Poll

On The Rise

How have rising gas prices affected your horse activities?
(Check all that apply)

I've cut back on my horse-hauling trips
37%
312
Horse carpooling. I'm hauling with friends now so we can share costs.
13%
106
I've started buying feed/hay in bulk to make fewer trips
16%
132
I'm going to the barn less often
8%
66
I haven't changed anything
21%
175
Other (share your ideas for saving gas money!)
6%
50

Total votes cast: 841

Comments & Write-in Answers

drive less

3/14/2011 9:44:22 PM

Spend more time at the barn.

3/14/2011 3:49:47 PM

Wish I could cut corners but I've been combining trips and using coupons as it is.

3/14/2011 3:26:55 PM

I'm riding my bicycle to and fro the barn, cuts gas use and gets me fitter!

3/14/2011 3:10:00 PM

Make plans before going to town. sor you get everything in one trip instead of making a trip every t

3/14/2011 12:49:32 AM

I work out of my home so that cuts down on lots of expenses

3/13/2011 6:25:10 PM

will not travel as far this year: do more rides closer to home

3/13/2011 3:10:44 PM

I sold my horse, at great suffering on my part and with deep regret and sold my horse trailer.

3/13/2011 2:33:58 PM

sold horses

3/13/2011 1:19:37 PM

I love too much my horse to change my riding

3/12/2011 3:05:13 PM

go to closer places to trail ride

3/12/2011 12:55:03 PM

smaller trailer

3/12/2011 1:52:29 AM

we share our VW TDI (45-55MPG)

3/11/2011 11:08:00 PM

ONE trip a month to pick up feed, hay & shavings.

3/11/2011 2:47:37 PM

Two or three day outings rather than one day trips.

3/11/2011 1:26:17 PM

Even less likely to breed as costs further depress the equine market

3/10/2011 11:02:58 PM

So far we are staying the same, but if it get's to $5. a gallon ??

3/10/2011 5:08:51 PM

I started purchasing gas about a month ago when gas was only $2.00 Now it is 3.59/

3/10/2011 5:05:50 PM

Ride a horse

3/10/2011 4:10:51 PM

I'm constantly looking for ways to cut costs everywhere!!!

3/10/2011 2:47:36 PM

Stay at the barn all wkend in studio apt. to feed and clean.

3/10/2011 2:36:40 PM

We don't travel for overnight or weekend trips anymore. We ride trails closer to our home.

3/10/2011 2:06:15 PM

I will not be attending as many horse show, trail rides, etc., as fuel is too expensive.

3/10/2011 1:41:53 PM

not attending sales, shows, etc.

3/10/2011 1:22:01 PM

Plan your trips

3/10/2011 12:13:54 PM

sale the horses and get out of the hobby til gas prices drop a bunch

3/10/2011 10:43:11 AM

Do as less traveling as possible.

3/10/2011 12:23:30 AM

We are looking at moving from producing our own hay to making silage. Also converting to methane.

3/9/2011 10:12:53 PM

I am able to ride out in the national forest so dont haul often

3/9/2011 9:15:23 PM

taking lessons via skype from home

3/9/2011 8:13:18 PM

use my budget money sparingly. but nothing life changing.

3/9/2011 7:27:17 PM

I ride my horse to the Post Office and store close by. I ride more for recreation too.

3/9/2011 6:35:50 PM

Carpool to horse related meetings i.e. 4H & Pony Club.

3/9/2011 4:42:31 PM

I can not affort to go to Dressage shows this year because the cost is just to high

3/9/2011 3:44:32 PM

Keep vehicles maintained and go only where I need to go.

3/9/2011 3:30:33 PM

still in cut back mode from the last rise in gas prices

3/9/2011 2:51:36 PM

I haven't changed yet. I don't show & only go to 1 or 2 yearly events that require hauling.

3/9/2011 2:51:09 PM

I also pick activities closer to home.

3/9/2011 1:50:32 PM

Don't roll the truck and trailer, saddle the horses and ride them out from the farm. More casual way

3/9/2011 1:43:26 PM

Horses are kept and trained at home, saves a lot of money

3/9/2011 1:21:56 PM

No more weekend camping and driving home for chores twice a day-day rides only

3/9/2011 12:56:18 PM

stretching out farrier and other providers visits because of increased fees to cover their gas.

3/9/2011 12:32:09 PM

Don't haul too often anyway

3/9/2011 12:30:51 PM

More riding from the barn rather than hauling

3/9/2011 12:20:04 PM

More selective about which events to photo; fewer exhibitors + higher fuel + costs to be there

3/9/2011 9:35:02 AM

no foxhunting or trail rides don't show anyway

3/9/2011 8:24:37 AM

have not hauled to my trainer's farm since Thanksgiving! No showing this season.

3/9/2011 8:12:40 AM

my horses are at home with me. I'm more worried about feed prices going up even more

3/9/2011 7:12:36 AM

Keep the horsses are home if ossible to stop the commution

3/9/2011 7:05:06 AM

I was pretty frugal with fuel to begin with

3/9/2011 6:35:00 AM

The rising prices do not affect me as I do not show and have most feed delivered to my property.

3/9/2011 4:10:07 AM

grain has affected us,grain has doubled,and with 5 horses,,gas prices keep us home.

3/9/2011 2:02:21 AM

car pooling to the barn

3/9/2011 1:12:37 AM

Will be looking for more local events during our summer clinic and show season.

3/9/2011 12:32:28 AM

We haven't really had trail riding weather, so gas prices haven't "hit home" for us yet

3/8/2011 11:47:18 PM

Tight budget for horse shows now....

3/8/2011 11:05:32 PM

Going to ropings that are closer to home and also not paying as high entry fees.

3/8/2011 11:05:13 PM

I expect my hauling fees to the shows to go up unfortunately.

3/8/2011 10:58:14 PM

Avoid driving at busy times to shorten engine running time, pool our errands.

3/8/2011 10:57:10 PM

If it requires gas, we do less of it. Employ fuel-efficient vehicles, trailers & driving habits.

3/8/2011 10:11:38 PM

horse carpooling, going to mult day rides that are closer to home base

3/8/2011 10:07:18 PM

Won't be attending all events

3/8/2011 9:37:39 PM

Riding my horse to the store to save on gas!

3/8/2011 8:56:29 PM

Trail ride close to home, no long trips.

3/8/2011 8:18:52 PM

I use my pony and cart for local trips like the library

3/8/2011 7:14:32 PM

I've cut back on personal spending a little but not horse hauling as of yet.

3/8/2011 6:56:12 PM

Not driving unless I absolutely have to.

3/8/2011 6:42:17 PM

I drive "softer" on the high way to maximize fuel economy. I also try to combine trips.

3/8/2011 6:26:59 PM

buy feed bulk only use truck in emergency ride the horses to where I want to take them .

3/8/2011 6:26:10 PM

Just bought new trailer/truck, just stick to close local events.

3/8/2011 6:20:37 PM

probably will get together as a group to go day riding in the Nat Forrest

3/8/2011 6:17:13 PM

Haven't changed anything--yet

3/8/2011 5:50:13 PM

selling my truck and horses!

3/8/2011 5:32:25 PM

all horse activities done on the farm

3/8/2011 5:25:44 PM

i share the costs of trailering I pay in bulk less trips to the feed mill

3/8/2011 5:22:22 PM

I'm combining my barn trips with other errands, which I never did before..

3/8/2011 5:19:42 PM

Just can't go as far & have to make trips count

3/8/2011 5:16:41 PM

feed more hay/grass less grain & don't spend as much, only what I /horse really need.

3/8/2011 5:00:01 PM

My horse is at home, so my driving is minimal

3/8/2011 4:53:01 PM

Will cut back on shows this summer if it stays high or gets higher.

3/8/2011 4:42:37 PM

No spur of the moment trips to the store

3/8/2011 4:31:25 PM

Since travel is expensive, I have more time to ride at home! :-)

3/8/2011 4:27:16 PM

May need to move to a closer, cheaper place that's not as nice as where I am now.

3/8/2011 4:19:52 PM

doing speed limits or less and servicing truck for bedy mileage performance

3/8/2011 3:59:57 PM

Can't save much driving a 1 ton diesel no matter where you go. Share gas cost by hauling together.

3/8/2011 3:49:19 PM

Have a diesel rig so have all but stopped showing, can't afford to travel to the shows

3/8/2011 3:46:37 PM

Buy in bulk & stop at other needed stores on the same route. Stock up on dog/cat food also

3/8/2011 3:45:41 PM

not going to haul much this summer ride around house in mountains

3/8/2011 3:43:08 PM

Too early in the year to say for sure how it will affect ... Just hope it won't get any higher

3/8/2011 3:40:29 PM

pretty much non existent

3/8/2011 3:30:44 PM

I've stopped hauling for free. Have to charge friends to share the cost.

3/8/2011 3:28:38 PM

We planned our little operation to be economical from the beginning.

3/8/2011 3:23:30 PM

All 3 of our vehicles will pull a trailer - going to get rid of 1 and get something gas economical.

3/8/2011 3:12:46 PM

It's all a scam and we pay the price. Since when has their been peace in the middle east.

3/8/2011 3:06:09 PM

I run a rescue, and the cost of fuel is hurting BADLY !!!

3/8/2011 3:00:52 PM

Less horse shows, less feed store trips, and more trail riding

3/8/2011 2:54:50 PM

Drive more slowly and brake less often.Make each car/lorry trip multi purpose. Route plan with care.

3/8/2011 2:50:04 PM

we're not competing as much and didn't purchase new horse as transport cost more than the horse

3/8/2011 2:45:08 PM

Horse-pooling is the way to go. More fun than going alone, anyways!

3/8/2011 10:07:37 AM

Going to start driving the horse to the store for shopping to save gas

3/8/2011 9:59:45 AM