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post #1 of 27 Old 11-12-2019, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Where do you shop for your horse?

I'm very fortunate that where I live I have decent access to multiple stores that sell horse related items and equipment. Within an hour drive I have Tractor Supply, Murdoch's, Big R, and multiple boutique consignment saddle/tack shops, and we have the annual National Western Stock Show and Horse Expo in town where lots of vendors turn out.

I'm curious where most of you find yourself shopping for supplies. Do you just order stuff online or shop FB marketplace and FB groups, or do you have similar situations as me with lots of local retail options? I'm talking everything from grain, to grooming, tools, and tack.
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post #2 of 27 Old 11-12-2019, 05:14 PM
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I have two TSC's that are close by and a few tack stores. Mostly I buy online as I can find things cheaper. I do Smart Pak for most supplements. Feed and hay I get at a local place. It's easy because we just do beet pulp without molasses, so that is pretty readily available anywhere.

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post #3 of 27 Old 11-12-2019, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by therhondamarie View Post
I do Smart Pak for most supplements.
I forgot about Smart Pak. I do know a few people locally who order from there. I end up paying more sometimes by shopping locally, but I really like supporting the brick and mortar stores in hopes that they will stay around a little longer. They also employ some of the youth in the area over the summer which is nice.
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post #4 of 27 Old 11-12-2019, 05:52 PM
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I go to Tractor Supply for my basic supplies like fly spray and grooming supplies, and even that is a little out of the way (don't know why we have so few places around here when it's very populated and full of horses??). There is a local tack shop (the ONLY one semi-nearby) that is quite out of the way that I have visited before but all their prices are easily 2-3x more what I can find elsewhere - nonetheless I really like to visit and just browse since they have a lot of cool stuff there, just for looksies ;) I buy feed at a local feed store because it's the only place around that sells ration balancer, but I really like going there too, super nice people with a great little local horse community built into it. I've had to order online for little things I can't find anywhere near me, like padded halter tubes.
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post #5 of 27 Old 11-12-2019, 11:10 PM
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Shiptons, Tractor Supply, multiple feed stores, and if I want to drive a bit King's Saddlery. Plus several private bit makers and leather workers. I'm also confident enough to shop pawn shops.

It's fun to even window shop here.

But the English type gear is more limited. King's carries some. And it's decent stuff. But I often look online for second hand English tack.

I don't have to feed supplements, so I'm lucky there.
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post #6 of 27 Old 11-13-2019, 12:26 AM
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Most of my feed comes from the closest TSC as they carry Purina feeds and wormers and things.

There is a local feed store closer, but they only carry a few local feeds, and slowly seem to be downsizing on farm animal supplies. Mostly dog stuff and boots.

I will occasionally buy a brush or maybe a bucket from TSC, but most of my stuff has to be ordered online.

There are two English tack shops an hour+ away and one more western shop a little closer but all back roads to get there.

Just easier to order online for tack, blankets, wormers and my riding clothes too.
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post #7 of 27 Old 11-13-2019, 01:10 AM
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Feed-local grain elevator

Hay-local farmers

Items that get used up like fly spray, wormers and medical supplies I order from Valley Vet.

If I need a tack item I go shopping in our tack room. I find stuff in there I swear I've never seen before let alone bought. I think it's a phenomena of having horses for most of your life, marrying someone that also had horses - thus horse stuff, going to lots of auctions over the years, and getting old and forgetful.
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post #8 of 27 Old 11-13-2019, 07:53 AM
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None of those options exist in Canada. We have Greenhawk, but none in my city, strangely enough. There is a "tack" store (but don't go looking for a saddle, they don't have any), and a couple of general livestock feed store. That's it. So mostly I shop online though I get my feed and bedding locally. The used market is pretty good since everyone is forced to buy online and sometimes it arrives and doesn't fit.

I've thought of opening a Greenhawk franchise, but everyone loves the local "tack" store (the one that doesn't sell saddles, or really, much else) and doesn't want them run out of business. I don't want to be the bad guy, but we really need one.
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post #9 of 27 Old 11-13-2019, 10:35 AM
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@Acadianartist , I love greenhawk! I am lucky enough to have one within about 40 minutes and another one in Calgary that I will occasionally go to. I buy my fly spray, blankets, bandages and de-wormer from there as they have some wicked sales on throughout the year. Have you actually looked into the franchise opportunities?

There are a couple used tack stores in my area that I go to quite a bit. I buy most of my riding apparal there (riding pants, bits, headstalls) as they are used and prices are reasonable.

Lately I have found that I have been buying more & more from FB groups though. Bought 2 used 5 star pads, a bridle as well as a saddle online and had great success.

For feed and supplements I just buy from the local Coop. Prices aren't bad and it is convenient, plus I get money back for all my purchases.

Hay I source through local farmers.
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post #10 of 27 Old 11-13-2019, 10:56 AM
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I just remembered a place I went to while visiting Minnesota. Is anyone familiar with the Fleet Farm chain? What a strange place - you can buy saddles and round pen panels at the same place you buy bread and car tires and cat trees and hunting rifles and couches It was like someone decided to combine Walmart, Tractor Supply, and Cabela's, with just as much (if not more) selection as all three. And the place was a MAZE! I think I need a Fleet Farm in Pennsylvania, it would be the only store I'd go to
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