Connect with us

Horse Racing

10 Tips to Look After Race Horses for Less



Looking after Race horse

Looking after race horses and managing their expenses can be a challenge, given the cost of everything from power and fuel to haylage wrap are continually increasing.

Here are 10 tips to look after your race horses for less, based on the information provided:

  • Organize communal visits and ask for discounts: Some veterinary practices offer free yard visits on specific days for routine tasks such as vaccinations, teeth checks, and assessments]. By teaming up with other owners for routine appointments, you can save a considerable amount of money.
  • Sell unused tack and equipment: If you have tack and equipment you no longer need, you can sell it online or through your local tack shop to earn some extra cash
  • Share equipment: For items you only use occasionally, like lunging equipment or a massage pad, consider sharing with friends or fellow horse owners to save on cost.
  • Buy in bulk: Purchasing hay, bedding, and wormers in bulk, ideally directly from a local farmer, can lead to significant savings[1]. It’s important to worm count first to ensure your horse actually requires de-worming.
  • Opt for group lessons: By having shared or group lessons, you can keep training costs down. A riding ‘buddy’ can also provide helpful feedback and support in between training sessions.
  • Share transport costs: Coordinating with fellow horse owners can help to reduce transportation costs to training or competition venues according to
  • Buy essentials off-peak: Stock up on essentials like hay and bedding during off-peak times when prices are typically lower. Be sure to inspect the quality of the forage before buying.
  • Keep your horse’s health in check: Avoid delaying routine health check-ups, teeth checks, and farrier visits. Delaying these appointments might result in higher costs later due to increased health issues
  • Use discounted vet services: Some veterinary practices offer discounts for booking in advance, on certain days, or for visits with a minimum number of horses. Also, save on multiple call-out fees by grouping procedures such as annual vaccinations and dental check-ups at the same time].
  • Avoid unnecessary feed or supplements: Feed your horse according to its needs and the time of year, but make sure you’re not spending money on unnecessary feed or supplements. You can consult with your vet or an equine nutritionist to ensure that your horse is receiving a balanced diet without the need for extra supplements.
  • Totes are a great way to store feed and also water for horses or any animals and can be picked up and modified for use quite easily for use with horses. Click here to find totes for sale.


Remember, while these tips can help to manage costs, it’s important not to compromise on your horse’s care or welfare. Always prioritize their health and well-being above cost-saving measures.



Copyright © 2019 Sporting Ferret | All Rights Reserved