Readers Battle High Gas Prices

Exactly 590 readers of responded to a poll asking, "How have rising gas prices affected your horse activities?"

results of poll on rising gas prices

Results were as follows:

  • I've cut back on my horse-hauling trips: 52.88% (312)
  • I haven't changed anything: 29.66% (175)
  • I've started buying feed/hay in bulk to make fewer trips: 22.37% (132)
  • Horse carpooling. I'm hauling with friends now so we can share costs: 17.97% (106)
  • I'm going to the barn less often: 11.19% (66)
  • Other: 8.47% (50)

(Multiple selections allowed)

Readers shared their ideas for saving gas money in the comments below.

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  • drive less
  • Spend more time at the barn.
  • Wish I could cut corners but I've been combining trips and using coupons as it is.
  • I'm riding my bicycle to and fro the barn, cuts gas use and gets me fitter!
  • Make plans before going to town. sor you get everything in one trip instead of making a trip every t
  • I work out of my home so that cuts down on lots of expenses
  • will not travel as far this year: do more rides closer to home
  • I sold my horse, at great suffering on my part and with deep regret and sold my horse trailer.
  • sold horses
  • I love too much my horse to change my riding
  • go to closer places to trail ride
  • smaller trailer
  • we share our VW TDI (45-55MPG)
  • ONE trip a month to pick up feed, hay & shavings.
  • Two or three day outings rather than one day trips.
  • Even less likely to breed as costs further depress the equine market
  • So far we are staying the same, but if it get's to $5. a gallon ??
  • I started purchasing gas about a month ago when gas was only $2.00 Now it is 3.59
  • Ride a horse
  • I'm constantly looking for ways to cut costs everywhere!!!
  • Stay at the barn all wkend in studio apt. to feed and clean.
  • We don't travel for overnight or weekend trips anymore. We ride trails closer to our home.
  • I will not be attending as many horse show, trail rides, etc., as fuel is too expensive.
  • not attending sales, shows, etc.
  • Plan your trips
  • sale the horses and get out of the hobby til gas prices drop a bunch
  • Do as less traveling as possible.
  • We are looking at moving from producing our own hay to making silage. Also converting to methane.
  • I am able to ride out in the national forest so dont haul often
  • taking lessons via skype from home
  • use my budget money sparingly. but nothing life changing.
  • I ride my horse to the Post Office and store close by. I ride more for recreation too.
  • Carpool to horse related meetings i.e. 4H & Pony Club.
  • I can not affort to go to Dressage shows this year because the cost is just to high
  • Keep vehicles maintained and go only where I need to go.
  • still in cut back mode from the last rise in gas prices
  • I haven't changed yet. I don't show & only go to 1 or 2 yearly events that require hauling.
  • I also pick activities closer to home.
  • Don't roll the truck and trailer, saddle the horses and ride them out from the farm. More casual way
  • Horses are kept and trained at home, saves a lot of money
  • No more weekend camping and driving home for chores twice a day-day rides only
  • stretching out farrier and other providers visits because of increased fees to cover their gas.
  • Don't haul too often anyway
  • More riding from the barn rather than hauling
  • More selective about which events to photo; fewer exhibitors + higher fuel + costs to be there
  • no foxhunting or trail rides don't show anyway
  • have not hauled to my trainer's farm since Thanksgiving! No showing this season.
  • my horses are at home with me. I'm more worried about feed prices going up even more
  • Keep the horsses are home if ossible to stop the commution
  • I was pretty frugal with fuel to begin with
  • The rising prices do not affect me as I do not show and have most feed delivered to my property.
  • grain has affected us,grain has doubled,and with 5 horses,,gas prices keep us home.
  • car pooling to the barn
  • Will be looking for more local events during our summer clinic and show season.
  • We haven't really had trail riding weather, so gas prices haven't "hit home" for us yet
  • Tight budget for horse shows now....
  • Going to ropings that are closer to home and also not paying as high entry fees.
  • I expect my hauling fees to the shows to go up unfortunately.
  • Avoid driving at busy times to shorten engine running time, pool our errands.
  • If it requires gas, we do less of it. Employ fuel-efficient vehicles, trailers & driving habits.
  • horse carpooling, going to mult day rides that are closer to home base
  • Won't be attending all events
  • Riding my horse to the store to save on gas!
  • Trail ride close to home, no long trips.
  • I use my pony and cart for local trips like the library
  • I've cut back on personal spending a little but not horse hauling as of yet.
  • Not driving unless I absolutely have to.
  • I drive "softer" on the high way to maximize fuel economy. I also try to combine trips.
  • buy feed bulk only use truck in emergency ride the horses to where I want to take them .
  • Just bought new trailer/truck, just stick to close local events.
  • probably will get together as a group to go day riding in the Nat Forrest
  • Haven't changed anything--yet
  • selling my truck and horses!
  • all horse activities done on the farm
  • i share the costs of trailering I pay in bulk less trips to the feed mill
  • I'm combining my barn trips with other errands, which I never did before..
  • Just can't go as far & have to make trips count
  • feed more hay/grass less grain & don't spend as much, only what I /horse really need.
  • My horse is at home, so my driving is minimal
  • Will cut back on shows this summer if it stays high or gets higher.
  • No spur of the moment trips to the store
  • Since travel is expensive, I have more time to ride at home! :-)
  • May need to move to a closer, cheaper place that's not as nice as where I am now.
  • doing speed limits or less and servicing truck for bedy mileage performance
  • Can't save much driving a 1 ton diesel no matter where you go. Share gas cost by hauling together.
  • Have a diesel rig so have all but stopped showing, can't afford to travel to the shows
  • Buy in bulk & stop at other needed stores on the same route. Stock up on dog/cat food also
  • not going to haul much this summer ride around house in mountains
  • Too early in the year to say for sure how it will affect ... Just hope it won't get any higher
  • pretty much non existent
  • I've stopped hauling for free. Have to charge friends to share the cost.
  • We planned our little operation to be economical from the beginning.
  • All 3 of our vehicles will pull a trailer - going to get rid of 1 and get something gas economical.
  • It's all a scam and we pay the price. Since when has their been peace in the middle east.
  • I run a rescue, and the cost of fuel is hurting BADLY !!!
  • Less horse shows, less feed store trips, and more trail riding
  • Drive more slowly and brake less often.Make each car/lorry trip multi purpose. Route plan with care.
  • we're not competing as much and didn't purchase new horse as transport cost more than the horse
  • Horse-pooling is the way to go. More fun than going alone, anyways!
  • Going to start driving the horse to the store for shopping to save gas

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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