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How To Be a Horseback Rider On a Budget


Horses are expensive, so riding is a costly hobby. While you need to be prepared to sell out a significant amount of money if you want to be a good rider, there are ways you can cut costs to make the hobby more affordable. Use these three tips to be a great rider on a budget.

Buy Used Equipment
Having the most expensive equipment available doesn't make you a great rider. There is no need to purchase top-of-the-line equipment just because it is a brand name. Used equipment can be just as good as new if it has been well taken care of. Try to find inexpensive horse tack to use for riding. You can also search thrift stores to find great deals on riding clothes.


Borrow a Horse Instead of Buying One
You may think that it makes more sense to buy a horse than to pay to rent one for lessons. If you're always paying for lessons, you won't have much money left. If you buy a horse, however, you have something to show for your money. This might make sense on paper, but in reality, it is much more expensive to own a horse. Not only do you have to pay for every bit of equipment, but you also have to pay vet bills and keep your horse well-maintained. These are significant expenses that far outweigh the cost of a horse. While you may want your own pet to build a relationship with, you can also try to build a bond with the animals you pay to ride.

Barter for Lessons
No one is born knowing how to ride horses. If you want to learn how to ride, yu need to pay for lessons, The more lessons you take each week, the faster you will improve your skills. However, lessons can be expensive and you may not have enough money tp pay for them. Consider bartering barn chores in exchange for lessons. The riding instructor will be happy to have the help while you will have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about your new hobby.

Horseback riding is an expensive hobby. You need to be prepared for that reality, but you can cut costsin several ways to reduce the impact your new favorite sport has on your body. Use these three tips to become a better rider without spending a ton of money.


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