12-16-2011, 11:52 PM
  #5
Banned
So does mine at the moment :) I just like to make a little snuggly bed when the weather turns cold, Indie loves to just lay in it and roll around

If possible, rotate pastures and keep them on a growing schedule so that more grass is available- this GREATLY reduces the hay (and grain, because fresh grass has so many nutrients, most horses won't need grain) during the spring through summer in some areas (such as eastern NC, where I am located).
     
    12-16-2011, 11:53 PM
  #6
Weanling
I live on 4 acres...Rotating with pastures isn't an option ): Thanks anyways. (:
     
    12-16-2011, 11:54 PM
  #7
Banned
How many horses do you have? I only have one and 3 acres keeps me from having to buy any hay at all for at least four months out of the year.
     
    12-16-2011, 11:56 PM
  #8
Weanling
I have one horse, but my dad wouldn't exactly appreciate the whole backyard becoming a pasture (; Right now Joker is in a 1 1/2 acre pen. Buying hay really isn't that much of a problem for me. Just wanted to see what other people would say (:
     
    12-17-2011, 12:03 AM
  #9
Banned
Well, it is a way to cut costs- that's what you were asking for advice on xD It's possible to rotate even one pasture, I have a 1 acre pasture that I cut in half during the wet season so the ground doesn't get torn up. Indie survives on half an acre just fine, and when the ground is all recovered and the grass green I let her back on it again. It isn't much, but it does last a few days and does help put on some pounds

Another good way to cut costs, if your horse is barefoot is to invest in learning about hoof trimming (it's good to find someone to help you learn hands on). Even if you don't want to do the whole thing; keeping them touched up can prolong the farrier visits. I do my own farrier work, and it saves me $30 a month- about the cost of a hay bale during late summer! It adds up.

Buy horse wormer online in bulk, the generic stuff (if it works for you) is only a couple dollars, buying a years worth really isn't that much and it's nice to always have it on hand.

If you need supplements, buy corn oil instead of expensive horse related oils, does the same thing and keeps the weight on beautifully during the winter.

Hmm... I could think of more, I'm a very hands on do it yourself person, if you have anything specific that you want to know how to cut costs with, it'd be easier to pin point and keep my poor frazzled mine focused
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    12-17-2011, 11:24 AM
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Green Broke
Fence in more yard, less hay and feed money,
Get his teeth checked and floated. The money you spend on it you will more than make up for by feeding less feed.
Keep him barefoot and buy boots for riding in rocky areas or roads,
Buy quality serviceable tack that will last and then take care of it,
Learn to tie your own rope halters, and braid your own lead lines and reins out of left over baling cord.
Apprentice with a farrier and learn to do basic trims.
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