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    08-03-2012, 05:29 PM
Just some things to think about

You will need more than one 5gal bucket for water
You will also have to factor, depending on horse, how many bags of feed you will need per month.

Good luck =]
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    08-03-2012, 06:59 PM
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
- Scissors
- 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.
    08-03-2012, 07:04 PM
I hopfuly want to get a horse not a pony and thank you for the advise gypsygirl,I will need more than one 5gal. Bucket for water,but how much water does a horse need?
And thanks again jake & dai, for the info of looking at different peoples threads, that is a very good idea!And by the way thanks randella!
    08-03-2012, 07:07 PM
[QUOTE=kkwb;1629492]I hopfuly want to get a horse not a pony and thank you for the advise gypsygirl,I will need more than one 5gal. Bucket for water,but how much water does a horse need?
And thanks again jake & dai, for the info of looking at different peoples threads, that is a very good idea!
    08-03-2012, 07:08 PM
It depends on the horse. I have 12 year old 16.2hh TB gelding that drinks up to 4 buckets of water over night in a stall. He has three large water tanks available to him free choice during the day.

A horse should have unlimited access to clean water at all times.
    08-03-2012, 08:59 PM
I am not sure if anyone has said this yet, but board would be a pretty big expense.

Depending on your area, what type of board(full board, self care, pasture etc.) and where, it could cost you practically nothing or several hundred dollars a month. I've boarded my horses at places that were $500-$800 a month just for self care pasture board. Now we don't pay board because they are at our house.

Also, tack. Cheap saddles don't last, normally you pay for what you get. Most decent bridles are about $40-60 and saddles are upwards of $300. Plus saddle pads(plural because you can't have just one lol) are about $80+ if you ride western and want a decent one.

If you haven't been around horses much, I STRONGLY recommend taking lessons from a reputable trainer. Horses are "money eating pigs" as my dad says, so if you like them but haven't been around them much your perspective could change. One of my friends talked about horses non stop for about a month, all he did was say how he wanted "fresians and gypse vanners to show with" until he came to ride with me. I made him do all of the heavy lifting and dirty work, the stuff you HAVE to do when you have horses. He hasn't said a word about horses since haha :)

I hope you don't think I am trying to deter you, horses are amazing animals! But, with horses comes responsibility, time, money, and HARD work! They are extremely rewarding, but expensive and time consuming.
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    08-03-2012, 09:42 PM

That was very helpful randella, I'm thinking of get a saddle horse or a tennesee walking horse!and haileyyy thanks for the tip about boarding I live in Missouri and boarding cost for me is from 300.00 to 400.00! And I am thinking of getting a english saddle for my horse (I am not thinking about competing or riding in shows I just want a pleasure horse)
I have been with horses for 4 years and my parents think that I'm ready for my own horse!
    08-03-2012, 10:33 PM
If you want a nice saddle relatively cheap, check on eBay, Craigslist, local Newspapers, or tack shops for used saddles. They are already broken in and a fraction of the price!

I am glad you aren't jumping into this without any horse knowledge, I have seen too many horses or people get hurt/ruined. But, you seem to be going in the right direction :)

I've never ridden a gaited horse while it gaited, but I did have the first 5 or so rides on my aunts TWH mare(walking only, working on the basics). They are a fantastic breed, and every one I have met has been really laid back! Definitely a good choice for a first horse!

Good luck on finding a horse! Keep us updated on your search, and be sure to post a lot of pictures when you find "the one"! :)
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    08-04-2012, 02:42 AM
What's not that expensive about horses is the one time costs. I'm talking saddle, brushes, pads, buckets, etc. They last a long time and don't have to be replaced very often.

What will eat you alive is the recurring costs. This includes things like feed, farrier, boarding and vet bills. Then, depending on what you do with your horse you have to consider fuel for transport, show class fees, trailer for transport and a rig to pull with.

These recurring cost can be modulated by having your own land to keep a horse on and putting up you own hay.

Basically it comes down to your families personal situation (land) and what you want to do with your horse. With your own land and cheap hay it can be as little as ~$500/yr and the sky is the limit on the upper range. Most people probably spend in the $4000-$7000/yr on their horses.
    08-04-2012, 09:36 AM
Someone in a drought stricken area was horrified when her barn gave notice that the board will triple because of hay costs. It was having to be trucked in from other states.

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