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post #1 of 15 Old 03-07-2011, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Cost Saving Tips to Horse Ownership!

Why did we all have to fall in love with such an expensive hobby?! It's rather frustrating and overwhelming sometimes...

SO- Why don't we all share our tips that help us afford it!

For example, you can name discount tack stores, ways you save on lessons/board/bills, finding quality feed that's not pricey, making stuff yourself, etc. Anything goes!
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-10-2011, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by petitepyromaniac View Post
Why did we all have to fall in love with such an expensive hobby?! It's rather frustrating and overwhelming sometimes...

SO- Why don't we all share our tips that help us afford it!

For example, you can name discount tack stores, ways you save on lessons/board/bills, finding quality feed that's not pricey, making stuff yourself, etc. Anything goes!
I've always stuck with the obvious and important rule: Take goog care of your tack!!!

Also, I offer to ride other people's horses for them so I can have a little bit of pocket change.

A good one is to learn how to body clip or braid manes and tails or something like that, and offer out your services.

He carried me away from all my fears, and his mane was there to wipe my tears. -RIP Vegas, my best friend.
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-10-2011, 10:49 PM
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Buy used. I rarely buy 'new' tack. Especially bridles and halters and such.
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post #4 of 15 Old 03-10-2011, 10:50 PM
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my dad taught himself how to trim more farriers!

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post #5 of 15 Old 03-10-2011, 11:13 PM
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Good tips! I take $20 out of every check I get that goes to my show/emergency fund.. just in case!!

I borrow a lot of stuff until I can save for something I want. I feel like a pain for doing it sometimes though.

I work some of my board off. Even $20 can make or break me.

I want to get into tack cleaning, but I'm not sure how many customers I would have or if it'd be worth it. :)

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post #6 of 15 Old 03-11-2011, 12:26 AM
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I buy my gear on line, (ebay and craig's list). I just got a new horse and I got all the gear I needed for him (saddle, bridle, grooming supplies etc.) for less than $500. I also try to work off some board by doing barn chores.
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post #7 of 15 Old 03-11-2011, 12:53 AM
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I barely buy new stuff, ebay is good or just local sites here.

Or I ask for stuff for bdays and everything just got a new halter and leadrope for my birthday
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post #8 of 15 Old 03-11-2011, 01:23 AM
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I stay away from buying unneccessary items. new bridle, halter{can always be cleaned, unless he really needs another one, if it breaks}, etc...

I have all my grooming supplies from when i first adopted him. I spend money on the things that count, feed, hay, bedding, supplements, etc...
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post #9 of 15 Old 03-11-2011, 01:59 AM
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I buy hay in bulk bales (800 lb squares at $112 per ton instead of small squares at $200+ per ton). Only downside is that we have to use a tractor and hay spikes to move them.

My brother is my farrier and he does all the farrier work on our horses in return for getting a bale of hay from us occasionally.

I do all my own training so no trainer/instructor bills.

I am pretty handy with a pocketknife and a pair of hole-punchers for tack repairs.

Most importantly, though, is educating myself about medical conditions so that I don't have to call the vet for anything less than very serious. Horse has a nasty cut? No problem. Abscess or mystery lameness? Give me a minute and I can usually figure it out myself and get to work on fixing it. I can give my own shots and we always keep a bottle of Banamine and Penicillin in the fridge, plus clean needles and syringes.

It isn't always necessary to buy the brand name stuff like grooming equipment and halters. My $6 halter will tie up a horse just as well as some $40 halter. My $2 Dollar General human hair brush works just as well as any $20 "mane and tail" brush.

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post #10 of 15 Old 03-11-2011, 03:02 AM
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What a great idea! I'll definitely be following this one.

My ideas:

Buy quality equipment and take good care of it. Even if it is a little bit more expensive initially, in the long run it's a lot cheaper than constantly replacing cheap equipment. If you buy used, you can still buy quality.

Learn to repair and make things. Even something like a tailbag is so easy and cheap, but even I have been guilty of being lazy and buying them premade for way more money...

If you spend a lot of money on fly spray, it might be better to invest in a fly sheet if your horse will wear one. They're pretty easy to repair so they can last quite awhile even if they get damaged here and there. I've sewn up GIANT holes in these things before and turned them right back out. Doesn't look all that pretty, but it still keeps the flies off!

If your horse's mane and tail get really tangled and you use a ton of detangler, braiding them can save a lot of money, time, and hard work. There's also merit to making your own detangler or using horse-safe cheaper human alternatives.

Don't let yourself get carried away in over-supplementing! Make sure that any supplement you give your horse is really going to help him with an existing issue or prevent something that he is really at risk of developing.
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