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post #1 of 15 Old 07-02-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Money saving ideas

As you all know, owning horses isnt the cheapest thing in the world. We all have some money saving tips, care to share?
I know I have some floating around in my head that I just can't think of at the moment.

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-02-2013, 10:53 PM
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I buy used whenever I can. Sometimes it's hard with how big Aires is (draft-size halters and bridles, warmblood-size boots, longer reins, etc) and living in an area where draft horses aren't common at all, but for someone with a normal-sized horse, it'd be a snap.

I also use Orvus, which is a livestock shampoo, for bathing. $28 for a big tub that lasts FOREVER, and it takes even tough stains out (having a black and white pinto makes one conscious of such things lol).

I use apple cider vinegar mixed with water for a very effective, cheap alternative to fly spray (even worked on my Arab/NSH gelding who was allergic to flies).

eBay is a great resource, too, especially for things like halters, bridles, boots, etc.
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-02-2013, 11:47 PM
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I second eBay. It is my best friend. Also, if you have any near you, auctions. Auctions have lots of used or even new items for a very discounted price! I bought a lot of 5 saddle pads for 8 dollars!
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auctions are the best tjings ever. ;)

I got huge tubs of supplements for dirt cheap the one before last.

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post #5 of 15 Old 07-03-2013, 02:16 AM
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Instead of buying my stuff from a farm supply store or tack shop I order from Valley Vet, United Vet, or Country Supply. I'm talking mainly topicals, meds., fly spray, etc... Been doing this horse thing long enough that I know what I like to keep on hand and I'll order enough to last me at least a year so I always meet the free shipping requirements. In fact just got in my last order today. It was like Christmas in July.LOL
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-03-2013, 07:05 PM
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Apple Cider Vinegar is also great sprayed onto the hooves for thrush. And mane/coat/tail for shine and cleaning. And after bathing to help restore PH (at least I heard that somewehere). And I have heard it is great for wounds. And I have heard it is great for bringing down inflammation. And it can be added into water before you go on a horsey trip so that when you get to the new horsey spot the ACV will mask the strange smell/taste. And it is a great natural bacteria killer. And added to feed it can help calm down horses. And added to feed it can help allergies. Anything else?

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post #7 of 15 Old 07-03-2013, 07:29 PM
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Before you buy a piece of equipment to try on your horse, see if you can borrow it first. Then be willing to lend some of your things out, too.

When you have a vet out for something, ask about a worming regime - what to use when in rotation. Then do it yourself.
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Sell the horse!
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post #9 of 15 Old 07-04-2013, 02:13 PM
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I've wondered how a "used supply auction" would work in various places. Perhaps for those who board, they can ask their BOs if there can be an annual "tack trade" where boarders can sell or trade their gently used products that they no longer need (with half used meds and such not included).
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post #10 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 03:51 AM
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, and it takes even tough stains out (having a black and white pinto makes one conscious of such things lol).
Another good thing for manure and grass stains is the green rubbing alcohol from the drug stores, I don't know why just the green and not the clear. But it is super cheap something like .75 cents for a bottle
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