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post #11 of 34 Old 02-24-2009, 08:48 AM
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Costs vary by area quite a lot, and I have been researching the same question for a little over a year. IF you don't have to board, the cost will be very close to 200 dollars a month after you pay for the horse and all of your tack. Boarding usually includes some feed, and in this part of Texas runs 175 to 250 dollars for unfancy, but good facilities. At least the cost of horses is way down right now, so that helps a little up front. Highly trained horses in specific sports seem to be holding their values better than trail or riding horses.

Too bad it is so expensive, and seems to be going up pretty steadily. More horses are being abondoned now, and most recovery shelters are overwhelmed.
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post #12 of 34 Old 02-24-2009, 10:08 AM
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The first one is 2008 costs...it doesn't include hay the first part of the year because I got free hay from the trainer I worked for. The 2nd smaller photo is this year's so far...which does include hay. I bought him a new blanket, a bitless bridle and the vet was a little more expensive this year. Those costs include all vet work, teeth floating, hay, grain. It does not include fencing, tractor loan ($280 a month), nor does it include the cost of our truck, trailer, and most of my tack and equipment which I owned previous to 2008. As you can see it gets ridiculously expensive...but I think its worth it.
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post #13 of 34 Old 02-24-2009, 10:15 AM
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just realized they are super small...trying to upload different way...
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Thanks for the chart! That helps ALOT!
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post #15 of 34 Old 02-24-2009, 10:18 AM
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I forgot to say that I buy my grain 3 months at a time...so my feed bill was very high this month...but I won't buy again until May.
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post #16 of 34 Old 02-24-2009, 10:22 AM
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Thanks for the chart! That helps ALOT!
no problem. I've always kept a chart for costs. 4-H habit that I never grew out of. It keeps me sane. Every time I think of buying a 2nd horse I look at it...and the thought passes!
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Lol! Do you keep them at your house or board them?
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post #18 of 34 Old 02-24-2009, 10:31 AM
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Lol! Do you keep them at your house or board them?
I boarded him for free (working intern for a trainer) the first part of 2008...which is why that part of the 2008 chart is so blank. Now I keep him at home. You might seriously thinking about being a working intern...it was loads of fun...very cheap...but time consuming.

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post #19 of 34 Old 02-24-2009, 10:33 AM
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Yea we live on a 1/4 acre so no horse here! And its quit expensive to own them down here and only one stable around here for miles! That's why my babies are up north ;)
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post #20 of 34 Old 02-24-2009, 10:36 AM
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Yea we live on a 1/4 acre so no horse here! And its quit expensive to own them down here and only one stable around here for miles! That's why my babies are up north ;)
I seriously think its cheaper to board...when we bought this house we are having to do land work, clearing trees, etc etc etc etc. Buy the tractor and everything. But it is very nice to look at the window in the morning and there he is
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