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VOLUME 40 NUMBER 4
IS PUBLISHED BY
The Thrifty Horse
I’VE BEEN THAT HORSE
OWNER creeping out to the
barn with a flashlight when
work has kept me at my desk
long after dark, surprising
my sleepy horse. I admit
on numerous occasions to
skimping on grooming and
brushing only the saddle area,
just to squeeze a ride in. And
I’m eternally grateful that no
Pony Club inspector was nearby to shame me. I
know better, really I do.
My desk may be organizationally challenged, but I can whip
out my horse’s Coggins in an instant and have all the necessary
supplies to clean a wound or wrap a hoof on hand. My watch is a
practical Timex, while Beau’s saddle is a finely crafted European
model. My car isn’t new or fancy, but it gets me from point A
to point B—that’s the barn. And Beau never misses a pedicure,
either. As for myself? It’s been a while.
Horse owners are always looking for ways to save time and
money. We want more time to enjoy our horses, and the finances
to have them in our lives, keep them healthy, and follow our
equestrian dreams. We are master budgeters, planners and
creative engineers for those reasons. We save where we can to live
a life with horses.
This spring, we bring you some of our smartest time and
money saving horsekeeping strategies yet, including:
■ 10 vet-approved tips to stay on top of your horse’s health and
wellness, including strategies for lower vet bills.
■ 15 clever ways to make your farm more organized, e;cient
■ How to set yourself up for grooming success so that you can
have a presentable horse in no time flat.*
■ And then there’s the ultimate time and money saver:
sharing a horse. Managing editor Holly and I have both had good
results with this. For advice on making it work, read “Secrets of
Successful Horse Sharing” on pg. 52.
Almost all of these tips are simple and a;ordable to
implement. Give them a try, and let us know your favorites!
—Elizabeth Moyer, ;;;;;;
*Unless he rolls in the mud. Then all bets are o;!
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