Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Remember that the price of hay fluctuates a little, particularly if there's a shortage (for example, we've had terrible drought this summer, so the hay is going to be in short supply over the winter, therefore upping the cost).
I've always kept at least $1,000 for emergencies as vets can get very expensive very quickly.
Farrier should be done every 4-8 weeks depending on the horse, and the cost varies from farrier to farrier, but so does the quality of work. So you have to find one that does good work for a decent price.
I can't remember your list exactly, but make sure you have
- Shedding blade (doubles as a squeegee when it rains)
- Vetrap for accidents and emergencies
- Rags - you can never have enough
- Buckets (you'll need more than one)
- Rectal thermometer
- Plastic syringe
- Fly spray for summer
- Black permanent marker
- Masking tape (I find it handy to label things in the barn that are mine, or to display portion sizes for feed)
Might also consider a fly mask, cooler, and blankets if you intend on using them, which I strongly suggest, unless the horse has not worn a blanket in the winter previously (there are always good deals on winter blankets this time of year). Also a rain sheet is good for when it's really wet and cold, helps keep them from getting cold, sore backs.
If you don't have tack, factor that in as well.
A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.