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post #21 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 01:59 PM
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I dont Board, do my own shots have a great Farrier who I earned some discounts from riding his horses for him from time to time, I go to tack swaps and sales, I buy my hay from a ranch with in driving distance(no hauling fee) and make good by being a "good neighbor'' (help with fencing, tuned up a young horse, homemade treats during holidays) it helps for those occasions when the check hasnt come yet, that and you have a good relationship with good people. I am a big fan of the Dollar Tree. I dont show so shampoo thats on sale/cheap will do. I buy my fly spray, buckets, and tack cleaners in bulk.
And I only bring home easy keepers. =)

you all have awesome tips! I like the homemade treats one...have any good recipes.

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post #22 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 08:51 PM
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Umm, you can't afford a sweat scraper? This one is less than $2, and I've had one (a plastic one that is the same and probably cost less) for 12 years.

Aluminum Sweat Scraper - Sweat Scrapers from SmartPak Equine

And turning a screw driver into a hoof picks? Hoof picks cost less than screw drivers.

The best way I've found to save money is to buy quality stuff to begin with. It costs more at purchase price, but it lasts so much longer. Also, plan ahead, if you need something, look for it during an off season and surf sites that sell things at a major discount, and don't be picky on color, etc. I like Rambo and Pessoa blankets because they last forever, and I picked up a Pessoa on TOTD not too long ago for about half the price of my local tack shop. The first one last me over 5 years, and still looks great, a second one should get my horse through most of his life ;)

Also, I'd rather buy quality used gear than cheap new gear. I bought my beloved old Crosby in 2007 for $700. This summer I realized it no longer fit my mare after we started doing more dressage, and she needed a wider tree, I sold the same saddle for $700 :) A quality saddle never goes out of style. On a different side of the same coin, I purchased my current jumping saddle also in 2007 for $400, it's a Beval "the Natural" which retail for about $2500 new. I searched for this saddle weekly for 2 years because I knew I wanted one, and finally found one at my excellent price because the woman had had it for sale for $800 for over two years, leap of faith I asked if she still had it, she said yes, it was sitting in her parents closet and to make an offer, and now I ride in it daily and use it on 5 different horses :)

Tack swaps are hit or miss, but I've gotten some awesome deals at them too.

I also barter things to save money. A friend at the barn does blanket repair and horse laundry. She also works long hours besides that and does not have time to ride her mare. I ride her mare and give her daily treats, attention, and keep her white/long mane and tail spotless in exchange for horse laundry. My trainer and I will occasionally barter too, I will house sit/dog sit for him in exchange for lessons or training.

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post #23 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters View Post
Darn right! I test drove a new Shelby GT-500 yesterday when I took my car in to the dealership. The whole way home after driving it I was thinking "Hmm, which horses should I sell so I can have that snake?"
But MHF, you can't swing by the feed store and get bales of shavings or bags of feed in a car like that!!!??!!!
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post #24 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Country Woman View Post
If I ever get my horse I am getting a Wintec western saddle
I have one and it's stood up to hard use for many years for my chubby quarter horses. Light to handle, easy to clean. Comfy, too, although it doesn't compare to the cushy seats they make nowadays. It doesn't work for my gaited horses, though, so be aware that you will want to make sure it fits your new horse when the time comes.
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post #25 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 09:07 PM
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I have a sweat scraper hanging on the barn wall, works good for smacking things, dunnno never felt the urge to wipe any sweat. Must be doing soemthing wrong.

Lets see, textured feed and chickens. Cuts down on fly spray, plus I get breakfast every morning. Thats the deal I have, eggs for breakfast or chicken for dinner the choice is theirs.
For many items, Buy once cry once. cutting corners is frequently false economy if you are buying junk you have to keep replacing.
Hoof boots are cheaper than shoes. Most horses dont need shoes all the time, just throw the boots on when you ride on roads or rocky terrian.
Have land and grass, and dont buy more horses than your grass can feed.
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post #26 of 37 Old 02-19-2012, 09:28 PM
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We keep the horses on our property, so some of our stuff is for "home" boarded horses.
We buy bulk pine shavings from the sawmill. We have a trailer and they put a few huge scoops in for a pittance. Saves a ton of money on bedding.
We buy hay close by from a good farm and pick it up ourselves.
We feed good food/suppliments, but we don't go nuts and buy a billion different suppliments. Good food = good horse, but don't go nuts, and buy easy keepers. You can fall in love with one just as easily as a hard keeper.
GET A VET CHECK BEFORE BUYING A HORSE. You will save save save in the long run.
We found old crib sheets at a yardsale and use them for saddle covers, and wipe down our saddles and cover them after each use. Keeps them in better shape.
Glycerin soap for tack instead of expensive saddle soap.
Agree with Joe4d about Hoof Boots. Our gelding has hard, good feet, but they are shallow, so he gets boots for rocky terrain. One pair of boots well taken care of can last a long time.
Give our own vaccines except for the ones we can't (ie. coggins/rabies)
If you have your own pasture, make sure it can feed your horses, and get the local ag office to do a free soil test so you can grow the right stuff. It's a waste of money to buy grass seed that won't grow on your soil, and you will be asking for weeds.
That's all I can think of for now.
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post #27 of 37 Old 02-20-2012, 04:26 AM Thread Starter
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About not being able to afford a squeegee, all my local shops are asking $12 for one! So, got a squeegee for $2 and called it a day. My trainer gets pissy if you don't have a "complete" grooming kit with one
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post #28 of 37 Old 02-20-2012, 04:41 AM
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I eat less.
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post #29 of 37 Old 02-20-2012, 06:56 AM
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I'm old. I putz along in the woods of northern New England. My horses don't get sweaty enough to need a scraper. Rarely breaks 80 here. Baths? When I do they just go roll in a dirt spot. But I do have a scraper, must be 25 years old now. In the barn someplace. I move it from one milk crate to another occasionally looking for something else. I think the last show I went to with a horse was in 1975.

Murphy's oil soap is great on leather.

a truckload of loose pine sawdust is $5 around the corner from me, the $5 is for starting the loader. If I'm just grabbing a little I save the $5 and shovel myself.

Screwdrivers are free, 250 years of blacksmithing was done here. I have tools and rods and chunks of iron rising to the surface around the outbuildings all the time. Wish I knew what to do with 60 or more dead rasps that were saved over the ages. Lot of the chunks were traded to a currently working blacksmith for a few odd jobs where I just wasn't strong enough. Guess I'll just keep bartering them away...I just keep thinking they will make a neat looking rustic something which is why they probably got saved to begin with.
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post #30 of 37 Old 02-20-2012, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails View Post
But MHF, you can't swing by the feed store and get bales of shavings or bags of feed in a car like that!!!??!!!
I have 2 trucks though Nah, as pretty as it was I can't see spending 60k on a Mustang even if I had it to spend! Now if it was an old Hemi Cuda, I'd be posting horse for sale ads

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