Originally Posted by back in the crosby again
Short answer tons.
Also it costs time, lots of time. I have had to turned away jobs and vacations, because I have to spend an hour minimum doing the barn morning and night.
THIS! There was just another thread on costs of ownership. I own my place (literally, paid it off just before my 30th birthday, YAY!) and we own our hay fields & baling equipment, I do my own vaccinations & sheath cleaning, I get free ultrasounds & genetic testing on my mares for exchange of a stud fee to a friend with a stallion station. I figured my yearly cost per horse to be $1774. That's without paying for hay help, showing/hauling costs, equipment (trucks, tractor, trailer, bobcat, baler, etc) maintenance & extra vet bills. Last year, with one injured horse I racked up over 5k in vet bills for him alone. X-rays, ultrasounds, cold laser therapy, chiro, etc, etc, etc.