Keeping a Horse on a Budget
We've been working on a small article about keeping horses on a tight budget and I thought it would be a good idea to post it for any suggestions we could add? Any additions are very welcome, and hopefully it could turn into a useful resource :)
That's a good article, I know first hand how to manage with 4 on a budget add to that 2 kids and 5 dogs it's tough but it can be done.
Everything that doesn't go on the basic necessities to live for myself goes on the horses/dogs ie: I don't eat out, I don't go shopping and I don't go to movies or any other type of activity that requires money.
Some tell me "you need to get out" but perhaps it's because they couldn't handle the life I've chosen. I have always had to manage on a little bit of nothing so to me it isn't that big of a deal,they may not get a bag of treats like some do and I don't have flashy tack or expensive saddles but everyone is healthy & happy.
That is helpful, thanks for sharing. And welcome to the Forums!
Thanks for sharing that. I have a tight budget, and I only have 1 horse.
yeah, I really like the article. It's very interesting.
you could talka bout how much the equipment(saddles etc) cost and you could just buy second hand or something...but I think it is really good anyway
Thanks very much for the replies!
I'm hoping any contributions can be added to the article to make it a truly useful resource which can help horse owners manage.
If you have any suggestions please let us know! :)
I'll be overly critical here. It seems that its written for the novice horse owner that doesn't know much about horses...so I have to jump on #2...removing the shoes. To me that reads "take those shoes off and turn him out in the pasture...he'll be fine!" When you first take off shoes you usually have to trim MORE frequently...which for the first 6-12 months can actually cost MORE than shoes (at least in my area). #3 I think it should read "leasing" instead of "sharing"...sharing implies to me an informal agreement without legal implications which is bad for both parties especially the horse. And I don't think #6 should be on the list but rather a closing argument in your end paragraph. That's overly critical but I used to be a proofreader at a magazine...so I guess you brought it out in me. Good content though...and with the article I would include a smiling picture of your contributor (Sara) with a happy horse beside her.
I would also personally add one for horse insurance...it can cost about $600 a year but can help cover surgeries, colic treatment, etc...and save you thousands in the long run.
that reminds me i have to send in the horse inshurance papers for outlaw and his AQHA paprers.
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