Many children love horses — they are awe-inspiring creatures. If you are just getting involved with horses, you will learn quickly how much they cost. Because the costs are extravagant, consider tracking down free supplies where possible. There aren't a lot of free options out there, but if you put a buzz out, people may end up finding you. Look for people who are getting out of the industry and be aware of any giveaways in your area.
Browse online. Look at your local online buy-and-sells and see if there are any free listings. Sometimes, people need to make extra room. If you don't see anything, post a listing — never hurts to ask. By adding that you are tracking down supplies for a child's hobby, people may be more compelled to help. Consider saying something like, "I'm looking for a saddle pad. My daughter is getting interested in riding and wants her own pony, but we need some gear. Any help is much appreciated."
Go to local equine swaps. Local organizations like 4-H clubs often host equine swaps as fundraisers. If you are handy with tools, you might be able to get some free horse supplies in exchange for making a saddle stand or helping around the barn. If you stay until the end of the swap, you might even get a few brushes for free.
Stop by exhibition shows. These shows often feature booths with freebies such as feed samples and other products. You should also enter your name in any drawings you see. You may end up with more saddle blankets that you know what to do with.
Enter horse shows. If you place in a horse show, you may win a bridle, halter, brush, grooming kit or other horse-related tidbit. Ask in advance what the prizes are so you aren't disappointed with a first-place ribbon when you were looking to take home some extra goodies.
- Some regions have hay banks where you can collect hay for your horse if you are running out of feed.
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