I read a great article this morning about how to reduce your costs regarding your horse expenses. Here it is: http://bit.ly/zfWYXS
That made me think about what we´re doing to reduce our costs. I think that we´re actually doing quite a lot. Here are some of the things:
We have our horses outside all year round, with shelters that they can walk into whenever they like (they only use them rarely).
My boyfriend studied farrier sciences and learned how to trim hooves, he trims all our horses’ hooves. That really helps keep costs down (especially since some of the rescues needs hoof care every week).
We find it critical to learn as much as you can about horses general wellbeing/health and check them thoroughly every day to look for changes. That helps prevent expensive vet costs (Of course I believe in regularly checkups by a professional as well).
I exercise people’s trail horses and help them with other things around their horses when needed.
The hay prices are ridiculously high right now. We have our horses on pastures but during the winter months we also give them hay. I find it cost effective to give them hay three times a day, instead of one or two. They have time to nibble on grass and vegetation in between meals and are never starving.
Going to a doctor here in California is definitely not like going to a doctor in Sweden. I am perfectly healthy and they run all kinds of tests anyway, like for glucose intolerance? I mean it´s really good that they do a thorough job, I have just never been examined like this before. And chokingly they ask a lot of questions about the parent’s (that would be us) race! That would be classified as racism in Sweden. Not that I mind answering questions (lots and lots and lots…..) and taking all these tests it´s just different to what I am used to. And another interesting thing- they almost didn´t believe that I didn´t take any kind of medicine, just vitamins. They asked me twice and once again when my boyfriend wasn´t present. That was most unusual for them! For me this is like discovering a new world. It feels good to be assured that everything is well with the baby though. The rest doesn´t really matter.