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post #11 of 14 Old 04-11-2011, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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The best website ever to check the quality of what you buy: I love it!

I bought snugpax after reading their reviews. My husband gave me a hassle because they were so expensive. He's now on his third cheap saddlebag in 2 years. My snugpax still look brand new, 2 years later. Definitely better to buy what will last, once, rather than cheap stuff, every year or so.

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post #12 of 14 Old 04-11-2011, 04:46 PM
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Look to see if you could make any changes for your horse's diet for the better that would be cheaper. For example, I was spending $54 a week in hay for my horses to eat square bales. I bought a round bale for $30 and it lasted for two weeks.

Buy good quality fly masks even if they're more expensive because they usually last longer than the cheapo ones. Make your own fly spray with vinegar and such and rig together your own fly traps.

Look for the biggest deals you can find. When you get ready to buy something, don't. Wait a day or two and say to yourself, "Do I REALLY need that?"

Buy your wormer in bulk. Look around at different websites for the cheapest deals. Some even have free shipping on big orders.

Take care of your stuff so it will last longer.

When you get the vet out see if somebody else wants their horse looked at so you can split the call charge.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail...
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post #13 of 14 Old 04-11-2011, 05:06 PM
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I agree with previous posts about buying quality used tack. I splurged a few years back on a new Dale Chavez saddle and spent a good chunk of money...It's absolutely gorgeous but I prefer my 30 year old custom Charles Crawley.

Buy in bulk, anything you can. We get our shaving from a sawmill. I was the first person who asked the owner about it and he calls me first whenever he has a tri-axle load and he delivers it for me, saves substantially over bags but requires a good sized space to keep it in.

Orvus shampoo!!!! Buy it by the gallon container, it will last forever and it is great stuff.

Instead of buying individual slick & easy blocks, get a full sized grill block at a restaurant supply store. They are the same thing but rest. size you will get 10 blocks out of with a hacksaw. S&E's at the tsc are around 4 bucks each, the block from the food service place is $1.79!

Take advantage of "bucket sales" at the local farm store (I know Rural King & TSC both do them) where you get 15% off whatever you can fit in the bucket. The savings will buy the new water bucket. I usually fill my bucket with wormer and supplements...all the little can really pack a bucket full! :)

Don't waste money on commercial whitening sprays for shows, corn starch and a toothbrush will make amazingly white socks & markings at a fraction of the cost.

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post #14 of 14 Old 04-11-2011, 05:21 PM
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Be smart! Know what the main ingrediants in wormer and feed and figure out what you need, you can usually find that no name brands or the stores brand will probably be cheaper than name brands. I like to go on you can fin dewormer for like $2-$3.

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