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    11-28-2010, 01:14 PM
Talking Cost?

I'm tryna figure out the cost of keeping a horse!

I need:

Livery (PW/M)

And anything else I would need, the price of the horse doesn't matter just what it takes to keep them! BTW im in the west midland in england!
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    11-28-2010, 01:16 PM
I would call around. I don't think people here can give you an accurate price range :)
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    11-28-2010, 01:24 PM
I have 6 horses on my property, will be bringing another home soon, and am selling one. Four are horses and 3 are minis.

I use SafeChoice and only the big horses get fed grain. I go through 9lbs a day, a bag every 5 days. A bag I get for $12. I spend around $72 on grain a month. Hay....The best quality around here for the least amount of money is $3, we go through a bale and a half a day, 45 bales a month, $135 a month on hay. So $207 a month on feed. $2484 a year.

Shavings are $4 a bag, we have three stalls, we use 3 bags a week. $48 a month or so on shavings. Around $576 a year.

Farrier....We pick up someone in Amish Country who does a great job for cheap. Between everyone, we spend I think $70 every 6 weeks.

Add to that vet, fencing repairs, lessons, tack, supplies, pasture and arena dirt, time, energy, and exhaustion, and you have a heck of a lost spent on our equine friends!
    11-28-2010, 01:28 PM
It would be impossible for anyone to give you an accurate estimate on the cost because the cost can vary so much from place to place. I agree with GreyRay, your best bet would be to talk to local people who have horses and find out what their expenses are.
    11-28-2010, 03:12 PM
Kewl I think I have an idea and I can afford that no probs it was less than I though my friend has loads of horses most friesian he told me a collective price for his and I was like woah I though it was all just for one horse lol
    11-28-2010, 08:31 PM
Green Broke
From what I hear the UK is quite expensive for keeping horses. The figures offered on here may not be in your currency, and don't really reflect the cost of a horse where you live.

Like one of the above posters say they spend $3 on a bale of hay (could have read that wrong) where as here in Australia (at least my part) you're looking at around $15 per bale, a bit less if you buy bulk. Their bag of feed costs them $12 where as mine is over $20, and I pay $40 for the farrier to trim (not shoe) my horse.

As you can see just those basic costs are markedly different. I recommend finding out where you would keep your horse and ask them their prices, and what it includes. I know there are places in my area with paddocks for $30 a week, and others have stables for $120 per week (not including feed). So look around and see what the costs are. Have a look at your local feed store and see how much your chosen feed will cost, as well as hay. Find out what the going rate for a farrier in your area is, some charge over $100 per visit, others much less.

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