Ooooh, good topic! I used to have a book somewhere of horsey tips, so i've picked up a few things from that. Such as:
- I make my own haynets out of Bailing twine. They're pretty easy to do, you save money on buying them, AND you can choose the size of the holes. I make small holed ones because my horses are fatties! ;)
- you can rub candlewax on the stiching of older rugs to help with waterproofing.
- We cut a plastic bottle diagonally and use the cap end as a feed scoop
- We also use old saddle soap tins as bridle pegs. Just take the lid off, nail it in and put the lid back on. It keeps the shape better than just hanging them on a nail, and if you have a lot of bridles it's cheaper than getting loads of bridle pegs
- You can use vinegar as a cheap fly repellant - it works, I promise!
- Old sleeping bags can be turned into stable rugs :)
- I save all the little bits of saddle soap that are too small and when I have enough I melt em all down and pour them in a butter tub to make a new bar....you have to buy saddle soap SLIGHTLY less often. It's the little things, eh?
Well that's all I can think of right now, besides the things people have already said. I'll see if I can find that book later, it was really good.