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post #21 of 34 Old 02-28-2009, 02:59 AM
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Ugh. Waaayyy too much.

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post #22 of 34 Old 03-01-2009, 03:57 AM
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well i live in new zealand so wayy differnt over here.

Farrier- Trim around $40, Refit $125, New shoes all round $160, Stud holes $8 per hole, search foot $30 plus call out fee plus travel.
Vet- $200 call out plus milage around $2.50 per KM, plus any thing that has to be done.
Board- any where from $60 a month to $2000, I pay $100 a month for one of the best facilitys in my area.
Monthly Feed- LOTS, Equilibrium(3 month supply) $70, Tox-DEFY (3 months) $50, Palamountains Bone & Joint $150 (2 months), Shredded beet pelets no mollasis $50 for 25kgs, maintenince mix $32.50 for 30kgs, NutriRice stamina and performance $40 20kgs.
Tack- Saddle got it for free with the pony, bridle got it free with the old pony, bit came witht he pony, saddle blanket $40 for a plain english cotton one,girth $90, boots allot etc etc.
Insurance- dunno
Trailer- for a basic new one about $18,000 for just a plain two horse straight load.
Hay- I pay 5.50 a bale behind the bailer in stores its around $20
Blankets/Sheets- LOTS my horse has around 20 rugs i think ive spent around $5000 on rugs.
Bedding- horse lives out and when he is in we use sawdust that is given to our club for free.

What else is there that I'm missing?
Worming- $25 -40 every 6 - 12 weeks depends on brand. its included on my grazing fee though.
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post #23 of 34 Old 03-01-2009, 04:46 AM
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Could someone please put up how much it costs in Australia.(or their current costs?) thanks. (my parents are thinking 'bout it)

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post #24 of 34 Old 03-05-2009, 02:31 AM
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For me in Canada with a competitive horse per year on "average" if I had to make a budget.
Board - $7200
Farrier (no shoes) - $350
Supplements/Feed - $2160
Vet - $1000
Clinics/Lessons - $7600
Shows - $2000
Equipment (repairs & purchases) - $600
Memberships - $400
In total: $20, 310 / year
Not including gas, hahaha.

I also have all of the essentials already. Hay, bedding are included in my board. So this is basically just my upkeep and training costs... Funny how clinics and lessons is costing me more than board hahaha.

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post #25 of 34 Old 03-19-2009, 11:56 AM
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wow looking at all the posts I've got it good :)
Pasture rent 6 acres 75$ per month( includes 1 round bale delivered)
farrier $20 per trim x4 80$ every 6-8 weeks
deworming 40$ every other month although thinking about going to a daily feed through
vet $25 farm call plus services needed
teeth $65-80
feed $50 per month sometimes lower depending on market price fluctuation
vaccinations ( i try not to think about it) I do my own so that cuts out the cost of the vet expense
supplements, first aid supplies $20-30 per month sometimes more if one gets injured
tack, saddles 1500$
small stock trailer 850$ ( lucked out on that one and its nice!)
alfalfa hay (when I can get it, horse quality isn't easy to come by in Oklahoma) 11$ a square

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post #26 of 34 Old 03-19-2009, 06:14 PM
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board:250 per month
farier: 75 every 6 to 8 weeks
lesons: 1 lesson 30 per week 120 per month
vet: i do not know depends pluss my grandma pays for suff.
feed hay bedding included in board.
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post #27 of 34 Old 03-23-2009, 11:08 PM
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horses free, hay bale my own, farrier trim my own, vet whats a vet, tack very old, wormer 20.00 a year per horse. got down to one horse a few years back had enough pasture left that i didnt have to feed hay all winter. biggest expense is fuel to cut, rake, bale hay and haul horses for trail riding.
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post #28 of 34 Old 03-24-2009, 12:33 AM
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Here is mine (so far)

Boarding - $95 a month - includes bedding and feedings twice a day (no turnouts, much your own stall)
Hay - about $60 a month or so for Wiski give or take a few
Grain - $15 every two or three months (he's an easy keeper)
Farrier - $35 every 6 to eight weeks for a trim (no need for shoes)
Supplements - I spent $120 on some horseguard with selenium which will last me about a year or so
Vet - $95 or so a year to do teeth plus whatever it will be for shots.
Blanket - was sent with him
Insurance - none
Tack - my most expensive cost for now because I'm always buying more!!!
Trailer - we don't go anywhere yet :(

Meh that's the list I have so far

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post #29 of 34 Old 03-24-2009, 10:53 AM
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I spend about $2000 a year on my horse. But I keep him at my parents so no board, do my own hooves, and get a really good deal on hay.
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post #30 of 34 Old 03-24-2009, 06:09 PM
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Obviously costs vary wildy by location. I can see by some of the posts, there are people that are very lucky...

My horses are in a commercial barn. Typical cost for my area (at a facility) are:

Monthly Feed

The above, along with mucking of stalls are included in "full board" which runs anywhere from $750 to $1200 per month. If you want to go to a fancy show barn, monthly cost can be $1,500 to $2,500 or more.

Shoes: $125-$175 standard. More for special shoes. $60-$75 for trimming only.

Vet: My horses don't get sick. :) That said, at least ONE thing happens each year that warrant a vet barn call. Barn call is $200 plus treatment/meds. By the time we are done, I seem to always have at least one vet bill per year that costs from $600-$1000.

Fall and spring shots typically run about $40-$50 each. The vet does several horses at my barn so there is no barn call fee over that.

Tack: Depends on your taste and budget. You can by a saddle, bridle, etc. for under $1000. Take good care of it and it can last you a while. You can also spend $5000 on a saddle.

If you have the budget, I would put down $2,000 for one set of tack and some basic grooming supplies to start. Not the "best" but good quality. After year one, you can budget from $100 per year to whatever you are willing to spend.

Insurance: Depends on level on insurance and horse value. Mortality and major medical for a <$10,000 horse (not a fancy show horse) should run about $500 per year.

Liability insurance should also be considered, especially if you are keeping horses on your property. A homeowners policy may or may not protect you here. Check with your agent and get it in writing. If you need additional coverage, it should only run a few hundred a year.

Trailer: You can get a used trailer for about $1,000. You can buy a trailer with living quarters for $60,000 to over $100,000. Depends on budget. If you are looking to save money and stay relatively local, you can find a very good used 2h bumper pull for $2,000. Again, depends on area.

Don't forget you also need a vehicle to pull the trailer. Learn about GVW, GCVW and the TRUE towing capacity of your vehicle. I also feel you should NOT pull a horse trailer with a car, jeep or small SUV. Horse trailers have a higher center of gravity than campers or equipment trailers. Something like a Suburban or F-150 will do the job - just make sure it has the right options to tow a horse trailer.

Blankets/Sheets: Included in the tack figure above. I believe blankets are a luxury not a necessity in most places. Either way, you can get a decent blanket for under $100 and it should last for years.

In my area, the total would be:

$750 (low end) full board/month = $9,000/year
Trimming (barefoot) = $65 x 10 (every 5 weeks) = $650/year
Fall and Spring shots @ $50 each = $100/year
Inevitable vet bill = $800/year

Total = $10,550 which sounds about right.

I also travel to shows and competitions with my own trailer. I do about 8-10/year. Each one involved about $200 in tolls and gas and an average of $100 in entry fees. Two or three involve an overnight stay - two nights at $150 each, plus stabling the horse at about $25/night.

So my "show" costs are about another $4,000.

Now you made me sorry that I added all that up. I kind of knew, but it is scary to think I spend about $15,000 (much more with tack and other purchases) per year on this hobby. I should have stuck with jogging or joined a health club. :)
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