Most horse owners do not own horses as a business, or with expectations of generating household income from them. Rather, owners are more intent on maximizing the amount of pleasure or involvement per dollar spent. Saving money when it comes to horse ownership is always important, but even more so when the economy is down and people are struggling with everyday bills. Keeping the horse healthy is a very important part of keeping costs down.

Veterinary Care

Veterinary care can be an expensive part of horse ownership, but owners can help keep this cost down. Having a good working relationship with the local veterinarian so he or she understands what the owners can handle will help reduce needed vet visits and aftercare.

Owner learns to bandage wound

Horse owners can sometimes save money by caring for a wound themselves, with veterinary direction.

Caring for leg wounds that require wrapping can be expensive if the vet is involved on a regular basis. With the treating veterinarian’s approval, owners can sometimes save money by caring for the wound with veterinary direction and using quilts and fabric wraps, which can be washed and reused instead of thrown away like adhesive wraps and cotton sheeting.

Work up a management plan with your vet that allows you to do as much as you are comfortable with and have the vet help you gain confidence with new aspects, such as administering prescribed injectibles. If the vet normally comes to your place to work on horses, you might haul the horse to the vet, thereby saving the vet farm call charge.

Fecal Test and Deworming

Internal parasites rob the horse of feed nutrients and are a leading cause of colic. Following a deworming program that cons