Owning a horse is one of the most thrilling experiences, but it can also be one of the most costly. If you are looking to buy your own horse, but need to stick to a tight budget don’t despair! We have all the information you need to get you and your equine companion together on a shoestring.
Work it out
One of the most expensive outgoings for horse owners is the livery costs, however, there are ways in which you can reduce your livery fee, such as offering your services around the yard to complete menial tasks such as repairs, mucking out, exercising other stable mates, tack cleaning etc. You could also offer your own horse to be used in riding lessons, if he is suitable, in order to obtain a reduced rate or alternatively consider putting your horse out on full grass livery during the summer months to save on stabling and bedding costs.
Be a Sale Searcher
Throughout the year local tack shops and nationwide chains alike will have sales offering all manner of equestrian products at bargain prices. Club together with other members of your yard to buy your wormers, bedding and feed stuffs in bulk ahead of time to stock up and save pounds in the process.
Second Hand Style
Second hand tack shops or swap shop meets are proving increasingly popular with money, smart horse owners who recognise that well maintained tack and equipment can be bought for a fraction of the price. You must ensure that all tack is properly fitted to your horse prior to purchase, but the benefits of second hand tack is that it is already worn in and will be butter soft for you and your horse.
Keep it Local
You can buy all your usual equine supplements such as cider vinegar, oils, garlic and salt much more cheaply at your local shop rather than an equine feed merchant. Again, buying in bulk will reduce costs even more so club together with a few riders from your yard to keep costs down.
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
Small repairs invariably turn into big repairs if you don’t deal with them right away. A ripped rug that got caught in a barb wire fence can be easily sewn together by hand before the hole tears rendering the rug irreparable. Also try to keep on top of repairs in and around the yard such as broken fences, heavy gates, broken stable door panels, loose nails and potholes that can all incur further injury and greater expense. Keep a list of any repairs that have come to your attention and try to work through the list on a weekly basis.