There’s no denying owning horses is not a cheap hobby. Costs in Winter tend to be increased due to extra bedding, feed, hay etc with horses living in more. That said summer can prove costly with no end of fly spray, lotions and potions required! Depending on your yard set up and horses’s lifestyle here are a few of our top tips for saving money throughout the seasons.
- Visit your local “pound store” – you’ll be amazed what you can find there for your grooming kit and at a fraction of the price you would pay at your local tack shop. Look out for vetwrap alternatives, nappy packs for hoof poulticing, baby oil for coat shine, baby shampoo and wet wipes, sponges for bathing etc.
- Share chores with someone on the yard to cut your diesel costs. Perhaps you do turnouts and they do bring ins – saves on time too.
- Invest in some rubber matting for the stable. It’s an expense to start with but soon makes up for it with the savings on bedding costs.
- Visit local second hand tack/ equestrian sales. You’ll be amazed at what you can pick up there. Plus if you have lots of items you don’t use and need to sell this is a great way to do it. The costs of a table tends to be minimal and you could always team up with a friend and do it between you.
- Review your horses hard feed. A lot of horses do well on a forage based diet, less hard feed and a feed balancer to ensure they get their vitamins and minerals. Lots of the top feed companies have nutrition experts so it may well be worth contacting them.
- Some people like to make their own home made fly sprays so have a google and see if you can give this a try…we’ve heard good things about the Avon So Soft Spray!
- Share transport with friends to summer shows and events!
- Plan ahead and buy rugs out of season. For example look for fly rugs in the autumn and winter turnout rugs in the summer. Yes they might be last seasons colours but we seriously doubt your horse will care.
- Keep an eye on the flash supermarket sales. It might surprise you to know that places such as Aldi sell batches of bargain equestrian wear as a special event. When you see it advertised be quick and go get yourself some new riding wear – we’ve heard the stock doesn’t hang around long.
- Join your local equestrian Facebook groups. These are not only a great source of information but often you can pick up second hand bargains, find out about special offers and sell your own unwanted riding equipment.
If you have any valuable top tips be sure to share them with us via email and we’ll happily add them to our blog!