Home made horse stuff and supplies
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Has anyone here made items or supplies for their horses or barns?
I’m all for buying a needed item that can’t easily or safely be made, but in the interests of up-cycling or saving money to spend elsewhere on an item I cannot make, I like to use what I have.
If something costs say $100 and I can make it for $10, then I would rather make it and spend the $90 difference to get a nicer pair of riding boots, a nicer horse blankets, higher quality bit…. or whatever.
It can be any horse related item or supply…. feeders, hay racks, feed storage bins, saddle racks, bridle hangers, blankets, saddle pads, tack, leg wraps, tail bags, …..anything.
I’ll go first, I’m working on a crochet saddle pad. I have a new Aussie saddle and I’m not crazy about the pad choices out there for them. Since I have alpacas and yarn, I’m going to experiment with a both a regular stitched pad and a felted pad, like the super expensive merino wool ones.
(Alpaca is nicer anyway… :thumbsup:)
I’m also making my own saddle racks. $8 of materials will give me two removable wall racks.
Still trying to figure out how to make a slow feeder system for hay and found this site with some great ideas-
My friend made a lunge stick (her horse needed something to help get him going on a lunge line) basically went to home depot, bought a skinny circular pole, and now just uses that to direct him. No, she never touches him with it
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...a bit warmer out of a scoop of rice and some leftover fleece material. Place it in the microwave for 1 min and voila, a small hot beanbag to warm the bit. My cost = $0
...4 saddle racks out of an 8' 4x4 some rings and some hooks. It can be unhooked to hang down against the wall or removed when not in use. My cost less than $15 for 4 racks
...blanket bars out of some rope, 3' lengths of 1.5" pvc pipe (I used these for agility poles for my dogs too), some wall screws with eyelets and quick clasps (carabiners). They work great and cost me less than $15 for 4 blanket bars.
... 3 sets of jump standards using for each set: 1 x 8' 4x4, 2 x 8' 2x4's (I used some old ones that were lying around and leftovers from our yard fence), jump cups and some screws. I also bought 6 12' round poles to go with them. It cost me around $50 in materials to build 3 functioning sets of jumps with standards.
Hubby has made a leather breast collar, leather saddle bags and a leather crupper for his Aussie saddle.
Although I am not much of a seamstress, I also wash and sew all my own blankets rather than send them out for cleaning and repair. Once I they are beyond my ability to repair them, it is time for new ones. This is the 4th or 5th winter I have had and used some of my turnout blankets, and they weren't terribly expensive to begin with.
Jump standards... You can make them for like $40 a pair, or buy them for $120!!
I've made my own lead ropes and lunge lines...Go to Home Depot and buy some of their nylon rope, that is the exact same thing as the other lead ropes out there, go a few isles over and they have clips..You can make multiple leads and lunge lines for cheap.
One of the barns I know gets the big metal feeders and welds bars across the top to slow her horses down. Seems to work for them
Ohh..I haven't thought about that..I need to try that for Hickory. He always eats fast and then tries to steal Lark's feed..
I made 3 standered!
Just used some wood, pvc pipes, and I just put foam that goes around pipes around the pvc just for some cusion my horse hits it.
Than I just spray painted it. It was only 14-16 dollors each!
They work great!
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