Surviving the credit crunch is difficult enough, but when you have
horses and ponies which rely on you for food, shelter and medical
attention, every little bit helps.
It’s a sad fact that many horses and ponies are given up
or abandoned every week, as owners struggle to cope with the current
Sara Tuppen from the Horse Refuge in Wittersham Kent, knows all
about looking after horses when money is scarce, having to rely
solely on donations to keep over 40 rescued horses in good health.
She believes there are a few points which could help make owning
a horse on a budget a little easier:
1. Many horses can live quite happily outside for most of the
year, as long as there’s food, water and shelter available.
If this is a suitable option for your horse, it could reduce the
cost of stabling considerably.
2. Removing shoes is an easy way to keep costs down. If not ridden
regularly, or on rocky ground, many horses will not need shoes.
3. Sharing your horse is a great way to cut (even halve!) costs,
and provides a cheaper introduction to horse ownership for someone
4. In many cases you can get free stabling and occasionally hay
and bedding in return for chores. Mucking out, grooming, maintenance
etc. are all jobs which could save you money for a little hard
5. Vets bills are an unknown factor but still have to be considered.
If money’s a little tight, you may find a lot of Vets will
allow you to spread the cost, and pay in instalments.
6. Many people can make lifestyle changes! It’s not all
about finding ways to keep your horse more cheaply, see if you
can do it for yourself!
7. Wherever possible, horse owners can often club together to
buy feed and bedding in bulk, reducing the overall price and passing
on savings to all.
8. As a last resort, you can look into getting your horse a foster
home, even as a companion.
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