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    07-27-2012, 07:15 PM
Vet bills

How much do vet bills for a horse cost in a year (accidents, colic, lameness)?
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    07-27-2012, 07:17 PM
Thats a loaded question that no one person can ever answer...because there is no answer.
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    07-27-2012, 07:25 PM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
Thats a loaded question that no one person can ever answer...because there is no answer.
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I agree with that EVERY single horse, owner and case is different. No one could even give you an estimate for that...
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    07-27-2012, 07:28 PM
Just keep a separate account for money reserved only for vet bills. There can be few, there can be many. Better to be overly prepared than not prepared.
    07-27-2012, 08:48 PM
Green Broke
Ditto the other posters but to take things one step further:

Things can go along yippy-skippy for years and then all of a sudden the shavings rug gets pulled out from under you and you've got more vet bills than what's in the checkbook

I've had horses my entire life. I have had more vet bills since March, on two of my horses, than I'm sure I've had in that entire lifetime.

My 2K - 3K, these past four months, is nothing compared to folks who have hauled a horse to an equine center for colic surgery, eye removal, etc.

Un-planned for expenses are a roll of the dice in horse ownership. Most of the big ones cause the Owner to stand there wide-eyed wondering how in the world did THIS happen?
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    07-27-2012, 08:54 PM
400.00 approx for shots, worming and teeth work to what ever your maximum is to spend before euthanization.
    07-27-2012, 10:02 PM
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I'm up to 2k for this months bills. I have an appt scheduled for next month that is estimated to cost about 1-2k.

When Beauty had her major injury the grand total was $6k (after surgery's, hospital stays, and follow-up visits).

Shots are generally around $100 twice per year per horse (some people only get rabies and coggins).

There is always a farm call visit. Mine is $75 but they can be anywhere from about $30 to $150 depending on how far away your vet is. Then there is usually a $25 to $50 exam fee for the appointment. They will charge you for everything they do. My emergency calls USUALLY run me about $300. Sometimes more, rarely less.

Teeth are done anywhere from once per year to 2 or 3 times depending on the horse. I have one that has a wave mouth, he is done twice a year. That usually costs a couple hundred dollars.

Hope that helps some....
    07-27-2012, 10:40 PM
Green Broke
They can run, not counting regular shots/worming and such, as little as 0, or up into the tens of thousands per horse.

Depends on what you can afford to spend usually.

That may make a hard decision probable someday.
    07-27-2012, 10:44 PM
Me and my boyfriend paid $85 for both our horses first set of shots. But now we have to get our horse teeth done and my horse's wolf teeth pulled I wonder how much that's going to be?
    07-27-2012, 10:46 PM
Oh jeepers...I spend about 840 a year on insurance alone. Throw in about 100 a year for teeth, 500 for excess and small bills and 30 for vaccination (but we're very lucky in Aus, don't have to vaccinate against much because we're surrounded by sea and have very strict quarantine). Throw in 540 for the farrier (and Brock is trimmed not shod so that's less that it could be) and 270 for worming. That totals $2380 a year (unless my maths has failed me) - the vet insurance hopefully saving me from biggies like major surgery.
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