Pinching Pennies

What are you doing to save money on the farm this year?
(Check all that apply)

Downsizing the herd/breeding fewer horses
Reducing energy and gas usage
Repairing/reusing rather than buying new
Going to fewer shows or trail riding local routes

Total votes cast: 2283

Comments & Write-in Answers

helping others find affordable hay by buying in quantities to cut travel

4/7/2008 10:14:27 PM

keeping horses outside as much as possible to cut down on shavings - almost $5 a bag here!

4/7/2008 1:49:26 PM

Nothing horse related. They are what keep us sane!! I'd rather quit taking my meds!

4/7/2008 12:34:55 PM

All of the above!

4/7/2008 11:56:30 AM

Using to less expensive stallions and participating in a regional market vs national

4/7/2008 11:22:32 AM

trying to buy hay that is less than $18.00 a bale

4/6/2008 6:00:24 PM

will cut our pasture for hay

4/6/2008 11:09:00 AM

Downsizing to a smaller property

4/6/2008 7:04:05 AM

losing the hired help and doing more ourselves. Very physically taxing but saves $300.00 a month alo

4/5/2008 7:51:52 PM

fencing in more pasture that we had not been using in previous yrs

4/5/2008 11:24:16 AM

cold starts use more fuel than when your car is warm. try to limit trips to town with just 1trip.

4/5/2008 8:42:37 AM

I'm not years of good practice and care have paid off. Staying on top of repairs is worth it!

4/5/2008 3:04:53 AM

optimizing pasture management so I can start feeding hay later in the season

4/5/2008 12:11:46 AM

Shop 4 best prices online, feed whole food/natural diet, no commerical feeds.

4/4/2008 11:49:50 PM

not taking lessons - competing just for fun this year

4/4/2008 6:25:59 PM

We are not changing anything! Our animals get their needs met before our WANTS are met!

4/4/2008 2:26:33 PM

voting bush out

4/4/2008 12:52:08 PM

Selling tack that doesn't fit or isn't being used.

4/4/2008 11:30:07 AM

Leasing winter pasture instead of buying hay

4/4/2008 10:16:56 AM

Supplementing diet with grass pasture in Spring to cut hay use.

4/4/2008 9:57:16 AM

using homemade covered hay bins & putting out only what will be consumed between feedings.

4/4/2008 8:50:50 AM

Don't take on more months than you can feed!

4/4/2008 8:16:53 AM

doing my own vaccinating, hoof care & rationing the hay.

4/4/2008 7:11:51 AM

Buy all my hay when it is cut and baled. Don't wait to buy in the spring!

4/3/2008 10:14:50 PM

Saving rainwater

4/3/2008 7:44:27 PM

nothing new - I'm always frugal with money without imparing my horses' care.

4/3/2008 6:48:34 PM

being very frugal with shavings use, leaving horses turned out longer

4/3/2008 6:47:09 PM

we are saving the rain water off the roof of hte barn by gutters emptying into the stock tanks

4/3/2008 6:05:45 PM

I have done the opposite...boought another horse and started showing!

4/3/2008 5:17:10 PM

Looking at alternative feeds

4/3/2008 5:06:02 PM

not investing in re-breedings

4/3/2008 4:22:35 PM

I never let my horses go with less

4/3/2008 4:16:08 PM

We use recycled news paper for our bedding.

4/3/2008 1:45:06 PM

The cost of diesal has really impacted our traveling it isn't cost effective to anywhere short time

4/3/2008 12:43:26 PM

only spending $ on absolute necessities.

4/3/2008 11:52:22 AM

Leaving shoes on for a week longer

4/3/2008 11:49:17 AM

We are planting 5 acres of alfalfa. First time in 12 years we will raise our own.

4/3/2008 11:36:53 AM

breaks my heart but I dont see it getting better

4/3/2008 9:32:23 AM

Mowing less and we did not fertiize this year.

4/3/2008 7:07:28 AM

I've put off my plans to start a new horse's career as a trail horse & riding locally instead

4/3/2008 1:20:21 AM

offering lease options on my lesson horses

4/3/2008 12:32:18 AM

Leasing mare!

4/2/2008 11:53:20 PM

Using a forage extender with hay and feeding 3 times a day, so using less feed overall.

4/2/2008 11:08:02 PM

Finding creative ways to earn money with equine skills in alignment with todays economic condition.

4/2/2008 10:25:04 PM

more turnout (on good pasture); less hay

4/2/2008 10:21:03 PM

renewing pastures for better forage

4/2/2008 10:19:13 PM

I'm going without myself, so my horses don't have to.

4/2/2008 9:10:57 PM

Using a hay stretcher to extend the life of my oh so expensive hay

4/2/2008 8:18:34 PM

re-fencing for maximum pasture usage(electric)

4/2/2008 6:56:02 PM

Old chest style freeezers make great grain bins...just add a latch

4/2/2008 5:12:20 PM

Planted a small clover patch and let them in there a few hours a day. This saves on hay costs.

4/2/2008 5:08:18 PM

business as usual

4/2/2008 4:40:47 PM

Increasing the acreage in hay so we buy less and can sell excess

4/2/2008 4:14:56 PM

I am on a fixed income, and theses horses our my hobby's

4/2/2008 3:19:47 PM

Grain is cheaper to feed than hay

4/2/2008 2:38:24 PM

I took on a retired field boarder in a field I wasn't using and it pays for all of my feed and hay!

4/2/2008 2:00:57 PM

shopping around for good hay prices

4/2/2008 12:29:57 PM

We have 3 pleasure horses, so no real"cutbacks" to make. Will pay whatever needed to keep healthy!

4/2/2008 12:24:16 PM

buying hay, bedding, etc in bulk and early

4/2/2008 12:18:30 PM

Won't be reseeding the pastures this year, or hauling horses as often due to gas prices.

4/2/2008 12:08:59 PM

Buying supplies at outlets, auctions

4/2/2008 12:07:23 PM

We have a shortage of shavings so we are researching different types of bedding.

4/2/2008 12:01:24 PM


4/2/2008 11:38:33 AM

Less travel, more work!

4/2/2008 11:29:56 AM

Keeping up on reduced items in the store for care of animals

4/2/2008 11:00:05 AM

Using more round bales of hay than square; more cost effective.

4/2/2008 10:56:55 AM


4/2/2008 10:50:12 AM

dont show, trailer only when nec., buy hay from field

4/2/2008 10:43:33 AM

Comparison shopping for EVERYTHING, driving less, feeding efficiently

4/2/2008 10:36:45 AM

All the above & got permission to graze a neighor's acreage helps her - saves her gas $

4/2/2008 10:36:04 AM

Once two often its been found that whats on the label is not in the tub. so cutting back on supplime

4/2/2008 10:35:00 AM

Planting more pasture to reduce hay purchasing

4/2/2008 9:53:56 AM

NDot buying fly-predators.

4/2/2008 9:45:58 AM

less veggies given to horse now

4/2/2008 9:45:14 AM

feeding beet pulp for better nutrients

4/2/2008 9:40:52 AM

including forage hay to supplement baled hay

4/2/2008 9:39:43 AM

getting people together and buying in bulk for better pricing

4/2/2008 9:29:37 AM

reseeding pasture and improving irrigation to improve grass yield

4/2/2008 9:18:51 AM

Keeping track of amount of hay used season to season. Buying it in bulk before prices go up mid wint

4/2/2008 9:10:27 AM

try to get slaughter plants back in the US

4/2/2008 9:05:03 AM

Nothing - I love spending money!

4/2/2008 9:03:36 AM

Switched horse grain to compatable feed, save $20 a month now

4/2/2008 8:42:23 AM

Rope halers can be hackamores, saddle pads can also be bareback pads, everything can be used!

4/2/2008 8:19:47 AM

hauling with others to split the cost of fuel

4/2/2008 8:18:26 AM

Washing/repairing own blankets, look for spring tack sales

4/2/2008 8:04:46 AM

I buy my hay, so I am going to help hay so I can reduce the out of pocket cost.

4/2/2008 7:38:01 AM

No more hired help-will be doing it all myself now.

4/2/2008 7:21:34 AM

Keep track of what you spend and where.

4/2/2008 7:00:40 AM

D: All of the above, until they open up slaughter houses, get a grip on the unnecessary fuel costs

4/2/2008 6:58:43 AM

Also buying feed in bulk to reduce overall costs.

4/2/2008 2:06:37 AM

I have moved my horses to a stable closer to home and ave more access to nearby trails!

4/2/2008 1:05:33 AM

Shopping around more for supplement and supply prices

4/2/2008 12:43:01 AM

useing less bedding since the horses sleep otside most of the time anyway

4/2/2008 12:40:56 AM

going barefoot the natural trim

4/2/2008 12:21:59 AM

Fertilizing Pastures so to spent less on hay.

4/2/2008 12:08:35 AM

hay prices doubled, cutting the herd by half.

4/1/2008 11:58:14 PM

giving horses away due toi hay and feed prices

4/1/2008 11:45:02 PM

Put it this way, our horses get shoes before we do!

4/1/2008 11:25:17 PM

pick up equipment @ swap meets close out sales online sales & auctions.

4/1/2008 11:15:31 PM

doing more ranch teaching clinics for boarders and not trailering out. Buy larger truck and trailer

4/1/2008 11:10:25 PM

I use shredded paper from our office and local offices for bedding. No dust, free, biodegradable.

4/1/2008 10:50:36 PM

Everyone should be breeding fewer horses!!!

4/1/2008 10:31:56 PM

We have reduced to two horses

4/1/2008 10:14:09 PM

We are selling mares that don't have commercially viable pedigree for racing.

4/1/2008 10:11:59 PM

cut back on non-horse expenses i.e.: Starbucks, also froogle.com for horse supply shopping

4/1/2008 9:55:08 PM

Found another place to keep them over summer w/ more grass, won't have to feed hay year-round.

4/1/2008 9:48:56 PM

Grain and Hay costs going up as are the other services, get out of business?

4/1/2008 9:47:43 PM

Bale my owen hay&mow fresh grass for my horses.The rest I plan to pay lots for;horses are worth it.

4/1/2008 9:46:15 PM

Buying from Horse Catalogs which offer FREE shipping, comparing prices from different catalogs.

4/1/2008 9:45:26 PM

every expense will be questioned

4/1/2008 9:32:56 PM

eliminated blood tests in spring vaccination session. delayed shoeing

4/1/2008 9:32:16 PM

Beetpulp,turning out more-save shavings, buying online only causes stores to raise prices,shop sales

4/1/2008 9:08:40 PM

bale our own hay, make the most of shows & trailriding

4/1/2008 9:00:19 PM

turn horses out 24/7, no bedding, no cleaning labor, rotate pastures, feed no grain,.

4/1/2008 8:59:06 PM

Shoot horses, and eat them.

4/1/2008 8:43:15 PM

REsisting sales pitches to buy tack/supplements/gadgets I don't really need.

4/1/2008 8:35:41 PM

Reducing grains and increasing forage and limiting vaccinations to core only

4/1/2008 8:28:09 PM

Of course we've done al this for yars--don'r kow how much tighter we can squeeze

4/1/2008 8:09:54 PM

Doing our own hay

4/1/2008 8:05:42 PM

NOT participating in 2 horsemanship clinics I had planned to attend before gas prices went crazy!

4/1/2008 8:02:19 PM

nothing--I am going the other way-trying to build the business

4/1/2008 7:43:01 PM

we got on the waiting list for this year's first hay cutting so we are guarenteed to get some

4/1/2008 7:42:01 PM

And put in my order for hay ASAP!!

4/1/2008 7:21:10 PM

Bought an existing building, disassembled it then modified & reassembled it to use for our barn.

4/1/2008 7:15:06 PM

Buying in bulk to save money.

4/1/2008 7:01:37 PM

changing the feeding program, not using the 'name brand' feeds, researching more of what I can feed

4/1/2008 6:52:41 PM

I clallenge myself to reuse things we already have sitting around b4 buying new. It works!

4/1/2008 6:38:45 PM

Buying semi-compressed high quality hay which is more economical to ship and requires less space

4/1/2008 6:30:15 PM

Going to lower tillage for crop input, doing more custom work if possible, find 2 more boarders

4/1/2008 6:26:00 PM

using beet pulp to supplement hay

4/1/2008 6:23:19 PM

We are also feeding less grain and more hay

4/1/2008 6:18:26 PM

Pulled horses shoes for the winter. They were fine.

4/1/2008 6:14:07 PM

I am buying hay in bulk at a cheaper price, and storing it.

4/1/2008 5:49:39 PM

trimming my own horses, doing more work myself, praying for well horses, taking in fewer rescues

4/1/2008 5:49:28 PM

installed automatic waters

4/1/2008 5:46:24 PM

Not stocking up on supplies only buying what is needed now and in near future.

4/1/2008 5:45:11 PM

buying vaccines & giving them myself

4/1/2008 5:41:47 PM

Just getting by with the basics

4/1/2008 5:37:40 PM

Selling a third horse. Wonder what hay will cost with diesel over $4 this summer?

4/1/2008 5:34:40 PM

buying directly from feed mill, Extending hay with grass seed pellets. Sharing hauling expenses

4/1/2008 5:31:18 PM

Trading services: farrier wanted to breed her mare-traded stud fee for shoeing and trims.

4/1/2008 5:07:10 PM

Savings pennies wherever we can because they will add up to dollars.

4/1/2008 5:07:00 PM

Breeding here has stopped; it just seems irresponsible with the surplus of horses today.

4/1/2008 5:02:02 PM

Selling old tack and getting the best price on hay in bulk at the best time of the year to save $$

4/1/2008 4:57:05 PM

buying online with free shipping for supplements

4/1/2008 4:52:02 PM

also putting horses with good grass pasture on a cheaper "allstock" pellet to carry them to spring.

4/1/2008 4:48:57 PM

Worming on a more rigid schedule. Worming is cheaper than feeding.

4/1/2008 4:46:05 PM

Weighing all feed

4/1/2008 4:41:40 PM

selling unused equipment and if needing different equipment, trying to buy used

4/1/2008 4:39:51 PM

Stop feeding grain for the late spring, summer, and early fall months.

4/1/2008 4:22:39 PM

Doing without, shopping for sales, taking the time to find the best deal.

4/1/2008 4:12:51 PM

Save money? You're kidding, right? With the price of hay and grain going through the roof?

4/1/2008 4:09:54 PM

beet pulp is hay in a bucjet for people without pasture and no extra hay in a drought

4/1/2008 4:06:32 PM

Receiving more volunteer help from boarders and students, rather than raising rates.

4/1/2008 4:02:09 PM

Can't afford med for arthritis or any supplements.

4/1/2008 3:58:27 PM

Going to local shows instead of traveling

4/1/2008 3:50:21 PM

being more careful in tha amount of feed they are given

4/1/2008 3:48:26 PM

still breeding, but selling the non reiners, to focus on just reining

4/1/2008 3:47:06 PM

Using "combination" supplements rather than individual ones.

4/1/2008 3:42:08 PM

Taking in more boarders.

4/1/2008 3:37:26 PM

We will do fewer hunter jumper shows this year.

4/1/2008 3:31:46 PM

getting rid o' them horseies

4/1/2008 3:23:44 PM

already sold the farm and all the horses except one, who I now board.

4/1/2008 12:38:17 PM

Moving to closer boarding barn

4/1/2008 10:35:28 AM

Group riding sharing trailers to events.

4/1/2008 10:15:14 AM