There are no two ways about it – horses can be very expensive. If you look through a horses catalog at all the “products” designed for horses, the dollars add up.
Some items need to be horse specific – like wormer. Do you buy the name brand or the generic?
Feed MUST be horse specific – feed for cows, goats, or other animals can be detrimental for a horse. But what about other items?
Here are some of the general items we keep on hand in our supply cabinet:
- Baby oil – use it for sheath cleaning and general grooming.
- Vaseline – makes a great hoof polish. Keeps the hooves from drying out. Can be used as a barrier from bugs for superficial cuts or scrapes.
- Baby shampoo – gentle, mild, works great on the mane and tail as well as the coat.
- Mouthwash – yes, mouthwash can be used as a liniment, dandruff, and put a little in the water trough to keep bacteria at bay during the summer months.
- Cotton balls – to clean around eyes, muzzle, anywhere you want “soft” cleaning.
- Instant ice packs – for the bumps that require a cold compress. Keep it on with a baby diaper and duct tape.
- Fiber powder with psyllium – to prevent sand colic. Our horses love the orange flavor!
- Toothpaste – great for cleaning bits – and don’t forget the toothbrush to get into the grooves and crevices of your tack.
- Murphy’s oil soap – cleans leather.
- Spray bottles – dollar store variety
- Bleach to disinfect everything – especially the grooming brushes and bucket. You do wash those at least twice a year, right?
- Regular “human” brushes – with our Haflingers the traditional horse combs don’t make it. Human brushes and of course a spray to get rid of the tangles!
- Baby diapers – both the disposable and the cloth. They are absorbent, can be used to wrap a leg or hoof injury and keep salve-type medication from getting dirty.
- Duct tape – don’t forget the duct tape to keep the wraps on!
As you can see, most of the supplies that are used for horses can be purchased at the grocery or local drug store.
How do you save money on horse supplies?