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    02-21-2012, 10:52 PM
  #31
Yearling
Sell your horse... tons of money saved
     
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    02-22-2012, 12:19 AM
  #32
Green Broke
Unfortunately I currently have to board (hate it) but do partial care, that saves a bundle.
-Give my own shots and trims.
-Don't use soap at all for baths, just water and my horses get amazingly clean. It also saves on soap and the amount of water needed to get the soap back out again.
-I buy lasersheen concentrate, one bottle of concentrate cost about the same as a normal bottle.
-Use concentrate fly spray for cattle. Stuff I use makes 5 gallons of fly spray and once again cost about what one bottle of flyspray costs. I was warned that my horse couldn't be eaten for 30 days after an application but I'm not to worried about that.
-Only purchase tack and accessories when needed, not when wanted.
     
    02-22-2012, 12:29 PM
  #33
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
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?"

I sold my 1992 GT 5.0 convertible mustang for my horse. Makes me feel sick when I think about how much I loved that car but if the truth be told, I love Sonny more :) Someday, I will get another classic car but I will always remember I went from one "horse" to another
     
    02-22-2012, 06:51 PM
  #34
Trained
I love this thread! It makes you think...plus, some great money saving ideas have been shared. Unfortunately, I can't think of anything that I do that isn't a "justification"...not a real "money saving effort".
Oh, here's one! I ask for horse items (I am specific, no suprises, item no, model, everything) for xmas, makes it easier for gift givers and me. Good, one..eh?
I don't drive much b/c I don't like to and I am perfectly happy at home w my horses....but I could lie and say I am saving on gas.
I don't like ships, so I don't go on cruises, which is a huge savings!
Ah! I buy good used saddles b/c they are far cheaper and broken in! But, I probably have more saddles than I need...so, another "justification".
Oh, and...other than shooting...I have no other hobbies, so I save tons of $$ by not buying stuff for hobbies I was lucky enough to never have!
The truth is, I can't think of a way to save $$ when it comes to my horses - and I though I was a penny pincher! But this thread has made me start thinking!
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    02-22-2012, 11:02 PM
  #35
Weanling
I think we've got a lot of great ideas here that'll be helpful to everyone! I'll definitely think about switching over to the fly spray concentrate - never thought of that o.O
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    02-22-2012, 11:22 PM
  #36
Foal
Wait for sales before looking/shopping since if you look you are more inclined to buy, spending a little more on quality that will last... I am a vet tech so I get discounts on vet care and for lessons I help out at a local barn.
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    02-23-2012, 12:04 AM
  #37
Yearling
Both my horses are super easy keepers and low maintenance,which makes a huge difference,expense wise,but here's a just a few things I do to cut costs back even more:

I do my own trimming,and both my horses have good feet and go barefoot,so no shoeing costs.
I buy round bales instead of square,much cheaper!
I only buy tack if it's needed,and buy used good quality stuff instead of cheap new stuff.
My horses come amazingly clean with nothing but good ol water,no soap required.
I make my own fly spray,and have chickens,and nesting boxes for the swallows.
I use Neatsfoot oil instead of saddle soap.
I use anything I can find around the house/farm that will work in place of things like scrapers,brushes,lead ropes,ect. (My dad's old drywall trowels work great as scrapers,and heavy duty baler twine braided into a rope with a snap on the end works great as a lead rope)
I buy stuff like brushes,medical supplies,hair ties,towels,ect. At Dollarama. They may not be made specifically for horses,but they work just as well.
I watch for sales,and compare prices.
If my horses don't need it,I don't buy it.
I take good care of what I have so it lasts.
     

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