When a rug "dies" I cut out some decent bits of the outer fabic & use then to repair rips in other rugs. If you have stuff handy you can repair tiny rips before they tuirn into big rips. Use extra strong thread & sharp embroidery needles.
Dont buy supplements you dont really need....... and dont pay for herbs that are grown in your field and hedgerows. Someone at our yard feeds nettles (that she buys from a herbal company). I cut the many nettles that grown in my horse's field, hang them to dry and feed them to him for nothing.
Or have a go at growing your own herbs. Easier than you think!
An idea I had & it appears to work, use it yourselves if it will help.
Some months ago we had 4 energisers stolen from our paddocks, a damn nuisance & expensive to replace . I replaced mine & sorted out a relatively cheap way to secure it.
I got a steel ammunition box, fitted the energiser into the box & put a hasp & padlock on the lid. I used a lorry isolation switch on the outside to turn it on & off without having to open the box. To secure it to the floor I drilled a hole at either end of the box's base & then screwed the box down using a couple of 'dog anchors' as below link http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DOG-ANCHOR-STAKE-T...1QQcmdZViewItem
Once the box is screwed down it will take considerable leverage/lift to shake it free to steal the energiser. I know there are lockable chests on the market for energisers & batteries but they cost a fortune, mine cost only a few pounds & a little time to make.
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Ooh my fav topic!!
Own brand baby shampoo instead of horsey shampoo, baby oil, wet wipes make good eye/bum wipes etc
Many things like cotton wool rolls cheaper from Chemist not saddlery
Wash rugs that don't need re-proofing in the bath yourself
Stock up on swedes from supermarket end of day reductions, they still keep for ages.
Learn to sew or make a friend who does - lots of things easily repairable instead of throw away, e.g. velcro comes off something.
Do an occasionall reccy shop around for best price/quality straw, hay, shavings etc. don't assume you are still getting a good deal from your current supplier
See something you like in your local tack shop? If you can wait a few days for it, go home and mooch the internet to see if you can get it cheaper
Ebay is amazing!!
Get together with others to buy feed/straw etc in bulk
Look after your things - maintain tack and rugs etc, and if you have a theft problem on a yard a lock and chain is cheaper than constantly replacing things
Visit the pound/cheapo shop for storage boxes, sponges, vaseline, dustpan and brush, cheap small brooms make good yard brooms if you don't have to sweep the whole yard, laundry baskets make good skips
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WOW! you beat me to it! I was about to post those exact same money saving tips! hey you even thought of a few more!
I have no idea how good the quality is but Aldi and Lidl occasionally have exercise and stable bandages, headcollars, rugs and odd things like that at super cheap prices! The big Tesco stores also have riding things. Because of the quality uncertainty I wouldn't buy tack, but a stable bandage surely is just a stable bandage that is going to get bedding stuck in it anyway!
Talking of supermarkets, according to moneysavingexpert.com the dead-and-dying sections get cheaper roughly the same time every day, perfect for picking up apples and carrots!
(Up to 25% off - Up to 50% off - Up to 75% and up)
rubber or eva stable mats--really cuts down on bedding costs and your time for mucking out.
b&q for buckets-98p.
tesco value shampoo, wet wipes as already mentioned.
buy in bulk if you can as the more you order, the cheaper you can get it--bedding and hay etc.
magnitude( equine america) instead of naf magic--works just as well, at a fraction of the cost.
when your haynet snaps, reapir it with bailing twine.
club together with rest of yard for a wheelbarrow fund and share barrows, brooms and forks.
the interent and google--see something you like, google it to see if you can get it cheaper--some fab online stores with low postage costs.
Oh just thought of a good one - club together for vet visits - if you split the visit fees makes quite a bit of diff - we have a board and anyone who's getting the vet out writes on the board the date etc so we can ring the vet and add to their list on that day - somtimes farriers/ physios and dentists do the same and charge less for groups.
Take a cheap block of lard and rub it all over your horses back bone area, and on the heals it will prevent rain scald and mud fever from starting. The heat of your horses body will spread it through the coat.
Just make sure you have lots of warm soapy water come spring!!!!!!!
If your horse is prone to Mud fever, get some nappy rash cream like sudocrem or Tesco's own and slap it on the pink skin as a barrier. It does work in a few days on even stubborn cases, and is a fraction of what you'd pay at the vets
This was someone elses tip from another part of this forum (I've looked at so much of it tonight that I can't remember who or where!) - thin cotton sheet under a cheap quilt with a waterproof lightweight turnout on top. It makes it all easier to wash at home rather than the expensive option of sending out to be washed.