Poll

Scaling Back

Will you spend more or less on your horse(s) in 2009?

More
23%
334
Less
22%
311
About the same
55%
784

Total votes cast: 1429

Comments & Write-in Answers

I have my own mini-farm now.

1/12/2009 9:13:15 PM

you do not haveto feed prepackaged feeds . check into mixing your own formula at local mils . you c

1/12/2009 7:26:15 PM

buying deworming in bulk

1/12/2009 7:17:56 PM

repair tack rather than buy new!

1/12/2009 7:11:52 PM

They still need all of the care they did before

1/12/2009 7:07:07 PM

Traveling to fewer shows, but feed and vet costs will continue to escalate.

1/12/2009 5:06:14 PM

Unless there are unforseen vet bills.

1/12/2009 4:30:35 PM

On 'managing the mob for meals'...try feed bags, they are inexpensive, less waste no parasites!

1/12/2009 4:02:40 PM

switching from a high priced pelleted feed to oats/barley and basic vit/min supplement

1/12/2009 3:24:00 PM

I now use a motorized manure fork to sift the shavings in my stalls. It saves time and shavings.

1/12/2009 1:17:59 PM

Depends on the NAIS vote. If I am registered w/o consent , NO spending for govt snopes!

1/12/2009 8:06:21 AM

Everything is more expensive!

1/12/2009 2:54:09 AM

yes i will spend more

1/12/2009 2:50:20 AM

more due to increases in cost of grain/hay..goatman

1/11/2009 7:23:29 PM

He will be having cancer treatment again this year.

1/11/2009 4:30:32 PM

growing my own hay and beet pulp in '09. Also working new pastures for better hay and crop.

1/11/2009 2:21:14 PM

planting rye in one of my established pastures has really saved on hay

1/11/2009 2:09:18 PM

sell off some horses

1/11/2009 12:30:13 PM

2 special needs horses, costs never go down :-)

1/11/2009 2:20:21 AM

preventive care as much as possible

1/10/2009 8:15:21 PM

Buy your grain in bulk, you can custom feed and it's much cheeper.

1/10/2009 8:13:00 PM

using 2 good quality supplement instead of 3. No irrigation of the pasture.Feed is enough.

1/10/2009 1:54:43 PM

Husband was laid off 3 years ago, so we started belt tightening then:sold 2 horses and daughter took

1/10/2009 1:45:45 PM

using sawdust from tree cutting companies or private lumber cutter instead of bagged shavings.

1/10/2009 1:30:50 PM

Good hay and pasture

1/10/2009 11:58:37 AM

doing more horse showing with more horses

1/10/2009 11:36:51 AM

toys made from empty milk jugs with treats put inside then hung upside down in paddock or stalls

1/10/2009 7:51:20 AM

food, farrier, health care all increased. No cost-cut tips here.

1/10/2009 3:30:58 AM

NO SHOES JUST REGULAR TRIMS

1/10/2009 2:38:55 AM

I cannot pamper more than he is already

1/9/2009 9:24:14 PM

Buying a trailer. Traveling to endurance rides.

1/9/2009 9:21:10 PM

weigh feed worm and float teeth and keep body scores at 6 or 5

1/9/2009 3:02:25 PM

I won't sacrifice health or fitness to save a buck.

1/9/2009 2:52:32 PM

No luxuries or fancy stuff, but they will be kept the same, all their needs covered.

1/9/2009 2:35:02 PM

buy a hay rack for each stall & paddock

1/9/2009 1:36:33 PM

Instead of supplements from highest quality, I am trying less expensive ones with same ingredients.

1/9/2009 12:02:33 PM

Hay costs???

1/9/2009 11:26:19 AM

don't buy new tack,buy 2nd hand

1/9/2009 8:25:31 AM

Trying to find another

1/9/2009 8:02:57 AM

Will keep looking for ways to cut back without jeopardizing health of my 22 yr.old horse

1/9/2009 1:16:22 AM

send spent ones for slaughter

1/8/2009 11:33:47 PM

blanket your horse so you dont have to feed it as much.

1/8/2009 11:16:35 PM

Doing my hoof trimming and vaccines.

1/8/2009 7:58:41 PM

Ebay!

1/8/2009 7:46:11 PM

Think about if I REALLY need it!

1/8/2009 7:38:37 PM

Use parasite control to get the best use of quality feeds & forage; unshod & trimmed

1/8/2009 7:17:05 PM

An adventure in alpacas has pinched my horse budget

1/8/2009 7:10:25 PM

I have 2 fewer horses, due to a death and an adoption.

1/8/2009 6:59:05 PM

using mats and cutting way back on bedding has greatly helped (and saves time)

1/8/2009 5:19:39 PM

No need for new equipment, barn and fences in excellent repair, presently status quo.

1/8/2009 5:14:45 PM

A little more because I have decided to promote the Nokota Horse and I now have a breeding Stallion.

1/8/2009 4:48:51 PM

Actual horse care isn't something I will economize on. I can save in other areas.

1/8/2009 2:41:59 PM

don't breed!

1/8/2009 2:36:50 PM

4-H & horse club tack sales

1/8/2009 1:54:04 PM

They are my babies. Must have good care.

1/8/2009 1:12:02 PM

have a young one who will need more time

1/8/2009 12:36:15 PM

only because prices are rising so fast

1/8/2009 12:14:53 PM

too many ads slow download goodbye

1/8/2009 12:11:57 PM

Going to an "all-in-one" 250lb barrel pelleted stable mix feed instead of purchasing individual bags

1/8/2009 12:00:06 PM

Sell your old stuff at tack swaps, and buy stuff at tack swaps!

1/8/2009 11:35:51 AM

wants cut costs???? get rid of the horse(s).

1/8/2009 11:33:21 AM

Less money coming in means not trainer or showing this year.

1/8/2009 11:08:19 AM

wash horse with apple cider vinegar for great shine, cheaper than com. products, great bug spray too

1/8/2009 10:14:49 AM

I will probably make do with less for myself to help cover the increase cost of caring for the horse

1/8/2009 10:00:51 AM

use less shavings

1/8/2009 9:41:09 AM

More hay, less or no grain. Do my own vaccines. I'm laid off.

1/8/2009 6:56:55 AM

Horses do not now what the ecomony situations are....

1/8/2009 6:21:00 AM

Everything has gone up in price. From feed to veterinary costs, the list just goes on

1/8/2009 4:27:41 AM

got everything but the man :)

1/8/2009 1:23:15 AM

The hay for the year was double last year.

1/7/2009 9:33:11 PM

I no longer have to pay for shoeing, cuz I do my own trimming, saving atleast $300 a month

1/7/2009 8:24:52 PM

Less shows.

1/7/2009 7:36:13 PM

More barefoot time

1/7/2009 7:01:06 PM

More, of course everything keeps going up in price!

1/7/2009 6:54:35 PM

I have 25 horses and do all my own vet work, farrier work, and cut my own hay. I can't cut back!

1/7/2009 6:10:58 PM

I've sold two of my young horses, reducing my feed costs and labor load.

1/7/2009 5:44:21 PM

Will be spending more on promoting new stallions

1/7/2009 5:34:12 PM

i will have to ship 2 when we move

1/7/2009 5:21:53 PM

Reduce herd

1/7/2009 4:48:27 PM

$$$ hay $$$

1/7/2009 4:48:26 PM

Lucky enough to find a better and less expensive boarding barn.

1/7/2009 4:40:15 PM

Boiled Barley for winterfeed - very low cost for bulk healthy weight maintaining feed

1/7/2009 4:32:12 PM

Pick-up hay from the field while farmer bales--reducing his cost and yours.

1/7/2009 3:41:34 PM

Reduce herds--stop breeding.

1/7/2009 3:38:34 PM

Are you kidding? They always cost more than last year!

1/7/2009 3:32:41 PM

I am spending more because my horse is older and I'm chasing lameness problems.

1/7/2009 3:29:28 PM

I pretty have all that I need except new clippers and a few training DVDs

1/7/2009 2:28:52 PM

sell some horses

1/7/2009 1:52:27 PM

feed only enough hay to keep in good body condition, not any extra for boredom relief

1/7/2009 1:23:05 PM

Cutting back on supplements

1/7/2009 1:06:07 PM

higher hay/feed/tack/stable supply prices

1/7/2009 12:46:42 PM

Selling two of 4, I hope.

1/7/2009 12:33:09 PM

I use less stall shavings now and only put it down in area where most absorbtion is needed.

1/7/2009 12:25:00 PM

I have not bred any of my mares due to the economy. This, alone, will reduce my costs for 2009.

1/7/2009 12:10:29 PM

keep them at home vice vboarding

1/7/2009 11:52:27 AM

Buy only the tack you need LOL

1/7/2009 11:45:59 AM

review the ingredients in supplements and make sure that you're not duplicating

1/7/2009 11:35:25 AM

Purchase deworming packs offered by some suppliers that have the appropriate dewormers for the year.

1/7/2009 11:33:16 AM

Buying good quality, necessary feed and cutting back on frills.

1/7/2009 11:27:51 AM

scaling back but everything costs more, so, about the same

1/7/2009 11:26:18 AM

less, assuming there are no huge colic surgery bills in 09

1/7/2009 11:21:12 AM

They are our responsibility

1/7/2009 11:20:24 AM

Will not be going to as many shows.

1/7/2009 10:59:25 AM

I showed at more 4-H type shows rather than breed shows.

1/7/2009 10:40:32 AM

had shoes pulled for winter, cutting back on supplements

1/7/2009 10:39:06 AM

No choice but to spend more due to cost of feed, hay, bedding, & vet/farrier

1/7/2009 10:34:35 AM

switched to a less expensive grain

1/7/2009 10:22:50 AM

I have two less and I'm doing my own vaccinations

1/7/2009 10:10:20 AM

i plan to do more with my horse this year, showing and lesson-wise, so will cost me more.

1/7/2009 10:04:31 AM

Never pay someone else to do a job you can do yourself

1/7/2009 9:48:47 AM

get out of horses!

1/7/2009 9:40:59 AM

I plan on selling one horse, so hopefully less. Otherwise about the same

1/7/2009 8:45:53 AM

feed once a day, not twice

1/7/2009 8:43:57 AM

give own vaccines, more efficent feeding program

1/7/2009 8:41:35 AM

I'm going to scale back on supplements since I have gone to a better grade of feed.

1/7/2009 8:17:12 AM

The only reason it is more is because everything is costing more to produce feeds..

1/7/2009 7:41:35 AM

Cut back on showing/training expenses.

1/7/2009 7:36:07 AM

Moving to round bales in lieu of square bales of hay

1/7/2009 7:14:44 AM

ROUGH BOARD!

1/7/2009 6:41:35 AM

resolution of acute medical issue that increased costs last year

1/7/2009 3:49:37 AM

one dental visit instead of two, less chiro visits, less showing, do more things myself (training)

1/7/2009 1:40:46 AM

Feed more good grass hay and less feed concentrates (grains, pellets, etc.). It's even better them.

1/7/2009 12:55:24 AM

Horses do not need shoes. Period. check Pete Ramey's site he knows, follow his advice.

1/7/2009 12:55:01 AM

when the feed store has your bran of feed on sale stock up on it.

1/7/2009 12:33:15 AM

I may put together ingredients for senior horse feed as suggested by my friend, much cheaper.

1/7/2009 12:29:10 AM

I vow to ride 1st & do projects 2nd. Of course I'll need to wear blinders on the way to the barn!

1/7/2009 12:21:26 AM

Buy hay by the ton, not the bale. Store it in a hay shed (roof but no sides).

1/6/2009 11:44:33 PM

hay is more expensive this year

1/6/2009 11:12:25 PM

I have been adding pelleted beet pulp to their senior feed at dinner time instead of straight feed.

1/6/2009 11:04:20 PM

He needs Legend injections every six weeks so this will add a little more cost otherwise unless ther

1/6/2009 10:55:42 PM

I'll do what I can afford without compromising the needs of my horse!

1/6/2009 10:42:46 PM

cutting down on number of horses & searching for economical hay alternatives

1/6/2009 10:42:06 PM

Horse with EPM last year, so hope to keep everyone healthy this year. Hay going up rapidly a worry

1/6/2009 10:37:48 PM

HAY IN OUR AREA IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN LAST YEAR

1/6/2009 10:30:42 PM

My mare is 29 so I do more preventative and try to maintain her current health.

1/6/2009 10:23:43 PM

evaluate supplements

1/6/2009 10:18:19 PM

i have more riding goals this year and the babies are growing so have to get them started

1/6/2009 10:09:12 PM

shop sales,buy quality

1/6/2009 9:56:00 PM

moved to a barn with cheaper board

1/6/2009 9:53:04 PM

I cut costs in the non-horse areas of my life....

1/6/2009 9:44:34 PM

Fewer toys, expensive treats. More carrots.

1/6/2009 9:31:33 PM

Hay & feed costs have risen and also farriers.

1/6/2009 9:31:10 PM

1/3 bleach 2/3 water for thrusth control, tea tree oil for white line disease and bad thrush

1/6/2009 9:30:23 PM

Using slow hay feeders to lessen waste and to make the hay last longer.

1/6/2009 9:30:05 PM

I've cut everywhere I can but trying to maintain their quality of care

1/6/2009 9:22:50 PM

lyme disease cured

1/6/2009 9:20:00 PM

Keep it simple!

1/6/2009 9:11:51 PM

I'll try to use what I have instead of buying the latest and greatest.

1/6/2009 8:57:00 PM

stay out of tack shops

1/6/2009 8:52:55 PM

Doing all vaccs except rabies myself,buying feed with friends by the ton.

1/6/2009 8:52:45 PM

spending on training this year

1/6/2009 8:38:49 PM

Don't overfeed; Blanket in winter

1/6/2009 8:34:44 PM

Large round,rubber tub in stall for hay for horse health and no loss of hay in shavings

1/6/2009 8:31:52 PM

We have been buying hay by the semi truck and trailer load - the volume discount.

1/6/2009 8:25:05 PM

I'm going to stay away from my

1/6/2009 8:11:53 PM

because I am cutting my numbers in the herd

1/6/2009 8:02:14 PM

You can earn free Omelene feed at Omelene.com!

1/6/2009 8:01:29 PM

cut back on supplements

1/6/2009 7:59:31 PM

Not going to put horse in training and not going to travel as far for trail rides. Won't be showing

1/6/2009 7:58:27 PM

Buy good hay they will eat. You may get cheap hay, but the food value will be less therefore more ne

1/6/2009 7:56:44 PM

I take my committments seriously and owning a horse is a committment.

1/6/2009 7:54:28 PM

Get botulism shots and feed round hay bales.

1/6/2009 7:52:48 PM

Won't be doing an embryo transplant. That should save a bunch!

1/6/2009 7:50:29 PM

Having scrutinized supplement labels I found a duplication in some vitamins and minerals so I am

1/6/2009 7:45:12 PM

studying supplements extra carefully

1/6/2009 7:42:30 PM

MORE, because costs keep rising!

1/6/2009 7:35:45 PM

I try to take the best care of the horses as I know how to do.

1/6/2009 7:29:10 PM

Mare is bred this winter.

1/6/2009 7:21:38 PM

Omit grain feed and feed only hay

1/6/2009 7:20:30 PM

I shop carefully and am do my own vaccinations.

1/6/2009 7:14:18 PM

I will spend more because of increased prices

1/6/2009 6:55:13 PM

More forage - less concentrates. More trail riding, less showing

1/6/2009 6:52:34 PM

Depends on the costs related to fuel...

1/6/2009 6:48:24 PM

Less on outdoor bedding

1/6/2009 6:42:25 PM

I use $3.00 hay nets to keep hay off the ground for less waste.

1/6/2009 6:29:06 PM

by feeding the best you can afford you actually use less feed and always feed good hay@/or pasture.

1/6/2009 6:29:01 PM

depends on the rising cost of general maintenanc

1/6/2009 6:19:37 PM

I will price hunt, but will not compromise care and feed quality

1/6/2009 6:09:17 PM

They are dependant on me. They will get whatever they need. That is responsible ownership. If some

1/6/2009 5:54:06 PM

I'm giving one horse away to a good home, showing less, no new tack planned

1/6/2009 5:52:02 PM

re use what you currently have

1/6/2009 5:32:40 PM

although I will be buying a new bit & saddle for 1 of them

1/6/2009 5:28:09 PM

Feed good hay and quality feed.

1/6/2009 5:25:17 PM

hayiny season was better last summer and things look good for 2009

1/6/2009 5:23:05 PM

layed off-coastal hay in pasture instead of tiffton rd bales (go to fast)

1/6/2009 5:22:06 PM

I will give up things that I need or want to be sure my horse stays fit

1/6/2009 5:03:34 PM

Got a free-lease on a barn and formed a co-op.

1/6/2009 4:56:22 PM

My anhidrotic horse is going to need AC this summer; going to be expensive.

1/6/2009 4:54:32 PM

I spend on shoeg (1 horse), hay, feed & vet.

1/6/2009 4:51:59 PM

give my own shots. Check into the use of round or large square bales of hay

1/6/2009 4:48:36 PM

the same to care for my horse, less on things for me, lessons, clothes, boots,

1/6/2009 4:41:02 PM

clear out some more pasture

1/6/2009 4:30:44 PM

Feed high Quality feed and hay, you use less in the long run

1/6/2009 4:25:43 PM

Down to 2 horses from 3, otherwise about the same.

1/6/2009 4:24:54 PM

Needed care will be fully provided

1/6/2009 4:19:28 PM

I hope to move my horses to my own property, so I won't have to pay board anymore.

1/6/2009 4:10:57 PM

Plan to reduce number of animals on farm

1/6/2009 4:09:27 PM

I promise to trail ride MORE and horse show less!!

1/6/2009 4:07:06 PM

buying hay in quanity

1/6/2009 4:04:42 PM

Will spend about the same on basic care, less on extras such as showing

1/6/2009 4:03:09 PM

I'm cutting back on the number of supplements that I feed.

1/6/2009 4:01:55 PM

Because everything casts more!

1/6/2009 3:59:31 PM

providing vet care, food costs what it costs

1/6/2009 3:53:04 PM

feed costs keep going up and medical/Rx are necessary for mules' well being and comfort

1/6/2009 3:50:09 PM

Whatever it takes. I've already gotten a part time job to help out! They're mine to take care of!

1/6/2009 3:48:17 PM

about the same to me, unless the cost of food gone up.

1/6/2009 3:47:55 PM

I cut back on horses so my costs should be less

1/6/2009 3:45:52 PM

much more seeing as how I'm going to be breeding my mare for the first time

1/6/2009 3:43:11 PM

I can do without certain things, my animals can't. Therefore, I'll continue to spoil them!

1/6/2009 3:42:02 PM

less for me

1/6/2009 3:37:04 PM

Quality Hay

1/6/2009 3:33:52 PM

analyzing hay, then just supplementing the necessary minerals to diet

1/6/2009 3:31:50 PM

i trade with my equine dentist for spots in my clinics

1/6/2009 3:29:42 PM

Read the labels before you buy. This avoids duplication which is expensive.

1/6/2009 3:28:25 PM

More overall, BUT less per individual horse.

1/6/2009 3:28:22 PM

Keep a cat instead!

1/6/2009 3:27:49 PM

Great deals to be had. Saved $6,000 on a NEW trailer. Now is the time to buy if you saved like me.

1/6/2009 3:27:37 PM

I will spend less on myself as the animals always come first.

1/6/2009 3:25:58 PM

Less horses this year, bought all my desired tack/saddles in 2008.. ALL SET!

1/6/2009 3:25:49 PM

Already spending less, our board went down!

1/6/2009 3:25:29 PM

money is best spent on health maintenance to lessen emergency vet calls

1/6/2009 3:24:58 PM

Old chest freezers make great grain bins

1/6/2009 3:23:23 PM

how can I not with hay and fed double or more what I spesnt in 2007-8??

1/6/2009 3:22:21 PM

Will cut back on non essentials

1/6/2009 3:21:37 PM

Well, hay costs are up, grain costs are up as are farrier, vet etc..who won't be spending more?

1/6/2009 3:18:15 PM

feed only top-quality food.

1/6/2009 3:17:56 PM

less shows and clinics

1/6/2009 3:16:52 PM

Cheaper feed and hay, also sell some of my horses

1/6/2009 3:13:32 PM

switch to hay cubes

1/6/2009 3:13:26 PM

I pay for top care, but I also have one horse in which I can indulge. If I had more, I would reduce

1/6/2009 3:13:22 PM

time for teeth floating.

1/6/2009 3:10:52 PM

I spend on them what needs to be......who else can they count on...

1/6/2009 3:10:36 PM

I run a basic operation and not much has changed. No luxuries to delete.

1/6/2009 3:09:31 PM

Hoping less, because I spent a lot on meds for EPM last year, hopefully he won't be sick this year!

1/6/2009 2:59:52 PM

Planning about the same... unless I lose my job.

1/6/2009 2:58:55 PM

I hope to spend a little less, had lots of vet bills this year.

1/6/2009 2:58:34 PM

herd reduction

1/6/2009 2:52:50 PM

Ask neighbors for leftover carrots & apples, so they don't go to waste.

1/6/2009 2:52:12 PM

I have 5 instead of 3 now -- and since I'm breeding two mares, I expect a lot more expenses in 2009.

1/6/2009 2:43:26 PM

I've become a natural hoof trimmer, order my own shots/wormer

1/6/2009 2:27:19 PM

i'll be spending more..board went up $50 a month.

1/6/2009 11:26:45 AM

Everything costs more......

1/6/2009 10:45:03 AM

After footing the hay bill, not a lot left for frills

1/6/2009 8:49:33 AM

Either have a vet day between ne and Neighbor or do my own shoots, and try to keep my nags barefoot

1/6/2009 8:37:51 AM