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post #41 of 45 Old 10-04-2012, 09:23 AM
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I think that often horse ownership costs are greatly exaggerated. This probably stems from a shared past in places like Europe, and other densely populated areas, where land wasn't readily available. If land isn't readily available it means that land rental costs will be higher, and that feed (which obviously requires land to be grown) will also be more expensive. This means that only certain people will have the disposable income to spend on such a hobby. In this way, wealth and horse ownership have become linked in many people's minds.

Although outside of high density areas horses can be relatively affordable.

My horse probably costs me around $400ish a month with everything included (besides emergency vet). If I lived in an area that had more farmland this could probably drop down to $200 a month. If someone owns their own property then the monthly upkeep could even be lower.

Owning a horse isn't just a flat fee that everyone pays - its not typical of most sports where certain rules and standards are followed. Many owners will have many experiences, some horses might be as cheap as $100 where as others may cost upward of $10,000. The same goes with tack, facilities etc. Some people may "need" an indoor arena, where others are happy with a paddock to ride around in.

So you can see how the costs vary.

I don't pay "board" I pay agistment, which is $220 a month. On top of that I'll have feed which is about $130 a month. Then there is farrier, vet, dentist, which varies but probably equals to about $10 or so a week. Then transport and time (for me to get to the horse and such) which for me is relatively cheap, maybe $20 a week. Then of course other costs, like tack, worming, rugs, feed buckets etc which really gets expensive.
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post #42 of 45 Old 10-04-2012, 09:59 AM
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I have two retired geldings that are kept at my parent's house. They have a large pasture and do great on just pasture in the summer. In the winter, we feed hay and that is free. We have our own land and "rent" out much of it to a neighboring farmer. In exchange, he makes my SIL's hay pasture and gives us the hay. (SIL also has a horse at my parents' place).

Costs are annual vaccinations (a very minimal amount, since I give them myself), worming (I generally alternate the "cheap stuff" with more expensive wormer) and farrier visits. My horses are generally done every 8-10 weeks and the cost is $30 per horse. I used to do my own farrier work but am getting old and lazy.

Teeth check/floating is a couple hundred dollars per year, including the farm call since we don't have a trailer to haul them to the vet.

My 22 year old QH is getting stiff in the rear so I will have to start giving supplements. (Provided it doesn't turn out to be some other issue).

This is all in a "normal" year. If one or more gets hurt, costs skyrocket.

I'm getting two ponies: a weanling and a yearling. The vet's going to be coming out to geld both of them, check out my QH's lameness, give vaccinations (since the vet will already be out I'm just having her do it), plus teeth check and floating on my two older geldings. I don't even want to THINK of how high that particular vet bill is going to be.

I have one other horse and he's kept at a boarding stable. Board is $275 per month (box stall board with regular turnout). Worming is included but farrier work is not. I'm thinking he's going to need front shoes so that's going to be expensive. He's very green broke so I'm going to be paying my trainer to work with me and him. I'll probably get a "half time training package" ($360 for 3x per week or $260 for 2x per week). Hay is included but grain is extra so if he ends up needing grain that'll be an extra cost. I'm going to estimate around $600 per month.
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post #43 of 45 Old 10-04-2012, 10:21 AM
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I was thinking I should really sit down and keep track of all my horsey spending to find out exactly how much I am spending.

I have two horses.

About every 6 weeks the farrier comes out and does a barefoot trim = $60
Red will be getting shoes next year so that will be increasing.

Twice a year, the dentist comes out. The one horse is only a yearling so he's doesn't need dental treatment quite yet (but will soon!), so it's about $130 x 2 times a year, depending on what he needs to do. = $260

I don't feed a lot of sweet feed, I'm probably buying one bag every 2 months or so. I probably should pay more attention to the price but I think its around $25 a bag.

I feed one supplement that works out to about a $1 a day per horse.

During the summer-ish months, I going to start hauling to various shows more for experience for my one horse. I'm going to estimate going to 10 shows next year with entry fees averaging $60 a show. Plus $75 to $200 gas to get there and back, depending on distance. So that's a consideration.

I will be buying a trailer this winter (I'm just borrowing at the moment). Payments will probably be around $300 a month. With the trailer, of course I need to buy something to pull it with so that'll be another $300 payments a month.

Plus board for the horses! $125 per horse, year-round.

So that's about $13,000 per year (average $1,000+ a month) when you consider board, farrier, dentist, truck, trailer, supplements, and showing.

And I even forgot to include vaccination costs and deworming costs. And a yearly vet health examination. So that too.

And then as others have mentioned, if a health emergency arises, that can rise into the thousands in vet bills very quickly.

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post #44 of 45 Old 10-04-2012, 10:46 AM
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I don't feed a lot of sweet feed, I'm probably buying one bag every 2 months or so. I probably should pay more attention to the price but I think its around $25 a bag.
Good lawd, what kind of sweet feed are you feeding?! Here it's like $8 a bag..

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post #45 of 45 Old 10-04-2012, 10:55 AM
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I am in South Florida and my costs are around 1000 to 1100 a month with everything. I pay 600.00 for full board, 200 a month for lessons, 100.00 a month for supplements, front shoes with a trim on all 4 is 100.00 every 6 weeks. Plus miscellaneous for vet, treats, tack purchases etc. Showing is another story.
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