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 thats 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 cant 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.