and, youll want to get a good farrier, to come every 6 weeks in the summer and every 8 or so in the winter. That would range about 90-160 dollars each visit.
Vet is 2 times a year for shots. About 80-200 dollars
Dentist once a year, about 100 dollars
Emergency vet- any amount and limitless, up to even 25000 or higher depending on the accadent.
Youll want to have your own trailer too, for emergencies
A conpainon for it.
Horses eat about 6 flakes of hay a day, and several quarts of grain twice a day
Most horses require supplments which can be very pricy.
Most horses need real excersize 4-6 times a week, so youll want at least a fenced in ring.
Horses need lots of feild for turnout
You should know how to lounge a horse
You should know at least basic horse care
You should know basic medical care and how to notice injuries.
You should be able to be there at least twice a day to feed the horse.
Youll want to keep the muck (poop) pile far from the barn to keep bugs down in the summer.
Can you tell a dusty or moldy hay bale from a good one?
Can you tell which plants are OK for horses to eat and which ones are poisenous?
Do your parents know about all these expenses?
Horses arnt like a cat or guinea pig where you clean the cage once a week and that's all, they require twice a day care at least, and you never have a day off.
Im at the barn every day, even in snow storms or when its below 10 degrees F. I have to worry in the winter the waterpipes being frozen and not being able to get the horses water. Sometimes the snow is so bad I can't get my car near the barn and I have to part streets away and walk the rest, in freezing snow.
But, im passionate and commited, and Cutter is my number 1 responsibility.