I'm creating a Horse Ownership guide, of sorts, and would like to ask some of you lovely people to offer some input, as my own horse experience is somewhat limited. This guide is aimed at informing people of the responsibilities of horse ownership, and hopefully discouraging people who read it from going out and blindly buying a horse without being at least semi-knowledgable.
Here is the information I am seeking:
Food cost - I.e., what you're paying per month or day for one horse, including any grain, hay, supplements, etc. that you are feeding. Please be as specific as you can -- I'm not worried about brands, but I'd like to know if, say, your horse is getting xlbs of grain plus a bale of hay and so much of a supplement per day, and how much that bag of grain, each bale, and the supplement cost.
Also, please mention the conditions your horses are kept under -- are they stalled with or without a paddock, pastured, etc.?
Averages are fine too -- don't go way out of your way to get exact prices or anything.
Vet/farrier costs - I.e., what does your average, non-emergency vet bill look like? If you have the itemized prices, that would be fine; otherwise, an overall cost with a note of how many horses and what was done. Also, how often you have the vet out for individual services.
Same goes for farrier services: either an itemized list -- trim is $x, front shoes are $x, etc. -- or an overall cost with what was done to how many horses.
For those who do their own injections (something I've actually been somewhat curious about), what is your schedule, and how much do the injections usually cost?
Deworming - What is your deworming schedule, and why do you prefer it?
Boarding cost (if applicable) -- if you board your horse, what services do you get and for how much? (Or even if you board other people's horses)
Training cost (if applicable) -- if you do not do your own training, what does your preferred trainer charge? (Or... I guess if you train for other people, then what do you charge?)
Anything else that you believe would be useful, let me know.
Also, I would appreciate some basic information of various disciplines -- I have gymkhana events, trail riding, driving, and Western Pleasure down (though more info on WP and driving would not be turned down), but my weak points are English, Dressage, Jumping, Roping.... almost anything outside that list.
I'm not looking for a book, just a brief summary of what the discipline entails.
A (pitiful) example:
Trail riding is a common, non-competitive discipline where the horse and owner frequent public and private trails simply for the pleasure of riding. Tack can be whatever the horse and rider and comfortable with, and recommended attire is, at minimum, long pants, boots, and a shirt.
Any information will be greatly appreciated.