Horse Owner's Money Saving Tips
Here are some top tips to help you save money on the cost of owning a horse.
1 - Free Horse Feed
Most horse’s love fruit and vegetables, which can help to add extra calories to the horse's diet and make the feed more appetizing. Try your horse with:
Visit your local green grocer or supermarket and ask if they throw their veg out once it has passed its display date. If the answer is yes, arrange to collect the fruit and veg on a regular basis. You may have to confirm to the retailer that it is for animal consumption only due to health and safety legislation. As long as the veg is mould free you can use this FREE FOOD to supplement your horse’s diet. Plus your are recycling rather than wasting food!
Always consult an equine nutritionist or vet before changing your horse's diet.
2 - Repair rather than buy
Try repairing torn rugs or holes in your boots rather than buying new. This will save you money on horse rugs and means you get to keep those comfy riding boots that you have worn so much that they have holes in them. Read our guide on how to repair a horse rug.
3 - Free fuel to heat your home
If you have a log burning stove or an open fire, try making fuel bricks out of horse manure! It may sound crazy but its free fuel and is reported not to smell bad when burning! Read our article on using horse manure as free fuel
4 - Maximum turnout
Aim to turn your horse out as much as possible throughout the year. This will depend on the quality of your grazing and how your horse fares outside. If you have decent grazing with good shelter, chuck on some decent rugs and turn your horse out. This will help to keep your bedding costs down and will help reduce mucking out time! However, this can only be cost effective for those horses who fare well outdoors, those who drop weight in the winter may end up costing you more in feed if you turn them out all year.
5 - Find a sharer
If you know of a responsible rider you trust, let them share the pros and cons of caring for a horse. Make sure this person is someone you trust and has experience around horses. You may wish to part loan your horse or simply divide costs as and when they occur. If there is money involved get a contract drawn up for both parties to sign and ensure that your insurance policy covers the horse when someone else is handling or riding.