Cheap Horse Show Hacks

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  1. spec

    spec Full Member

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    Common gripe: everything with "horse" on the label is 3x more expensive than the same thing made for normal people. I'm a DIYer at heart so I am always looking for ways I could make things instead of buying it.
    Not really a hack per say, but I was tired of wearing "cheap" show clothes since I couldn't afford the nice things, I so got sewing lessons and have started making my own! I am currently finishing up applique work on a vest and want to make a bolero next :rolleyes: I have also been making/fixing my own hay bags for a while since my horses enjoy destroying them, no matter how much money I spend on themo_O they're literally the easiest thing to sew ever, you can find a pattern on SuitAbility.
    I know a person who makes her own tail extensions. Orders the hair from some store in China and does it herself. I'd love to learn how but I feel like I would screw it up.
    Anyone else have things they DIY? Please share to save us all some $$ :D
     
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    mooselady Senior Member

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    I have discovered that I have little talent in the ‘hacking’ department, I have a glue gun, and sparkly things, but the results are often less than impressive.

    My favourite hack is to join Facebook groups and buy nice stuff for cheap.

    My favourite shirt $30 used, and brand new denim boot cut breeches $79 greatly reduced as seconds!

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  3. Mule.girl

    Mule.girl Senior Member

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    The horse hair thing I donot think would be as hard as you think but if it is not real hair as a lot of wigs for people are not, you would not want to try to flat iron it or heat blow dry it as it would melt, do not ask how I know. :cautious::rofl:

    I use Vaseline for highlighting for halter class, I buy the ethnic hair olive oil spray for a show sheen, I use cattle white show spray instead of the horse white show spray its 3.00 cheaper, I use the blueing shampoos from Walmart for blondes or grey hair instead of the horse kind. I try to never buy at farm store and instead order when their are deals sales etc. Im sure I will be adding to this as I think of it.
     
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    Dream27 Senior Member

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    Making your own fake tail is super easy. @Lopinslow showed me how. Probably saved me $200 from having a custom tail made since my horse's tail is super odd colors (grey and light sorrel). I think there are several threads on similar DIY things floating around.
     
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  5. spec

    spec Full Member

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    Love those colors!!! I'm also on every Facebook group imaginable and have found some gems! Probably saved myself $500 (compared to buying new) just from buying my hat and chaps off facebook.
    I also forgot one! I always keep an eye out for Banana Republic or Express button down shirts at second-hand stores, Poshmark and eBay. In my opinion, they're better quality than the cheap button downs available at the "horse show" stores! :)
     
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    One of my biggest fears is having a tail extension fall out in a class. I guess I just don't trust my craftsmanship! Lol! But would totally be open to learning!! My mare is tail-blessed so I don't have/need an extension, but if I could DIY one for less than $100 I would totally start using one on her.. I love the look of a full tail!
     
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    Lopinslow Senior Member

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    For a standard color (black, sorrel, etc) a pound of hair will only run you around $60. the rest of the needed materials you may even have laying around!
     
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    tlwidener Senior Member

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    Do tell! I think it will cost a small fortune to get the right tail for Lucy. Bay leopard with black legs, but her tail is whitish grayish blackish. A black tail looks ridiculous!
     
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    I'm interested in the fake tail deal :whistle:
     
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    Circle C Senior Member

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    I have a friend that sells tails at very affordable prices so... no need to make them lol
     

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