Saving A Hoof-full Of Cash On Horse Ownership:
The hobby of horseback riding and the joy of owning and building a connection with these wonderful animals might be worth more to you than any monetary amount you can possibly put on it. But that doesn’t mean you should be happy with spending more than you need to. Horse ownership and riding will always be costly, but here are a few ways you can at least keep it manageable.
Learn for less
If you’re paying for riding lessons, then you may be able to save a bundle by finding discounts and vouchers. Everything Horse UK regularly posts on Groupon deals and other savings that can help you cut the hourly costs of lessons. You might not always be able to find participating trainers near you, but it is at least worth considering. Of course, this may not be relevant to all riders, but it’s worth considering if you’re still learning.
Get a glut of grub
Out of all the feeds for horses, as shown by the Spruce Pets, you should never skimp on the high-quality hay. However, you may not have to buy as much concentrates if your horse is healthy and happy. Either way, bulk purchasing your foods when they’re in season can ensure that you’re not getting gouged by the prices in winter. For grain feeds, so long as you check the ingredients, you’re not likely to see much difference between name brands and your local mill’s offerings.
Get your gear online
If you buy your horse equipment in store, then you’re likely to be dealing with a significant markup on those prices. Online stores carry well known and trusted brands like Le Mieux at affordable prices, many of them with free delivery, too. Otherwise, when looking at saddles, halters, bridles, blankets and other gear, consider taking a look in the consignment section of your local store. Most horse riding equipment can be reused and repaired happily enough so long as they’re in good condition. Don’t take any chances with your helmet, however.
Care without the costs
If you feel like your vet bills are too high, especially for call outs, then it’s time to look at switching your horse doctor. The same goes with looking for alternative equine dentists. It’s also recommended to schedule your horse’s annual vaccinations and dental checkouts to match other riders at the stables. You may be able to pitch together for the call out charge if you’re lucky.
Save on stabling
You could always move out to the countryside with your horses, but for some people, that’s simply not practical. Other ways to save costs on stabling is to pay for pasture boarding, rather than full board, or to save the costs of electricity by turning off lights in the arena and barn when you’re not using them.
With the tips above, hopefully, you can find a way to fit horseback riding and ownership into your budget a little more sustainably. As costly as it can be, it’s always important to seriously consider buying or renting and stabling another horse.