Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
That's so awesome. I wish someone wanted to give me a horse for free that didn't have health problems!!
First off, I want to give you a huge THANK YOU for being a responsable potential horse owner. That's awesome!!
Chances are if they're giving away the horse for free, they won't be giving tack away. But you can usually pick up good used tack for pretty cheap (I got my last saddle - english - with irons, girth and leathers for $900 - but you can sometimes pick up a whole set (bridle included) for around the same price.
-You'll have to look into boarding (Good places are usually around $300/month, at least here in Canada)
-Farrier is every 8 weeks, give or take, but not by much.. you can call up local farriers for their pricing
-Vaccinations and wormings. If you know how to vaccinate and worm, that cuts down on cost, but if you have to get a vet out to do it, that will add up - again, call up local vets and ask them for quotes
-Some horses do need need emergency vet care - can you save up a fairly large sum of money to hang on to just in case you need to spend it on emergency vet care?
Good on ya for wanting to know as much as you can about this before jumping in!!
Please feel free to PM me with any questions!!
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