Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
With 100 acres of pasture and the price of hay that you mentioned, your biggest costs are going to be the vet and farrier. If you find your local costs for those, you'll be close....and you can save a lot of $$s by giving all the shots you can yourself, and with a good hay diet, lightly worked horses need little or no feed, and many rarely need anything done with their teeth.
Cost comparisons are hard to make across geographies, but for what it's worth...We have a small place so our mares have free choice hay (so this is the bulk of our cost), we give shots/wormers ourself, I trim them myself, the vet does yearly rabies/coggins, and our total expenses work out to a little less than $5/day/horse.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
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