This has been a hot topic lately around my stable, so I thought I’d put it out there.
I am a bit of a cheapo. HA!
No, I’m not broke or anything. But I am very aware of my costs in the equestrian world, and manage them to the best of my abilities. So below you can read up on a few ways that I’ve saved money in the past, and strive to do so in the future. By doing this it means I can go to horse shows, or splurge when I want to. It’s a balance it is.
1. O herself. I negotiated. Hells yes. In my opinion absolutely everything is negotiable price wise and I personally take great pleasure in getting a good deal.
2. Living accommodations for O. I knew when looking for a horse that he/she MUST be able to live outside majority of the time. The hubs believes it’s the only way to go with horses, and personally I think it helps to keep O’s brain installed. Are there downsides? Yes. But I think O loves it, and for the most part I do too. Price compared to a all year stalled board is a huge perk.
3. Amazing, flexible trainer. She’s not only a rockstar on a horse, but totally gets that we work to pay for the ponies, and treats us with both respect and with awareness of that fact.
4. Farrier. Not that this is an option for everyone, but marrying into a family with a well-known specialty shoer is a good way to go. Got lucky there.
5. eBay.com. During college I lived far from the world of tack shops…and first explored eBay as an option for some new riding clothes. Then I pretty much fell in love. You have to be careful of course, but this site has given me some of my fav riding clothes including TS, Rompf’s, Equine Couture, all at ridiculously good prices.
6. DIY. In life, my hubs and I are the king and queen on do it yourself projects. With equestrian life I use this nifty trait to help pick up the little costs such as clipping, mane pulling, etc. that you can pay for at my stable. If we head to some bigger shows next spring I am hoping to get the thumbs up to braid my own. That stuff is expensive at shows, and I used to be a wicked good braider. Stay tuned for upcoming post on my recent struggles relearn.
7. Mint.com. HIGHLY Recommend this site due to the easy budget set up, and the fantastic app. It keeps my brain in line when I’m off on a tangent staring at gorgeous french saddles and such.
So I realize these traits may fit everyone reading, or no one, but I just thought I’d share how I personally attempt to make this ridiculous expensive sport, a bit more realistic! Please feel free to share any tips you have!