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post #11 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 05:35 AM
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I've found that the easiest way to save $$s in the horse world is to only buy 'low maintenance' horses. All our mares have simple diets (pasture/hay) and very good feet. Just those two characteristics will save you a ton of $$s at the feed store and with the vet and farrier.
If I'm looking at a horse to buy and see the owner is mixing 5 different feeds/supplements/etc or tells me that the horse has to be shod because of x/y/z (and I have nothing against shoeing a horse), I won't bother to look further.
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post #13 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 10:21 AM
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Buy synthetic tack, no soap requried..lol Make your own treats. And most importantly, stop looking at tack, I can't look at it without buying it;)
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post #14 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 10:23 AM
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Round bales of hay instead of small squares. Do my own trimming and shots. Keeping my horses at home instead of boarding. Repairing my own blankets, tack.

Having enough land so the horses can eat grass all summer!
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post #15 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 10:32 AM
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yes...my hand makes a good squeege. Dollar store cleaning brushes and hair brushes. A thin screwdriver bent at a right angle for a hoofpick. Bedding is loose, loaded into my truck from a nearby mill. Often mix my own flyspray. Dollar store first aid items as much as possible.
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post #16 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 11:16 AM
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I don't board, that's helped me a lot. I give lessons to the hay farmers kids, I get $2 discount on every bale of hay and free delivery. I don't know if it saves money but, I write down all my shows and horsie events for the year, go back to last years prize lists/past experiences and give an estimated cost for every show, that way I am not bombarded with costs the weekend of the show. I can't say tack wise I save much, stuff I don't need or use I tack to tack sales or sell online and make some money. But then now I am sort of in a predicament where I need some more tack.

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post #17 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 12:22 PM
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I've found that the easiest way to save $$s in the horse world is to only buy 'low maintenance' horses. All our mares have simple diets (pasture/hay) and very good feet. Just those two characteristics will save you a ton of $$s at the feed store and with the vet and farrier.
If I'm looking at a horse to buy and see the owner is mixing 5 different feeds/supplements/etc or tells me that the horse has to be shod because of x/y/z (and I have nothing against shoeing a horse), I won't bother to look further.
I will for sure look for low maintenance horses
My husband and I are low maintenance as well

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post #18 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 01:10 PM
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A length of bailer twine scraped down a horse works as well as any sweat scraper.

I agree that 'rub rags' are better than any show sheen.

Although not a money saver, three of the ball shaped stainless steel pot scourers unravelled and plaited together make the best mud remover ever. Horses don't mind them being used either.
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post #19 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 01:40 PM
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Round bales of hay instead of small squares. Do my own trimming and shots. Keeping my horses at home instead of boarding. Repairing my own blankets, tack.

Having enough land so the horses can eat grass all summer!
just asking how much land does the low maintenance horse need
And how many round bales? Also how much of the round bale do you need


Also leasing can be less costly as well

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If I ever get my horse I am getting a Wintec western saddle

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