2017 Miniature Horse World July E-Magazine - Page 18

Money Saving M Horse Show Tips ost of us are on the lookout for ways to save money. And horse showing can be an expensive hobby. Watching every dime can be discouraging but check out some of these great ideas that will help you budget a bit better and may actually add to the fun, horse show experience! n n  amping or bunking in your horse C trailer with a living quarters is far cheaper than staying at a hotel dur- ing overnight events. Bring your own shavings, hay and feed rather than buying from the show at inflated prices. 16 Miniature Horse World J U LY 2 0 17 n n n n  chedule travel and hauling times S when there is less traffic, which saves on gas. Create a packing list to make sure you bring everything you need so you won’t have to buy duplicates at the show grounds. Clearly label all your belongings “so nothing gets tossed in some- one else’s box and potentially lost forever.” Take extremely good care of the tack and show equipment you have. Extend the lifespan of your show clothes, boots and hats by removing them right after your class and storing them in dust n proof containers. The same applies to your horse’s show halter and harness. Wiping off the sweat and show spray residue and neatly stor- ing them away will prolong the life of your quality leather equipment. Host a Tack Swap with other barns and horse owners from your area or at a show. Set up shop for day of swapping your unwanted or outgrown tack, supplies, cloth- ing, etc., for sale at bottom dollar. You’ll be able to unload show clothes you no longer wear and equipment and blankets from horses past while snagging new show outfits, halters, harness and