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post #41 of 56 Old 06-13-2009, 06:52 PM
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but alot of people making $20,000 a year can't afford that ... I see too many people get horses not realizing what they really cost ...

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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I added all of Denny's costs together since I bought him in September - so far he's cost me about $9,000.


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post #43 of 56 Old 06-13-2009, 07:21 PM
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but alot of people making $20,000 a year can't afford that ... I see too many people get horses not realizing what they really cost ...
If folks making $20,000 are buying horses, then I agree. If I made that much (which is below what is considered a 'living wage' here), I would be concerned about buying food for myself, and I'm not sure I would even think of having a cat or dog (which aren't cheap to take care of either).

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post #44 of 56 Old 06-13-2009, 07:57 PM
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LOL. I posted before reading this. As you can see, my response is EXACTLY!
I'm glad I'm not the only one who can see that they are no more expensive than other things many people do to entertain themselves. For example my x husband complains about being broke all the time when they make about 60k a year vs my 18k-20k I told him considering you spend 25$ every time you and your family eat out( there are 5 of them) so I know i'ts more than that but anyway I told him 25$ x 2 per day on average x 30 days =1500$ a month!!!!
Seriously do the math compared to the average family & what they spend horses are cheap!

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With the price of horses DOWN like it is I am seeing alot of poverty level people THINKING they can afford a horse ...

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #46 of 56 Old 06-13-2009, 09:56 PM
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With the price of horses DOWN like it is I am seeing alot of poverty level people THINKING they can afford a horse ...
There is no thinking to it I do afford my horses, but I also at the age of 34 had my home paid for, my pick up is paid for and I do not have huge credit card debt like a lot of people do. My kids have everything a kid could want from tv's computers, play stations and horses, we eat well so do the horses, so yes it is possible for us POOR folks to afford horses if you know how to manage money and aren't wasteful in other areas.

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post #47 of 56 Old 06-13-2009, 10:29 PM
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Another thing to consider is costs are going to vary from area to area. There are a lot of people here in Kentucky who are making about $20,000 and still have a horse or two and taking good care of them. Then again, there are some people who are making four or more times that amount who take absolute crappy care of their horses because they also spend money on their house boat, golf, etc.

I've never seen a trim cost $45 around here. $35 for the journeyman, $15 for the Amish and some priced in between. Plus a lot of people around here own a good size chunk of land and can feed their horses all summer on it and even get hay off of it for the winter so their actual feed costs are quite low (I wish I had enough land for that). Teeth? Couple hundred per year? Seriously? We just had teeth floated and it cost us $50 for the float and $18 for the sedative.

I do think a lot of valid points are being made overall. People shouldn't own horses if they can't afford them. However - try not to get ticked at every cheap horse on craigslist you see. Many people who were financially OK previously are loosing their jobs and being faced with hard realities and you don't know how long they may have been trying to find a home for that horse. At least they are trying to find a home for it instead of letting it starve in the back pasture.

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post #48 of 56 Old 06-13-2009, 10:31 PM
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I do disagree, however, that it has to be tremendously expensive. Our stocky Paint mares are can be ridden every day barefoot and live on grass/hay and a cup of grain a day. We give them their shots, wormers, and trim their hooves ourselves
Painty, I agree with you up to the certain point. Not everyone can trim, and it's a big expense. I did it for year myself, but then gave up, because my back just can't handle it. Also vet call, coggins, rabbies, and teeth are pretty expensive here. As well as GOOD hay (I do give little grain too). Sometime I read the prices here on forum on trim and vet and I'm just so jealous!
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post #49 of 56 Old 06-13-2009, 11:22 PM
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my averages here for 3 horses kept at home

teeth yearly $300
Hay Yearly $2100
Grain yearly $480
Hooves yearly $1680
Shots yearly $120
Coggins $75

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Painty, I agree with you up to the certain point. Not everyone can trim, and it's a big expense. I did it for year myself, but then gave up, because my back just can't handle it. Also vet call, coggins, rabbies, and teeth are pretty expensive here. As well as GOOD hay (I do give little grain too). Sometime I read the prices here on forum on trim and vet and I'm just so jealous!
I agree that trimming is hard on the back. I'm 54 and have gone from trimming all 3 mares at the same time to doing one at a time, but I always think of our old English farrier who convinced/taught me...he was still trimming horses in his 70's. It's not difficult work, just hard work (and I have a lot of respect for farriers). BTW, a trim around here is going for $35 these days, and that would be a big expense.

Hay is indeed our biggest cost since we don't have a big place, and the price of that has doubled in the last 4 years.

And vet costs for routine services...don't get me started Our vet will freely admit that what pays the bills are the routine services...e.g. $18/horse for rabies (which you can't do yourself in NC)...yikes! A vial of rabies vaccine costs $2. He'll also freely tell you that the Coggins testing is really just a tax on horses, makes $$s for the state lab and $$s for the vet ($25/horse), and he has never seen a Coggins+ horse in 30+ years.

As far as floating teeth, you can tell when a horse needs their teeth floated. I know some people feel that they have to be floated every year, and they will disagree with me, but many horses (our mares included) that live on grass/hay and spend all day chewing wear their teeth enough that floating is rarely required.

The bottom line, IMHO, is that owning a horse is often very expensive because people just spend much more than they need to. You can follow "KISS"...Keep It Simple, Stupid...and still have a strong, healthy horse willing to work everyday that lives to a ripe old age.

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