Money Saving Tips For Horse Owners!
I was thinking a thread for tips on budget savers would be a good idea, tips can be anything related to horses! Thought w could all help each other save some $$! :-)
Here are some tips i will share with you :wink:
- If you want your saddle cloth/anything else clean and free of horse hair, wrap masking tape around your hand (sticky side up) to pick up the hairs, when you pat it
- For shiny hooved rub a cut onion on them daily
- You can make your own hoof oil using stockham tar and veg oil
- Before oiling your saddle, sit it in the sun for a couple hours and it will soak all the oil up more readily
- To clean copper bits and buckles try using tomato sauce
- To clean your bit you can use a tooth brush and toothpaste to help remove stains and grime.
- To clean your bit or stirrup use an earser/rubber
- A cheap TREAT (yes... not regularly) for your horse, you can get, is day old bread from the bakery
- A cheap alternative to hoof black is black shoe polish and then spray over with hair spray (not sure i recommen as i havent tried it..... and dont think i will)
To make a fly spray, use 2 cups veg oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tsp Natural Citronella Oil
(you MUST use natural citronella - CANT be for oil burners etc)
Mix well, shake and spray... just dont use it near their eyes..
Magic mud remover
apply baking soda, water and vinegar.
Mix the baking soda and water into a thick paste, then apply it to the dry mud, spray with water and vinegar mix, and watch it foam up - then just brush the mud away!
Apple cider in a spray bottle as a natural thrush preventative.
Someone on here (forget who) mentioned getting $1 scrubbies from the dollar store and using them for bathtime
Mix 1 jar petroleum jelly with 1/2 bottle tea tree oil. Mix and it creates a natural antiseptic that keeps flies away as well as dirt (on cuts)
I don't really have many others.
Maybe this coud become a Sticky? :smile:
Horse touchy with a sweat scraper after a bath? Just use a length of binder twine held between the hands and drag it along the body. Can't get cheaper than that!
Generic powdered psyllium fiber instead of Sand Clear. Same ingredients, and loads cheaper.
4 oz of bleach, 4 oz of generic gold mouthwash, and 24 oz of water, and you have a great fungicide. I use in a spray bottle, but it can also be sponged on.
1 box of baking soda and 1 carton of iodized salt. Mix together, and you have cheap electrolytes.
Disposable baby diapers and duct tape. Have a variety of medical uses.
Liquid permethrin mixed with apple cider vinegar and water. Fly spray.
Ethnic hair care products are loads cheaper than Show Sheen, and give the same shine.
If you usually use expensive calming or digestive suplements look in the ingredients for what herbs they use like chamomile, nettle, peppermint etc. Brew some herbal tea and bobs your uncle! (or for nettles just go find the nearest weed patch haha)
Keep sanitary pads in your first aid box.
Moistureiser for oiling leather ( not necessarily show quality)
Elastic sircingle and saddle pad make a bareback pad
Baling twine to fix haynets!
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Theres stuff in a blue spray can in the ethnic section at walmart, cant remember war its called, but its a few bucks and works just like show sheen, and doubles as a leave in conditioner for manes and tails, and a detangler.
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My farrier told me to use duct tape and diapers as a soaking boot as well. Put your mix of choice in the diaper, tape it on, and everyone the horse steps on the foot or puts weight on it, it disributes it into to hoof.
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The biggest money saver I've found is ordering online from wholesale stores, rather than a local farm and barn. Also, I bought my water tank used, and built my own lean to, instead of paying for one pre-made or buying new.
To draw out and abscess, I use a feminine napkin, soaked in iodine salt water solution, and then sprinkled in iodine salt. Stick it to the bottom of the foot, wrap in vet wrap and then cover in duct tape. Stays on pretty good, and really only needs to be changed once a day. Its very inexpensive.
I use bag balm/udder balm as a fly repellant for their ears and tummies. A thin layer keeps the flies off and it is cheap. I also use it to cover small wounds, such as scrapes and cuts, after applying an antiseptic.
Also, to save money, I will try almost any generic horse thing (such as shine spray, fly spray, wormer, etc) to save some money. Some actually work better than brand name, and I'll try almost anything once.
I also use regular cheap human brushes (from the dollar store or similar) on their manes and tails. They work just the same but are cheaper.
I schedule vet/farrier visits with the other horse owner on the property, this saves us time and money on farm visit charges.
I've heard of people giving their own shots, but personally I like having the vet do it. I also know of people that trim their own horse's feet, but they know what they are doing, unlike me. :wink:
To keep the water clean in our tank, we put a melaleuca product called Sol-U-Mel in when we fill the tank. It's all natural, you need only a cap full for a good size tank (I have a 100 gallon or so tank), and it keeps the bugs/algae out of it.
Oh and my last money saver, I don't buy gimmicks, such as carrot sticks. They are WAY overpriced. You can use a dressage whip with the end either tied or cut off and it's the same thing as a carrot stick... so I use what I got and that's good enough. The only exception was my rope halter, but I did not buy it through a trainer. I paid 8 dollars online for the same style halter that he wanted 60 bucks for. :shock:
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