I am going to be moving a 3 of my thoroughbreds (1-1200lb gelding and 2- 1000lb mares) to a friends new barn. She lives very close to me so I am very excited to not have to drive 45 minutes just to go see my babies. However I am not sure what to expect to spend on them per month. My friend is allowing me to keep all 3 of them in stalls, free of charge, but I must buy my own bedding, grain and hay. I also must do the mucking of the stalls once a day, but she will feed.
Now I know most of the expense depends on individual horses, so bare with me here and just see if you can help me. :p
From what I have found, a bale of hale (55-70lbs) costs about $7
The pine shavings cost $5
A bag of grain is $21
I feed 4 scoops of grain a day (gelding gets 1 scoop am and pm. Both mares gets 1/2 am and pm.)
I have no idea how much hay they eat on a daily basis and haven't ever paid much attention to how long the grain lasts.
I also have no idea how much bedding we will go through on a weekly basis.
And do I need to have a salt block in each stall?
Any words of wisdom would be great...last time I had a horse that I was taking care of on my own, my parents were footing the bill