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post #1 of 146 Old 07-18-2011, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Horse ARE NOT. That expensive..Just dont get it.

I was just thinking I always wanted a horse. And I never got one until I could have my own job and looking back people would tell me
"It costs $500 a month to keep your horse" PER MONTH. Or "$300"
And truth is its not even CLOSE. I could of had a horse way back then if It wasnt for those people lol. Everyone would tell my parents such ridiculous prices and I waited around for a horse for about 9 years because of this..
It only costs about
$13 for grain per month
$45 for hay(dont need much got a really good feild of grass)
$15 for farrier every 7 weeks.
Vaccinations and floating only cost me about $100-$130 per year.
So feeding my horse costs about $696 per year.
Farrier $185 a year.
Then add vaccinations and floating to 120 per year.
Then I make all my fly sprays and such homemade and they work pretty good so I probably only spend about $15 on supplies for that per year.
And my horse is fat and healthy as can be? He's 15.2 quarter horse he's used for trails and barrel racing.
Water-Free I have a well.
And then I pay about $30 a month for horse insurance.
Right now Im keeping my horse on my friends dads property. Free
Im only spending about $87a month on my horse....-.-
I mean is this normal?
I live in central florida. And florida prices arnt exactly the cheapest.

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post #2 of 146 Old 07-18-2011, 02:16 PM
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I can not say if your prices are with in line for your area or not.

When you ask others for prices you have to compare apples to apples, not apples to bricks.
Most people do not have access to enough pasture that will provide all the feed their horse needs so they have higher hay bills.
Many people live in parts of the world where what you claim is a monthly hay bill is what it costs for one or two bales of hay.
In all the 27 years I have owned (note I say owned, not counting the years I rode but did not own) a farrier trim has been more than what you are quoting.
What you quote for vaccines and floating is what I pay for just floating.

Do you have no bedding bills?
Do you have monies set aside for emergency vet care?



I think most people would like you to have more money to keep a horse than less money. No one wants someone going into horse ownership assuming it costs next to nothing.


ETA - while I was typing you changed where you kept your horse. Before it was a relative. Did you move your horse while you were typing?
ETA2 - If you use your numbers for what your horse costs per year and then add in $30/month for insurance it actually comes out to $113.

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I have horse insurance, I have about $2300 for emergency money I set aside about $20 a month to add to it.
No bedding just a run in shelter.
I pay $45 for a coastal Round bale of hay and it lasts about 25 days for my horse so I only buy one per month.
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post #4 of 146 Old 07-18-2011, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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and my horse insurance covers emergency
Well its not really my grandmas property its her boyfriends so I thought I should change it.
Its also my friends my grandma meant her dad through me lol so it all worked out pretty good.

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No, it's not normal.

I don't see how, unless you rarely grain, that your feed bill is so low per month. You also can't keep an animal out on grass all year even in Florida, so your hay and grain bill will go up in the winter.

I don't know who your farrier is, but $15.00 per trim is ridiculously cheap. I pay $25.00 per trim, and that's a great price for my area.

I'm also not sure how vaccinations and floating only cost you $130.00 per year. Around here, a floating ALONE is about $75.00, and that's not including the farm call or sedation if needed.

Plus, not everyone has a 'friend's dad' who will let them keep their horse on their property for free. Which also means 'your' well water is his, since he's the one with the animal on his property. Well water isn't free anyway, since the well pump needs electricity in order to run.

You don't seem to take all of that into consideration, especially the wear and tear on someone else's land and the use of their electricity.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!

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post #6 of 146 Old 07-18-2011, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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my Vet does a whole package for only $100-130 depending on horse
Yea I kind of do have a good deal on horses. My farrier usually charges $20 per horse but since theirs over 20 horses on the property he only charges $15 per horse.
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In answer to your question?

NO - those prices are not normal.

That is very low for a farrier. Most folks I know pay $30 at least - PLUS a charge to come out to the barn. May I assume you are getting some kind of discount?

Vaccinations and floating for only $100 to $130 for the whole year is also very low. I pay more than that to vaccinate my dog!

PLUS - you have the advantage of "boarding" no charge at your Dad's place....which is why the water is "free"....

Most folks either have to pay a professional facility or take on the costs associated with maintaining their horse on their own property...

Since you don't have those costs, you are indeed very lucky.

Leasing a spoiled rotten trail horse...pretty - but a brat!
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Then you're getting a deal on your trims because of someone else's horses, not because you're so frugal and amazingly smart with your money.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!
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Im vey thankful for the free board. And cheap prices glad I got lucky with not normal prices...
Maybe waiting has paid off in the favor of me? Yes I do get Discounted prices.
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Im vey thankful for the free board. And cheap prices glad I got lucky with not normal prices...
Maybe waiting has paid off in the favor of me? Yes I do get Discounted prices.
Which should make you VERY thankful to the very nice person who is allowing you to keep your horse there for free.

I sure do hope you volunteer to help around there whenever help is needed.
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