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I suppose I'll go first..

The biggest thing I do is I always turn off the light, and radio before leaving the barn. I mean no horse really needs to listen to the radio all night.

Another thing I'm really interested in doing is solar panels. They are so expensive. D;
 

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Im like you Im huge into saving electricity...not only to save money but for environmental reasons as well.

I also like to reuse things, no old feed container, or bottle doesn't find another use in my barn. Whether it be a toy for the horses (I use old zev bottles, and electrolyte bottles in thier stalls for toys) or as a container for nails, or brushes or what have you.

I also purchase a lot of stuff at our dollar store for the barn. I got some awesome buckets to use to divy up their am feedings where as the small utility buckets at our feed store cost like 10 bucks!

I also have started to go a more natural approach w some of my horses instead of spending huge amounts of $$$ on supplements. For example Baking soda is a great option as a probiotic, and all our horses get garlic as an immune booster, and helps w deterring mosquitoes in summer. This turns out to be much cheaper then paying for brand name supplements that do the samethings
 

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We put a few flower pots outside of our big sliding doors in the summer. When I empty water buckets, instead of pouring it in the wash stall drain or on the ground, I water the flowers with it.

We save empty sawdust bags and use them as trash bags.

Reuse supplement containers. I like them for premeasuring grain for overnight shows, throw it in a couple supp buckets and go. Also for treat containers since mice can't chew through it.

I'll add more later... can't think of anything else right now.
 

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Wow, those are great tips! I never thought of some of them. I will be sure and try to use them.

One thing I'm big in is not using alot of fly spray, during the summer we plant, plants that help naturally ward off flies. Their hasn't been any studies, that i know of, about the effects of fly spray. I just don't like to use all of the toxic chemicals on my horse.
 

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Buy feed, shavings, and hay in BULK.
Label everything so that other people don't use your stuff thus buying less.
The finer the shavings the less you use and it takes less time to clean.
Depending on the area, you can substitute rice hulls or go half and half for bedding.
I use a fish net to sift dirty water buckets.. I won't dump water buckets or troughs unless they are low or really dirty. Saves time and money and less mud.
I try to buy most of my tack and riding clothes on ebay.
When you go to shows.. sign up with the feed dealers like purina. Fill out multiple cards (1 for you, 1 for your husband, sister or what have you.) They send out $10 feed coupons all the time and when they do I usually get like 4. $40 of feed every month or so is really nice!
 

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One thing I'm big in is not using alot of fly spray, during the summer we plant, plants that help naturally ward off flies.
WF...what kinds of plants do you...errr...plant? I know marigolds are good for warding off bugs...do you have any other suggestions because I was thinking of doing that this year to help with the never ending flies! That, fly predators and possibly feed thru fly control (have to do more research on that last point).

Sorry for hijacking but I had to ask. :)
 

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WF...what kinds of plants do you...errr...plant? I know marigolds are good for warding off bugs...do you have any other suggestions because I was thinking of doing that this year to help with the never ending flies! That, fly predators and possibly feed thru fly control (have to do more research on that last point).

Sorry for hijacking but I had to ask. :)
companion plants to ward off pests

It /really/ has helped us out around the barn. The only thing I have the worst time with are the gnats? I think they are called that, they're tiny black flies that bite and make you bleed.
 

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Buy feed, shavings, and hay in BULK.
Label everything so that other people don't use your stuff thus buying less.
The finer the shavings the less you use and it takes less time to clean.
Depending on the area, you can substitute rice hulls or go half and half for bedding.
I use a fish net to sift dirty water buckets.. I won't dump water buckets or troughs unless they are low or really dirty. Saves time and money and less mud.
I try to buy most of my tack and riding clothes on ebay.
When you go to shows.. sign up with the feed dealers like purina. Fill out multiple cards (1 for you, 1 for your husband, sister or what have you.) They send out $10 feed coupons all the time and when they do I usually get like 4. $40 of feed every month or so is really nice!
I've heard this before, but I'm unaware of where I can buy bulk things.
 

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companion plants to ward off pests

It /really/ has helped us out around the barn. The only thing I have the worst time with are the gnats? I think they are called that, they're tiny black flies that bite and make you bleed.
Thanks WF. And this sort of ties in to the plant thing...I use Smart Paks so plan to use the leftover plastic bases to start both my plants for warding off insects as well as the plants for my vegetable garden. They are the perfect size to start seeds.
 

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I was thinking about starting a garden this year, I just don't know if I'll have time. I take a conservation science class in college and it opened my eyes to what we were eating and how bad it is for us. ;x
 

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some things my barn does:

Take a thin older saddle pad fold it in half and place a regular saddle pad on top and now you dont have to wash the thick heavy ones as often.

Buy every thing on sale.

Ebay Dover and other online places where you can get tack.

Turn off the light in the barn when not needed

Fly spray only when needed

show sheen only like when the need it

buy kids leave in conditioners for mane and tale de-tanglers

Cut up carrots, so you have more for each horse

Bathe when only nessicary

Buy in bulk!

thats all i have for now!
 

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instead of buying fly spray in the summer (which can add up) use diluted ACV....and in winter use it on thrush instead of buying expensive chemicals.

ACV can also be used as a join an coat suppliment so you can save alot by just buying a big jug of the stuff lol ACV stands for apple cider vinigar for those who dont know. lol

Also just reuse anything you can! be it buckets or old blankets an such lol
 

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Feed you can buy by the ton (a pallet) for usually a .50 to $1 discount per bag.. 40 bags make a ton so I save $40 every month on feed.

If you go on polocenter.com and there are a few other websites you can go to for a list of hay and shavings suppliers and just call around and ask for prices and bulk prices.

If you don't have alot of horses try to find another barn or group of horse owners and see if yall can buy in bulk together for the discount.. You can find dealers in other states that deliver with better prices if you can buy alot at once.

If you are a boarder you can also co-op with other boarders to buy items like halters, mineral blocks and what not. Horse.com, statelinetack.com and tackwholesale.com are really good buy in bulk sites especially tackwholesale.com. For instances tackwholesale has really cute fleece lined halters that you can buy 5 at a time and they end up being $9 a halter.

All you have to do is ask.. When you go anywhere ask if they have bulk discounts or what they may have coupons for.
 

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I love threads like this :p I don't own a farm, and probably won't for a long time, but I am already planning things in my dream farm for effeciency and cost saving for example: Lots and lots of natural light and windows in the barn to save on using electricity during the day.

I love the idea of the plants to ward off bug pests! I would have never thought of that.

I also like the idea of the fish net to sift through dirty water.

~AL615
 
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