You love your horse-showing and wouldn't exchange it for any other hobby. But it's no secret that the budget demands tend to put a strain your pocketbook. As an exhibitor, sometimes you’re faced with situations where you have to juggle the stress of multiple trainers. Sometimes it’s all about making a difficult decision of which of your animals to show on a particular day, when you‘re operating on a budget. Other times, it may be difficult to maintain the cost of showing a single horse. How do you keep the costs down?
1.) Join Forces & Get Creative:
When you go out to a big show in a group, bunk together to save on costs. Think about part time work that can earn you extra money and benefit other horse show goers. For example, you could create horse-show clothing for yourself and fellow horse-show lovers including professionally-colored boots and hats. You could do alterations on the road and day of show! Not for you? The point is-- get creative with making money, and profiting from your passion.
2.) Save Money on Other Horse Services:
Rather than keeping your horse at a trainer, why not haul her to lessons yourself? While she is with you, you can even save more by making use of educational DVD's to teach her some of the skills that you’d otherwise be depending on a trainer to accomplish. At the horse shows, offset your costs by offering mane-braiding services as well.
3.) Earn More with Your Awards
If you don’t mind losing out on some souvenirs, you don’t have to keep your horse-show awards. You can sell them once you get them, or even opt for gas cards whenever those are offered as prizes at shows, to help lower your overhead. Often, it’s more about the experience than the awards anyway.
4.) Replace Your Expensive Horse
Rather than your current younger, and maybe more competitive horse, why not buy an older more-seasoned show horse who requires fewer maintenance costs? Eliminate expensive training sessions this way. For instance, you can start with showmanship and pattern classes before moving to judging, where you’ll have the privilege of being considered a professional and you can avoid competing in costly amateur classes like most breed circuits require.
Do you have other cost saving tips? Please share them in the comments!
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