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        03-11-2011, 07:02 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    If you have not gone to college yet, get all the education you can in your field so you are tops and can make more money- to spend on horses, of course :)

    Prevention- make sure your stable has good fencing, has good arena footing, has attentive owners that actually watch your horse.

    FLY SPRAY- feed your horse garlic for an inside out treatment and also use vinegar and water for an all natural spray.

    Do not ever take on more than one horse, unless you can truly afford to keep it and keep it healthy.
         
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        03-11-2011, 07:04 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    Oh yeah, and tube socks work great as a tail bag and come in a package of 12 for about $7.
         
        03-11-2011, 07:53 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    Loads of stuff you find in supermarkets is ideal for around the yard and works better then most horse equivalents

    Conditioner mixed with water makes great detangler and you can get conditioner for less then a euro

    Nappies are perfect for poulticing

    PLait bailing twine together and tie into a snap for at home leadropes.

    Duvets are ideal underrugs and you can get all different weights

    Buy your own clippers works out cheaper then paying someone to clip twice or three times a year for you

    Buy feed and bedding in bulk

    Ask for more expensive items for birthdays and christmas

    Buy cottenwool and cleaning fluids and gels in discount shops you also get bleach, buckets, sponges, clothes, hairbrushes here for cheap

    Pick up a tool box or a house cleaning tray to carry grroming stuff in

    Pillow cases make great saddle covers

    If you know you will need a new outdoor rug next season buy them in the summer same as summer rugs buy thme going into winter when there sellling them off
         
        03-11-2011, 10:16 AM
      #14
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MaggiStar    

    PLait bailing twine together and tie into a snap for at home leadropes.
    I found one of these at my barn. It's pretty cool looking. Just make sure you knot or melt the bottom!
         
        03-11-2011, 01:42 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    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.
         

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