Keeping a horse is a fun and rewarding experience that will benefit animal lovers of all kinds! Of course, as a horse owner, it’s important to ensure your horse is getting consistent, quality care to keep them happy and healthy.
After factoring in food, satisfactory housing, boarding and cleaning supplies, veterinary bills, and the other regular costs required for horse ownership, it can add up to be a rather expensive endeavor. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it though! If you do your research and budget wisely, you can fulfill your dream of owning a horse without breaking the bank!
1.) Determine what your horse really needs in their diet.
It can be tempting to want to spoil your horse with high-end nutrition formulas, concentrates, and fancy supplements, but in all likelihood, they don’t truly need them. Unless your vet specifies that your horse needs to be on a special diet, they’ll do just as well on simple, generic food as they will on more expensive brands.
2.) Buy your hay in the summer.
Under no circumstances should you sacrifice quality in search of a better deal when it comes to your horse’s diet. That doesn’t mean you can’t be smart about it though! Hay is least expensive in the summer when supply is up. Stock up then so you’re not paying top dollar come winter.
3.) Invest in your own boarding structure.
You may be intimidated by the initial cost of a portable horse barn or stable for your property, but you’ll end up spending considerably less money in the long run. Caring for your horse at your own home will also allow you to better monitor the use of their food and supplies. Not to mention the money you’ll save on the fuel it would take to constantly travel back and forth!
4.) Get your supplies used.
One of the best ways to save money in any circumstance is to buy on consignment whenever you can! Shop around for used tack and other accessories that are still in good condition—just don’t buy a used helmet. Wait for end of season sales and take the time to comparison shop for the larger expenses on your priority list.
Bridge the gap between affordability and optimum comfort for your horse’s boarding needs with a prefab or custom building from Deer Creek Structures! We offer a top-quality collection of horse barns, aisle barns, and run-in sheds to meet your horses needs and your budget. Contact us to learn more about how we can help find the perfect shelter for your horse and your bank account!