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post #1 of 27 Old 08-14-2008, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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The Cost of Horses?

Hi everyone, I was just wondering how much, generally, it costs to have a horse. I'm not just talking about the cost of horses themselves, but rather the cost of boarding, food, vet care, tack, ect. I am looking to purchase a horse in a few years time, but my parents have the opinion that I could not possibly be able to afford a horse until I am much, much older and/or have won the lottery. I do know it is by no means cheap, hence me saving for a few years, but could any of you help me settle this?
My dad, who races cars, seems to think a horse would cost more to maintain then his race car (this includes the cost of the car, gas, tires, replacement parts, engine updates, crew, the car trailer, driving to races around the country, ect). Now, it seems to me this is not the case. But how much would it generally cost to buy and care for a horse? Is it even possible for a college-aged kid like myself?
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post #2 of 27 Old 08-14-2008, 09:26 PM
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JDI made a pretty good list in this thread:

For me, I really didn't have time for a horse during college. Between my classwork and job, there was just too much to do.
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Thanks for the link, it was very informative!
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post #4 of 27 Old 08-15-2008, 12:23 AM
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When it comes to tack, sometimes investing a little more into, say, your saddle will in fact save you money in the long run. Better to spend a bit more(or a lot) and have it last because of quality craftsmanship and material, than have to replace it a few years down the road.
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post #5 of 27 Old 08-16-2008, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thank you. I'll add that to my calculations.
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post #7 of 27 Old 08-16-2008, 06:55 PM
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40-50 percent of my salary goes to my horses...if i boarded, it would be 80-90 percent.

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post #8 of 27 Old 08-16-2008, 07:20 PM
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Well, the initial price is the highest, because you're buying the horse and all your tack/supplies. Here's a real quick run down with what I feel are average prices in any area. (also note that I'm using US dollars)

Horse: $1,000-10,000 or more, depending on what kind of horse you want and the market.
Tack: $600-800
Grooming Supplies: $40-100
Boarding(per month): $250-800 (this is assuming that they'll cover all feed costs)
Worming(per month): $5-20
Feet Care(every six weeks): $15-100 (depends on weither or not your horse needs shoes)
Vet care(shots, teeth floating, accidents): varies from nothing, to several thousand depending on how accident prone your horse is. =P I'm not too sure on the cost of shots, but floating is usually around $100-$200.
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post #9 of 27 Old 08-16-2008, 08:21 PM
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I don't know about your area, requirements, or circumstances other then you are a student. I keep a detailed record of every penny I spend on my horse or horse related items (except gas to go see him).Here is what I've paid since I got my first horse last Sept. (I started with nothing)

Saddle, Girth, Stirrup Leathers and Irons, Halter/Bridle Combo with Reins, Bit, Lead Rope, Saddle Pad with Bags, Saddle Blanket (for really hot days) Saddle Stand, Saddle Cover, Cleaning Supplies, Grooming Supplies with Carrier, 3 Canteens with Carrier (for trail rides),Grain Pan, Hay Rack, Bridle Bracket, 2 Blanket Rails, 3 Jolly Apples (for Koda and his 2 barn mates), 2 additional Saddle Bags with adaptor clips, Ez-Mount, and Paddock Boots for me all purchased new over the internet.
Cost: $703.18

A now 7 year old reg. Appaloosa gelding delivery included and being UTD on shots and farrier.
Cost: $450.00

(8/07) 3.5 tons of grass/alfalfa hay.
Cost: $320.00

(7/08 ) 3 tons of timmothy hay.
Cost: $660.00

3 50 lb. bags of Livestock Blend grain.
Cost: $29.12

1 Salt Block. (I have to buy every 3rd one)
Cost: $7.20

4 farrier visits. (He has hard hooves so trim all 4 & shoes up front, barefoot durring winter and spring)
Cost: $170.00

2 shots of wormer. (yes I know he's due again)
Cost: $19.74

11 months boarding.
Cost: $775.00

Total cost to date, almost 1 year from purchse:

$3134.24 to date!

Before Dec he will see the farrier 1 more time before winter sets in and he goes barefoot, 2? more wormings, yearly shots(previous owner 'shot' him before delivering him to me, he will get them end of this month if not sooner) , and 4 more months of boarding so add to that atleast $400.00 more. Then there is any unforseen accidents that would require the vet, something that we could not handle at the barn and that roughly $3600.00 to date cost will jump dramatically.

I'm sure I've spent the least amount of money on 1 horse over a year then anyone on this forum (or maybe not ). So you see, it can be done but don't stretch yourself to thin. School comes first! There's plenty of time for you to get a horse after you graduate. I did.
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post #10 of 27 Old 08-16-2008, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by dame_wolf
11 months boarding.
Cost: $775.00

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