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        07-30-2012, 07:13 PM
      #961
    Green Broke
    I hate flies! That's why I love living in the cold, there are less bugs.

    Horses don't always have to be so expensive. I mean they're not a cheap hobby, but many of my friends spend more money going out drinking than I spend each week on my horse.

    Its all about choosing. I'd love an indoor arena and a stable and such but if I want that I have to pay for it. I'd love to "board" my horse somewhere and have someone to feed my horse when I don't feel like going out there or whatever, but you have to pay for all those services.

    So I keep my horse paddocked places with large paddocks (more food) and with minimal facilities. It works out on average around the same price as lessons, less some weeks, more some weeks.
         
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        07-30-2012, 09:28 PM
      #962
    Green Broke
    Hey guys, I'm from Texas. I'm 19, but I don't consider myself a teen so I feel this thread is more appropriate for me. I have a brown welsh pony, a bay paint gelding, and a 3 month old colt, Hennessy. I'm sure you've all seen his pictures around here, I can't help but show him off. :) Nice to meet everyone!

    On a side note, I entered Henny in the Sixteen Hands' July Horse of the Month contest. Tomorrow is the last day to vote! If you would all be so kind as to like his picture? It would mean the world to me! And I would love you even more if you shared the picture, too. Thanks so much, guys!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...3255937&type=3

    As for the flies, I live in coastal Texas. Due to the horrid humidity, we have more mosquitoes than anything right now. It's torture, fighting off flies and mosquitoes while you're trying to just brush your horse! Bubba and Gulliver got the coggins and shots this weekend. Guly was such a puppy dog, but Bubba actually needed to be twitched. :/ We had to get our current boys up to date before we bring Henny home in less than a month! I am so unbelievably excited, I can wait for my little cutie! Y'all will be in for a picture overlooooaaaddd when I do get him.
         
        07-30-2012, 09:36 PM
      #963
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Saskia    
    Horses don't always have to be so expensive. I mean they're not a cheap hobby, but many of my friends spend more money going out drinking than I spend each week on my horse.

    Its all about choosing. I'd love an indoor arena and a stable and such but if I want that I have to pay for it. I'd love to "board" my horse somewhere and have someone to feed my horse when I don't feel like going out there or whatever, but you have to pay for all those services.

    So I keep my horse paddocked places with large paddocks (more food) and with minimal facilities. It works out on average around the same price as lessons, less some weeks, more some weeks.
    There's a lot I'm willing to give up to properly care for a horse... really, I can live on about $15-$25 a week in groceries, and don't really need to go out. I just need to be able to take care of my student loans, my rent, and my doggies. (The dogs aren't included in the grocery quote--their food is about $60 a bag... only the best for them!)

    It seems that even the less expensive boarding places I can find are still considerably more pricey than lessons. I'm guessing I'd have to take fewer lessons (maybe bi-weekly) if I was boarding... but I don't think I'm really ready to do that yet. At some point, I suspect more riding time and fewer lessons will be the arrangement that helps me to progress the most, but I don't think I'm there yet. :(
         
        07-30-2012, 09:47 PM
      #964
    Green Broke
    Ok so first there's fricken killer bees at our barn. Omg!!!! They are some non native species that is extremely aggressive and will continuously sting you. They hunt and chase you down. Sadly I'm not exaggerating here. The exterminator comes tomorrow. So my epi pen stays close by.

    On a second note, I always said horses can be cheap as long as you budget. Yea.....right, that idea is gone. She eats all my money. And literally eats it. She got allergy Meds today.

    So who else has feed prices going up already? Not hay but feed? Fleet farm upped their prices by 17%!!!!!!!! That is ridiculous. So another call to the vet for alternatives. When one bag lasts 6 days and it's $3 more per bag that's a lot of money. Ugh.
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        07-30-2012, 10:14 PM
      #965
    nyx
    Weanling
    It feels like half my pay goes onto my horse. Although she us on my parents farm I gotta pay fuel out there her feed and always getting new tack as im training her I always find new things I need.

    Snapping left right and centre at work today. Definatley time to get a new job I say.
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        07-31-2012, 01:03 AM
      #966
    Green Broke
    "Barns" often cost a lot. The last place I kept my Rosie was a person I met through Pony Club who offered to let me keep her at their place for free.

    The place I am moving her to is $25 a week and has enough grass that she only really needs "hard feed". It's just a paddock on a property with other horses with a round yard and a not really arena.

    The thing that is going to cost me more than anything is petrol... people never consider transport when working out the cost of a horse and I really think that it can be the most expensive thing.

    Another big thing can be buying the right horse. I once had a big thoroughbred who would just eat and eat and eat and never put weight on really, and if he didn't have enough would drop weight quickly. A horse like that could easily cost double what I pay to feed Rosie, who gets fat on air.

    If you're not ready yet then wait, but start getting involved in the horse scene and growing contacts and maybe when the time comes you'll be able to do things a lot cheaper.
         
        07-31-2012, 01:32 AM
      #967
    Super Moderator
    I keep my horse in a rather small boarding facility with minimum service. The horses are pasture boarded 24/7 and the monthly cost (~ 140$) includes the use of an outdoor dressage arena, the use of trails, pasture upkeep, shelter upkeep, watering, salt and mineral licks, free choice hay during spring, autumn and winter and hard feed (whole oats) once a day. Also, the BO checks on all the horses daily to spot any possible injuries or illnesses, and adds any supplements to their hard feed, if the owners provide them. I also pay for once-a-month farrier visit (my horse goes barefoot, so no shoes needed), once-a-year teeth floating, the monthly loan payment, additional hard feed and supplements (including homeopathic worming), which comes to approximately 65$ a month. I would love to have a larger outdoor arena and an indoor arena though...but I don't miss stabling. My purpose was to keep my horse 24/7 pastured, he seems much happier like that and I know that it is much more healthier for him, too.
         
        07-31-2012, 01:39 AM
      #968
    Yearling
    Wow saranda can I board with you

    For $140/month we get an arena that's either hard as a rock or so mucky its unrideable. A 2 stalled tack room that doesnt even have stalls set up except in foaling season then people have to rotate horses. Unless you lock up your feed it will most likely get used by someone else because the feed shed is open on 1 side. The BO could probably care less about the state of most of the horses. I have actually contacted owners with horses looking under the weather because the BO won't do it. We get crappy hay during the winter, we have to clean our own waterers, the flies are horrible because of his lack of fly control, and he could really honestly care less about the horses. Instead of using the income from the stable to better the stable and improve it, he uses it on his cattle.
         
        07-31-2012, 01:54 AM
      #969
    Super Moderator
    Wow, that actually sounds pretty horrible, cowgirl. 0_o Well, all our boarders and the BO are more like a group of friends, some are even as close as a family to each other, we organise our own parties, competitions and group trail rides, celebrate Christmas and other major festivities together, share a little tack shed together and keep our private feeds in one place, too, just in seperate barrels, and nobody uses anything that belongs to somebody else without asking. The hay is always good quality and biologically raised/harvested, and we always help out each other, for example, if I see that another boarders' elderly horse is suffering from heat, I will by all means wash him to cool him down and let the BO and the boarder know about the situation. Also, all the income the BO gets, goes for the horses and for the upkeep of this place.

    The pastures could be better quality, though, because there were some problems with the upkeep last year and they are overgrazed at some places, but the BO is working on resolving the issue.

    By all means, if you move to Latvia, contact me and I'll let you know if we have an opening for another horse.
         
        07-31-2012, 02:17 AM
      #970
    Yearling
    Lol well the closest i'll get to Latvia is Italy. I'll be there in January until mid February so by all means if I can hop a train I'll come see you!

    There is another barn here that I do enjoy. I could board honey in pasture, they have an indoor heated arena, nice stalls, heated tack room, yoga studio, its a great barn overall, and the board is $180/month the only downfall is how far away it is from my home :/ that's why I like this place so much-i can run and check on my girl on my own! I am there twice a day in the winter, I stop there in the morning for a few minutes and after school because its only 5 minutes away from my house driving time. I do have some really close friends at the stable though and we look out for each other. We check each others horses and text or call each other if somethin is wrong. If we see each others horses are having heat or fly issues we will do something about it. Like I just found out that honey is allergic to citronella, so my friend who has a horse with the same problem let me use some of her spray until we got home and I could put her fly sheet on her.
         

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