I'm officially a tramp! A ripped rug had been in the field for two years: I dragged it out of the ground and cut off all the buckles and surcingles. They're a blooming fortune on eBay! The material alone costs pounds for a couple of inches!
Went to the stud where my coach trains horses one day. Pile of about a hundred 'ruined' rugs , many perfectly repairable, sitting rotting in a shed. My mum and I are trying to figure out a way to steal them, repair them and give my horse an entire new wardrobe
Go into your local pub and ask if they have any carrot peelings they can give you. Even small pubs usually peel a few carrots for their Sunday roasts and they make a great free treat. They also may have big plastic containers with a handle used to store cooking oil in, they take a bit of time to wash out properly but make excellent water containers.
If you are fortunate to live near a sail makers, ask them if they have any scraps that they can give you to repair rugs with. The ones close to me were a bit hesitant at first, but once I had explained what I wanted them for they gave me full use of their bin!
Something I've noticed a lot of people overlooking is that it is neccesary to thin out the baler twine into smaller strands before using it. At my loan pony's yard they use the thickest baler twine I've ever seen and it drives me nuts! When I'm bored I'll usually stand my one of the tie rings and break stands of it in an attempt to thin it out!