Is the economy threatening to abolish the relationship between you and your horse?

Is the economy threatening to abolish the relationship between you and your horse, simply because the cost of feeding, boarding and caring for your horse has become more than you can afford? 
 
We don’t want to sacrifice the quality of care or well-being of our animals. However, caring for a horse is not an inexpensive endeavor by any stretch of the imagination. We all need to ride out this struggling economy, while trying to keep our sanity intact; yet how do we do that without compromising our standards.

 “Sell the cow, buy the sheep, but never be without the horse.”  ~Irish Proverb 

Affordability has become an issue for many in the horse industry, as our economy has continued on its windy path towards recovery. One of the biggest questions on many people’s minds is how to make necessary and appropriate changes in how we spend our money, while trying to maintain the best level of care possible.

 We recently came across a post from Mosquito on PonyBox.com that we found interesting and resourceful, and hope you’ll find a few tips here you can use: 

The Top Ten Ways to Save Money with your Horse: 

  • Cut out supplements (including oils and powders).
  • Repair items that break, rather than purchase them new.
  • Buy used.
  • Do group lessons.
  • Bargain or ask for discounts.
  • Insure your investment, vet bills can add up quickly.
  • Show less and find alternative places to ride.
  • Sell your trailer and rent one, or share one.
  • Sell what you don’t need.
  • Work or trade your time for things you need.

To read the entire article, visit: Ponybox.com.

According to Katherine Blocksdorf, horse owner and writer for About.com, “The one thing you should never skimp on for your horse is high quality hay. Hay is least expensive in summer. Buy off the field, loading your own hay during hay season or have it delivered, but always buy the best. You’ll pay top price for delivered hay in the middle of winter.”

“There’s nothin’ in life that’s worth doin’, if it can’t be done from a horse.”  ~Red Stegall

With a little creativity, you can find other ways to make your horse dollars stretch a little further. Save money by learning to do a few things yourself, such as trimming your horse’s feet, de-worming, or cleaning your own horse stalls. Bartering is another great way to save money. If you have a local tack store you love, you might want to talk to them about giving you a discount for referring others. This can be a real win-win for both parties.

If you have any other money-saving ideas or tips, please share them with us! We value your feedback.

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