02-19-2010, 10:16 AM
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Costs are so regional - I hope that someone nearer you is able to give you local figures.
I will say that for our two (well, Holly doesn't really count as she eats so little that we haven't really had to increase our expense) we spend about $45 a month on hay and another $25 or so on "grain" (we feed Strategy). We bed one stall and don't do any bedding in the run-in - that runs us $5-6 a bag - we use pellets and add about a bag a week to replace what we've taken out so $20-25 a month on that.
We keep both our horses barefoot - a trim visit is $25 a horse plus a $20 farm call.
We do minimal "well-horse" checks, vaccinations and teeth floats once a year which the last one was right at $150 for our big horse including farm call. Holly has her appt Monday so I'll have exact figures then, lol - after this they'll be on the same schedule so we'll only have one farm call to pay instead of two separate visits, yay.
The real money pit is all the little things you just "have" to have for them - there is always a new halter, rope, toy or other piece of tack that you see that you just have to buy. My daughter and I can't pass up a trip to the farm store, lol, much to my husbands chagrin.