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post #51 of 58 Old 11-21-2012, 05:39 AM
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I can understand that though, because we do have more disposable income than some people as we are spending it on a luxury item.

It's a bit more extreme, but it makes the point - if someone owns a Ferrari and then complains about being broke, we wouldn't think of them as being too broke. They might well be spending all of their available money on a car, but they have that money available to them in the first place.
I disagree. I have my horses at home and I have managed to work out a feeding program that is healthy for them and costs less than $100 a month. I think it is a matter of perception. I know people who spend far more on hobbies like video gaming and astronomy, but those don't carry the same perception as horses. I am also willing to sacrifice a lot of things that most people consider common place in order to have my horses because it means that much to me. As someone stated above, it is a different set of priorities.
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post #52 of 58 Old 11-21-2012, 10:03 AM
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Oh you have horses, you must have so much money. yeah right!!!
Worse still when they have several dogs and/or cats. I spend less feeding my horse then I do on my dogs and neither of them get the cheapest feed available! I am most assuredly not rich, either.
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post #53 of 58 Old 11-21-2012, 11:44 PM
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I disagree. I have my horses at home and I have managed to work out a feeding program that is healthy for them and costs less than $100 a month. I think it is a matter of perception. I know people who spend far more on hobbies like video gaming and astronomy, but those don't carry the same perception as horses. I am also willing to sacrifice a lot of things that most people consider common place in order to have my horses because it means that much to me. As someone stated above, it is a different set of priorities.

I board ONE horse, $375 a month, farrier is $200 every 6 weeks - that averages out at $500 a month. That's my basic cost, without tack, gear, supplements, vets, anything else.

I could keep 6 horses for less than that at home if I had a house with land, but I have a feeling my mortgage would increase by more than $500 a month.
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post #54 of 58 Old 11-22-2012, 08:07 AM
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I board ONE horse, $375 a month, farrier is $200 every 6 weeks - that averages out at $500 a month. That's my basic cost, without tack, gear, supplements, vets, anything else.

I could keep 6 horses for less than that at home if I had a house with land, but I have a feeling my mortgage would increase by more than $500 a month.
Fair enough. I guess then that location needs to be factored in. I live in a rural area of NC. We lease 3.7 acres with a 2 bedroom house for the same that we were paying for a smaller place with no land in town 3 years ago. I paid $150 for my saddle. I buy second hand, but still high quality stuff to save money. I do the research and instead of buying the "horse" supplements, I buy bulk stuff that is the same thing. My horses are barefoot and I have a friend that trims them for me in exchange for baked goodies.

I don't cut corners on their care, but I do trim cost where I can. I do my own shots unless state law requires a vet do them. I make sure that I stack everything that I need the vet for together to save on the number of farm calls.

Could I afford horses if I had to board? Not on your life. I drive a little farther to work to live in the country. I drive an older car and truck that we could afford to replace if we didn't have the horses, but we are happier having the horses than a new car. We don't go out to dinner, we don't go on vacations, we don't have a fancy house. It's a matter of priorities.
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my mare is 6 and i got her when she was 3 and hadnt had anything done with her. my friend recently told me she thought that gypsy was a nice horse now but didnt see what i saw in her when she was 3 =/ she was a gorgeous, balanced, well moving 3yo, there was nothing not to like ! it just came off kinda snotty

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Well, when I bought Snickers, he was overly disregarded by his owners as a clumsy, unproportioned, hammer-headed nothing, commonly reffered to as "The Jerk". He was a slow growing heavy-breed youngster, so going through a fugly phase was just natural and being "a jerk" actually meant him having a very active, curious and dominant mind. All of this used to hurt me quite a lot, I still don't take kindly to anyone calling him a jerk, even if it is meant as a joke.

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As far as the cost thing, it takes me about 75 a month to feed 4 horses, 2 ponies, 2 goats, and a young potbelly pig. Dewormer is about 30 every 4 months. We own the 12 acres they are on, and it is about 80 a month to feed 12 dogs, cheap only because my husband works at a smoke house and brings home the meat leftovers for them. We aren't rich, we are in our 20s and have a little girl, but like someone else pointed out, you find ways to make it work.
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Fair enough. I guess then that location needs to be factored in. I live in a rural area of NC. We lease 3.7 acres with a 2 bedroom house for the same that we were paying for a smaller place with no land in town 3 years ago. I paid $150 for my saddle. I buy second hand, but still high quality stuff to save money. I do the research and instead of buying the "horse" supplements, I buy bulk stuff that is the same thing. My horses are barefoot and I have a friend that trims them for me in exchange for baked goodies.

I don't cut corners on their care, but I do trim cost where I can. I do my own shots unless state law requires a vet do them. I make sure that I stack everything that I need the vet for together to save on the number of farm calls.

Could I afford horses if I had to board? Not on your life. I drive a little farther to work to live in the country. I drive an older car and truck that we could afford to replace if we didn't have the horses, but we are happier having the horses than a new car. We don't go out to dinner, we don't go on vacations, we don't have a fancy house. It's a matter of priorities.
I hear ya. My car has $110k miles on it. I can't afford to board at the nice barn, but I boarded as close as possible to it so I can ride my horse there for lessons as I don't have a trailer. I just bought myself some clothing, for the first time in maybe two years - it was thermal underwear.




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As far as the cost thing, it takes me about 75 a month to feed 4 horses, 2 ponies, 2 goats, and a young potbelly pig. Dewormer is about 30 every 4 months. We own the 12 acres they are on, and it is about 80 a month to feed 12 dogs, cheap only because my husband works at a smoke house and brings home the meat leftovers for them. We aren't rich, we are in our 20s and have a little girl, but like someone else pointed out, you find ways to make it work.
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Absolutely. If I could afford a place with land, I could probably have 6 horses or more for the cost of my one who is boarded.
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