While my has been at the trainer, I've been doing some thinking... It's past time to get horse #2. All I want is a steady going, older horse that is kid safe for my younger siblings (and of course me
) to ride. Because for one, my horse is being trained to be a WP show horse. He's got too many 'buttons' and might be a tad too hard to ride for my little siblings. For two, he needs a pasture mate. We have the room, so why not? My sister was going to get a horse for herself about 1 1/2 years ago (but she didn't end up wanting one anymore) so she got brushes, saddle pads, etc. I know we have the money for another horse. But I know my mom is going to question how we're going to afford keeping another one.
Our farrier/trimmer charges $25 per trim, and my horse gets his hooves done anywhere from 6-10 weeks. All depends.
Grain isn't too bad.. $17 per bag of strategy for example. my horse eats very minimal grain. Doesn't need it. But I do know that an older horse may need more.
Spring shots are $150 per horse (including coggins), and checkups for mishaps and whatnot are about $80-120 depending on what happened (And then yes, of course when worse comes to worse and a horse totally injures himself and we have to pay $4567890 for a vet bill, we have means of paying for emergencies)
The hay price is reeeeally varying around here. Anywhere from $6-$9 per bale. I have 1 "pasture" set up, and I'm about to fence in another one so my horse can rotate. They're at least 1.5 acres each.
And then I'm not even gonna worry about de-wormer.. That's only $10 and under
So I'm 99% sure we can afford this.. Just not sure if my mom is on the same page. I am going to get a job this summer as well (trainer offered me one) soo maybe that will help her feel easier about the money situation? I know it all depends on how much I get payed, but still.
Should I ask her about getting another horse? I'm honestly afraid she'll just shoot down the idea immediately.