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post #21 of 38 Old 08-04-2012, 10:46 AM
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Based on current prices in my area, this an average of the monthly cost for 1 horse:

20# hay per day $60
6# mid-range concentrate feed $50
Trimming $25-40 depending on farrier
Shoeing $40-60 depending on how often ($80 dollars for a set of shoes. Per month cost is based on 8 or 6 week schedule)

Less frequent costs:

Deworming $2-65 depending on product (most don't go over $15, high end is for a Power Pac)
Well horse visit $50
Coggins $40
Health certificate $25
Vaccinations $60 (EEE, WEE, WNV, rhino, flu, tetanus)
Float $70

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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post #22 of 38 Old 08-04-2012, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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thanks haileyyy!
I will look on ebay for a used english saddle.
jake & dai, do you mean that you pay 4.75 per bag of bedding?
if you could tell me that would be great!
thanks again haileyyy& jake & dai,
is anyone from missouri that could tell me about prices they have to pay for their horse?D
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post #23 of 38 Old 08-04-2012, 03:45 PM
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Yes I do. But I'm in New Jersey so the price may be different in Missouri. :)
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post #24 of 38 Old 08-04-2012, 04:23 PM
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Have you considered leasing a horse first to consider whether ownership is right for you?
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post #25 of 38 Old 08-04-2012, 05:10 PM
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Welcome to the forum! And congrats on the first horse. Honestly, my first horse was a surprise by my non-horsey mother so all I had was a brush, a hoof pick, water bucket and one bag of feed (BIG SIGH!). Thankfully I've learned a ton since then and here's a complete list of what I believe everyone should get before buying a new horse--especially their first horse! ;)

Let's start out with a grooming kit...

-Grooming Bag/Tote or Bucket
-Jelly Curry Comb, Rubber Curry Comb and a Metal Curry Comb
-Stiff Brush
-Body Brush
-Soft Brush
-Face Brush
-Hoof Pick (Get two! In case you lose one)
-Eye Drops (Get eye drops made for horses!)
-Hoof Dressing like Rain Maker
-Wash Clothes (Get 14 and wash weekly)

Tack: Hold off on any riding equipment until you have your horse. You want to make sure everything fits your horse perfectly!

-Halter (Get a nylon and a rope halter)
-Lead Rope (Get one for each halter)
-Splint & Bell Boots
-Lunge Line
-Lunge Whip or Carrot Stick (both if you'd like)

Get any necessarily feed and supplements before buying your horse. Depending on the age, senior? Junior? Alfalfa pellets? Cubes? Oils, etc. If I were you I'd get atleast 1 month's worth of hay prior to bringing him/her home.

Also get one tube of wormer in advance and stock up on a few extra salt blocks.

One thing to remember is you will want to save up for annual shots, vet checks and teeth floating and of course the occasional emergency visit/lameness exam.

Farrier needs be be done every 4-8 weeks, but a general 'rule' is every 6 weeks. Trimming and keeping the horse barefoot will be cheaper if you take care of their hooves properly, but most people get shoes which is more expensive depending on what your horse needs.

These are just the basics and I hope it helps you! :)
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post #26 of 38 Old 08-04-2012, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Canterklutz View Post
Have you considered leasing a horse first to consider whether ownership is right for you?

I really, really, REALLY strongly reccommend this.

First off, you will have the horse's real owner to help you out in care, to get you started. You'll also have that help if something really big happens (health)!!
Also, it costs less to lease a horse, and won't be quite as big of a jump into a money pit as just buying a horse.
Also, do keep in mind that some people simply don't fit really well with horse ownership. Especially if you aren't looking to show, you might find that you simply love taking lessons, going to summer camp, doing all those amazing fun thins, but just simply don't like owning. Maybe something about it just doesn't feel right. And that doesn't mean you love horses any less! Different strokes from different folks, is all :)
And in all reality, 4 years isn't really very long in the horse world, though it is something to be proud of :) So if you do decide that lessons and summer camps are your fancy, Leasing gives you the option to go that way, instead of having to go through the troubling toll of selling your horse and all his belongings.

Do consider leasing!! It's just owning, but with a backup!! :)

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post #27 of 38 Old 08-04-2012, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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I have gone to summer camps for four years and I still want more like owning my own horse and I still want to own my own horse because it will teach me to be responsible for my own things and ever since I went to horse camp I've always wanted my own horse and I made a list about how mush things cost for a horse you can read that on page 2 I think?
I will tell my parents about the idea of leasing a horse first , do you know anybody from st. louis how have been wanting to lease their horse if so could you let me know first?
thanks xjumperx,
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post #28 of 38 Old 08-05-2012, 01:27 AM
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I highly reccommend leasing first and taking regular lessons. A good place to search for horses available for lease is Craiglist can also help you find horses and riding instructors local to you as well.
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post #29 of 38 Old 08-05-2012, 01:37 AM
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You will benefit more from regular riding lessons first, leading up to leasing and then finally owning a horse. I rode in lessons for 4 years before I leased a horse, and had been riding and leasing for 7 years before I got my own first horse.
Not having my own horse made me a better rider. I rode tons of different horses, got a feel for what being a good rider across the board meant. Different horses respond to different things - the more horses you can ride, the better you will become. Riding different horses will push you out of your comfort zone and push you to become a better rider.
I know many young girls who can poke around on one horse and think they're "all that and a bag of carrots" - put them on a different horse and they fall apart.

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post #30 of 38 Old 08-05-2012, 05:24 AM
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I would recommend leasing first as well. It's like owning but much more cost effective and it's less of a commitment should you decide you want out or if life throws you a curve ball.

If you're boarding, you may want to see what all is included. I board my horse and my barn provides shavings/bedding, feed, buckets, etc. included in my board fee.
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