this might sound rude to ask, but how do you afford that?
By working! I think I'm in about the same boat as fourtwentyam. Let's see!
600/mo at home * 7 months at home = $4200
775/mo at trainers * 5 mos at trainers = $3900
Feed 2 bags/mo * $30/bag * 12 mos = $720
Injections (Legend and Adequan once/mo) = $1800
Four vet exams/year = $600
Teeth, coggins, worming and vaccinations = $500
Farrier 9 times/year = $900
Clipping, grooming, etc = $200
At home, one clinic every 6 weeks for 7 months = $1400
At trainers 5 lessons/week for 5 months = $7000
Clinics and Symposiums (approx 4/year at $500 each) = $2000
Trailering fees ($400/clinic not including gas) = $3500
Approx $500/show and 4-5 shows/ year = $2250
Trailering fees = $1800
Coaching fees approx 200 a show = $900
So not including gas and miscellaneous expenses like tack and equipment our total is: $31,670 per year for one horse
Considering that our other horse doesn't go for training and goeas to fewer shows, he'd be around $20,000 per year.
Sweet that's way less than I thought lol.