Owning a horse on a budget; Tips for Riding Activities

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Owning and riding a horse on a budget is certainly possible with some resourcefulness and planning. Prioritizing safety, education, and responsible horsemanship, the aim is to provide a rewarding and financially responsible experience.

In this article, we will look at five do-able steps to help you save money in areas surrounding horseback riding activities.

1. Choosing the Right Saddle at the Right Price

Aside from the horse itself, saddles are often one of the biggest expenses. You can often find cheap saddles that are good quality by shopping around. To comprehend the qualities and market costs of various saddles, do extensive research. Examine nearby tack shops and internet resources to evaluate costs and look for special offers.


One of the most important parts of choosing the correct saddle is making sure it fits. Whether you purchase a saddle with a higher price tag, or a cheaper one, make sure you have a qualified saddle fitter check out its suitability for your horse – and you!

2. Keep the Tack in Good Repair

It may be tempting to leave your bridle after a ride in the rain, or saddle when you’ve been galloping through muddy fields, but it’s important to put safety first and make sure it is well cleaned and maintained. Cleaning your tack after every ride will help keep it in good condition.

Having the right equipment (tack) for horses is one thing, making sure you keep it safe for use is another. Rather than mending bridles and saddles yourself, source a loyal saddler who will be able to fix it properly. In this facet of equestrianism, it is important to strike a balance between thrift and the health and safety of both rider and horse.

3. Instruction on a Budget

Purchasing riding lessons on a tight budget is doable. Look for riding schools in your area that have reasonable fees for group lessons or someone who can share the costs by joining on their horse. Fees may be negotiated with some instructors, particularly if you commit to a longer duration.

Often, instructors and/or trainers will offer to watch a video of you riding and give feedback, rather than attending and charging for the full 30-45 mins.

As an affordable alternative, think about using educational resources and online courses. Using a variety of resources to build a foundation of knowledge can help you become more proficient without having to pay more for expert counsel.

4. Investment in Education

Making the shift from a lighthearted equine enthusiast, to a horse owner, requires serious dedication to welfare of the horse. You can use educational equestrian websites, YouTube, books, and online courses to learn the skills needed to own a horse.

Many of these resources can be found at a local library, or online, free of charge. Without having to depend on expensive expert consultants, you can get a solid grasp of horse care and riding methods. Your riding abilities and confidence will improve as a result of this educational approach, and it will cost you almost nothing.

5. Network with Local Horse Enthusiasts

Attend local horse shows, events, or fairs where you can meet experienced horse owners and riders. Networking can lead to valuable tips, advice, and potentially affordable riding opportunities.

In conclusion, learning to own and ride a horse on a budget requires a methodical and planned approach, but it is possible. Make responsible decisions and prioritise safety and knowledge. You can take advantage of the world of equestrian riding and ownership without jeopardizing your financial security by carefully controlling your spending and making wise decisions.

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