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        11-28-2010, 10:11 AM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Do you?

    Do you board or do you have horses on your property? How much per month you pay? What is included in the cost and what isn't? Who is paying for the cost?
    Who here uses message/chiropractor therapy on top of boarding? Do you truly think it works? Who uses a trainer and the cost? What discipline do you ride and why did you choose that discipline? Do you show, train to show, want to show or don't show, don't want to show? These questions are just information for me because I'm curious as to what most of you do. Personally, I don't do most of these things. I own two horses who live on my family's property. I of course pay their way. I don't use massage or chiropractors, probably should but I'm old school. Old is the word. I do all of my own training which I'm proud of. I am by no means a trainer. I learned as I go and watch trainers on tv for information or look up info on the internet. I have had my own success with my girls but will probably need more outside help with my coming two year old. I would never do something I felt I couldn't handle though. I showed a QH when I was 19. She was a daughter of Conclusive breeding. What an experience! Fun, but dumb!
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        11-28-2010, 10:14 AM
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    Green Broke
    Have to bump this.
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        11-28-2010, 10:22 AM
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    Weanling
    I pay $40/mnth for pasture board. I have to go feed and hay, but she has a 16 acre pasture to loaf around in. There is a barn there for harsh weather, but no stall. There is a decent sized pond in the pasture for water, but no running water, so stall are out of the question because of that. I've never used massage therapy or the chiropractor on my horse, and I usually train my own horses. I used to show, but my current mare isn't ready yet, but as soon as she is I plan on starting again. I miss having horse show friends!
         
        11-28-2010, 10:28 AM
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    Green Broke
    Ok, so your horse is outside in the weather? I mean mine are too. The only shelter they have is the other side of the barn for a wind break. $40 is cheap but if there is no running water what do you do if she has an injury that needs cleaning? Don't you love training your own? I love a challenge. What discipline would you show?
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        11-28-2010, 11:00 AM
      #5
    Showing
    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!

    I'm going to start weekly eventing lessons with Excel soon at $50 a lesson, $200 a month.
         
        11-28-2010, 11:41 AM
      #6
    Foal
    My BF and I lease a facility for boarding/training. We have 7 horses there currently, 4 our own, 2 boarders, 1 owned by the property owners. Board is $400/stall (1 stall, matted, cleaned and rebedded daily, fresh water throughout the day, grain 2xday, supplements fed, optional T/O, blanketing, dewormer provided, tack storage, 24hr access), $250/field (small T/O group 2-6 horses, grain 2xday, hay thru winter, dewormer provided, supplements fed, blanketing, clean water, tack storage, 24hr access, run in stalls) We pay about $60/mo for hay (our horses in stalls). We use the boarder money to purchase feed/shavings/dewormer for everyone. Our feed is about $12-$13 a bag, and we go thru 2 bags a week. Boarders supply their own supplements. Shavings are about $6/bag and we go thru about....4 bags a week, give or take. We also have a small leasing fee we have to pay. I've been paying all my horses bills for the past year (minus 1 or two really big ones my parents helped me with) including vet/ferrier/shows/lessons. I prefer to pay for it myself.

    We do mostly training of Morgans for show, with a few odds and ends thrown in. I've done a little bit of everything, enlgish, western, dressage, reining. I like to experience as much as I can and learn a little about them all. I've competed in all the above except reining. Im currently working on breaking 2 young mares for saddleseat. I've used massage on a few horses, one being my own and I think it is a good way to identify a problem at a lower cost than a vet that may not find the problem.
         
        11-28-2010, 12:31 PM
      #7
    Foal
    I am currently a junior in college and board my horse ten minutes from my school. Board is $600, and I usually take one lesson per week. Since I'm a boarder those four lessons [in a month] cost $160. So it's $760 a month. I split this 50/50 with my mom.

    Board includes pretty much everything. The facilities I get to use as a boarder are: Two outdoor sand/clay arenas with built in sprinkler system and a pony ring, A 70 x 190 indoor arena with rubber footing and heated viewing room, 1/4 mile track, derby field, grass pastures for turnout and a medicare pen, Wired in smoke detectors, heated wash stall, farriers' room and boarders' tack building, 10 x 12 deeply bedded stalls, with automatic water and an all natural fly spray system

    Services include: Twice a day stall cleaning, grooming and turnout in grass pasture six days a week, Individualized feeding and supplement program, Management of your horses vet, farrier, dental and other medical care, Blanketing, boots and wraps as required, Discounted lessons, training and trailering

    [I just copied all that off the website]

    I don't use massage/chiropractor therapy. I have never sent my horse to a trainer. I used to show at schooling shows with my old barn and for the past two years have shown in Jumpers. However, right now I'm working on a LOT of flat work [kinda dressage] to improve us in the Jumpers. I absolutely LOVE Jumpers. It's fun and there is no subjectivity; you either get the fastest time or you don't. So right now I'm not showing but who knows what the future will hold. I'm with a much bigger barn now that is definitely a show barn, so maybe I'll get involved in it. Not really sure.

    I think I covered everything! Hah
         
        11-28-2010, 12:51 PM
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by x3emilygrace    
    I am currently a junior in college and board my horse ten minutes from my school. Board is $600, and I usually take one lesson per week. Since I'm a boarder those four lessons [in a month] cost $160. So it's $760 a month. I split this 50/50 with my mom.

    Board includes pretty much everything. The facilities I get to use as a boarder are: Two outdoor sand/clay arenas with built in sprinkler system and a pony ring, A 70 x 190 indoor arena with rubber footing and heated viewing room, 1/4 mile track, derby field, grass pastures for turnout and a medicare pen, Wired in smoke detectors, heated wash stall, farriers' room and boarders' tack building, 10 x 12 deeply bedded stalls, with automatic water and an all natural fly spray system

    Services include: Twice a day stall cleaning, grooming and turnout in grass pasture six days a week, Individualized feeding and supplement program, Management of your horses vet, farrier, dental and other medical care, Blanketing, boots and wraps as required, Discounted lessons, training and trailering

    [I just copied all that off the website]

    I don't use massage/chiropractor therapy. I have never sent my horse to a trainer. I used to show at schooling shows with my old barn and for the past two years have shown in Jumpers. However, right now I'm working on a LOT of flat work [kinda dressage] to improve us in the Jumpers. I absolutely LOVE Jumpers. It's fun and there is no subjectivity; you either get the fastest time or you don't. So right now I'm not showing but who knows what the future will hold. I'm with a much bigger barn now that is definitely a show barn, so maybe I'll get involved in it. Not really sure.

    I think I covered everything! Hah
    Jim in ne crickets! So that is a lot of money but you board at a show barn right? Wow. I would get involved in the show barn. Who knows where that would take you. So no extra costs other than the $760 that sounds like everything is included even vet costs? Wow:)
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        11-28-2010, 05:23 PM
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    Foal
    Yea, it's a lot of money. But I live in the Northeast. From what I've seen on this forum, it seems to be more expensive up here. And yes, it's a show barn. It's a BIG barn. Haha.

    Vet costs aren't included though. They just take care of booking all farrier and vet appointments.

    I would LOVE to get involved in it, but I go back home to a different state for summer break, so I'm not sure how it's going to work out for those three months. We'll see though!
         
        11-28-2010, 06:00 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    In the summer, I pay 350 for outdoor board, and in the winter, I pay 575 for indoor board. Both include indoor & outdoor arena use, a large locker, feed, blanketing, group turnout, the only difference is in winter I am paying for a stall. I don't regularly arrange to give my horse a massage, but every few months I get him one. I currently do low level dressage, to build strength and balance for both myself and my horse. This year, I went in about 1 show per month for the experience. Although I found the actual shows a smidge too stressful to be enjoyable. But I might try it again next show season after a winter's worth of training. I take lessons 3 times a week. I pay for all expenses. Including farrier and vet visits every 6 weeks. I'm currently in highschool, and work 2 jobs. To add everything up, for a summer month : $130 ( farrier ) + $90 ( vet ) $350 ( board) + $540 ( lessons ) + $100 ( extra -- tack, emergencies, ect.) + $200 ( average show costs)= $1410 and for a winter month : $50 ( farrier ) + $90 ( vet ) $575 ( board) + $540 ( lessons ) + $100 ( extra -- tack, emergencies, ect.) = $1355
         

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