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post #1 of 7 Old 02-04-2011, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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The costs of keeping a horse advice please.

Hi everyone, sorry if this is in the wrong section, i wasnt sure where to post.
well where do i start, im 25 and i have been riding since i was about 6, i stopped for a year or 2 when i had my eldest who is now nearly 6. i have since started riding again, ive ridden a fair few horses over the last couple of years and im currently riding at a friends yard who buys and sells horses, so its usually something new every other week. i have had horses in the past but im talking years ago when i was still a kid. basically i am wanting to buy my own again this year but want to get an idea of upkeep as im sure prices have increased since then. Basically it would be kept on a DIY yard, with field and stable priced at either 15 or 20 a week depending on which yard id use. ideally it would live out during the summer months and be stabled in the winter and turned out during the day, id also have it insured - ive seen lots of people fatally not insure their horse in incur huge vets bills! i know obviously theres the dentist/farrier/wormers/feed/bedding/vaccinations/insurance etc as well as the livery cost but im wanting an approximate cost for the upkeep with todays prices. any replies would be appreciated. thanks x
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-04-2011, 08:41 AM
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Sorry I don't know euros, but It cost me $125 a month for self care board, meaning I buy hay, feed and I clean the stalls and fill the water.
Hay is $5 a bale, right now we have a supplier so we just buy about 20 at a time. we only use about 1/2 to 1 bale a day for two horses( if it's really cold we give them more hay).
My feed is $18 a bag and we buy four bags at a time and it last two weeks. (for one horse) and the other horse eats different food (but my brother pays for that cause it's his horse)
Also we buy sawdust which is $150 for a dump truck load and thats every couple months, and we slip it with the other boarders.
Farrier is $20 for trims, thats every 6-8 weeks.

Hope this helps
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-04-2011, 11:39 AM
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We make our own hay and have our horses home. So all we have to buy is shavings (comes in bags- $5.50 per bag) Feed ($30 a month for summer, $60 for winter) Farrier ($70 for both to get trimmed) and a little saved for vet care. Also electricity and water for the barn.

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-05-2011, 01:58 AM
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Its going to depend on your pasture, time of year and horse. If you have good pasture you might only have to feed for the nutritional benefits which may be $10 a week. For me a trim is $40, shoeing is more. I don't insure and don't really know anyone who does.

If we didn't have feed though I'd be looking at at least two bales a week at about $16 per bale. Plus rugs and gear.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-05-2011, 08:34 AM
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Hi everyone, sorry if this is in the wrong section, i wasnt sure where to post.
well where do i start, im 25 and i have been riding since i was about 6, i stopped for a year or 2 when i had my eldest who is now nearly 6. i have since started riding again, ive ridden a fair few horses over the last couple of years and im currently riding at a friends yard who buys and sells horses, so its usually something new every other week. i have had horses in the past but im talking years ago when i was still a kid. basically i am wanting to buy my own again this year but want to get an idea of upkeep as im sure prices have increased since then. Basically it would be kept on a DIY yard, with field and stable priced at either 15 or 20 a week depending on which yard id use. ideally it would live out during the summer months and be stabled in the winter and turned out during the day, id also have it insured - ive seen lots of people fatally not insure their horse in incur huge vets bills! i know obviously theres the dentist/farrier/wormers/feed/bedding/vaccinations/insurance etc as well as the livery cost but im wanting an approximate cost for the upkeep with todays prices. any replies would be appreciated. thanks x

You'd be better off asking on a UK board TBH... Prices for everything varies depending on where in the country you live - for vets, farriers, hay, straw, feed etc etc etc.

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-05-2011, 11:04 AM
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Wow we only sell our hay for like 3-4 bucks per bale!

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-05-2011, 12:06 PM
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For all sorts of reasons keeping a horse in the US - and the majority of viewers on this Forum are American - costs a lot less than in the UK. But so does practically everything.
A good way to measure is not $1.60=1 but rather $1= 1

I add up every pound I spend on my horse in the UK who is kept at a livery yard down South of England.
Stable, feed, bedding, medecines, vets, insurance, shoes, teeth, bits and pieces cost last year just over 4000.
If I add in competition, petrol, toll fees, then the cost goes higher.

Horse riding is not a cheap hobby - if you add everything up.
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