There’s no getting around the fact that horses are expensive. They eat a lot, require routine farrier care, and need yearly vet exams.
While you shouldn’t neglect anything of importance when it comes to the care of your horse, there are usually a few areas where you can cut back on your spending.
- Buy used tack and barn equipment when you can
- Buy hay and grain in bulk
- Store your hay correctly to avoid mold
- Sell your horse manure by composting it
- Switch to energy-efficient lighting
- Catch a trailer ride with friends
- Schedule farrier and vet appointments with others in your barn
- Take care of your equipment to make it last
- Wait for tack swaps and clearance sales
- Buy blankets and fly spray on the off season
- Consider leasing instead of buying
- Work off board or lessons
- Download or create a budget program to monitor expenses
- Keep your horse up-to-date on farrier and vet care
- Repair fences and stalls to ensure safety
Budgeting doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does take careful planning. What are some of your favorite money saving tips?
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