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View Poll Results: How many horse do you own?
0-3 43 70.49%
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post #11 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 07:29 PM
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Have 2 but will be adding another for dad then next year one for momma. After I get mine we need a trailer though. Hope to get my girls back into doing fair shows in the fall
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 07:43 PM
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I would never be able to do that. I live in the city in a rental and I'm retired. I will be riding a borrowed horse, if I can ever find another one after my injuries heal. A typical stable here is about 500 dollars with all included. If you want insurance on the animal that is another 250. And then there are the incidentals of riding.

Like I said, you have a property where you can keep him, obviously, and that's fabulous. But vet bills could set you back a ton. And I don't blame you for not wanting to feed six horses during the winter.
Let's look at it this way: If you don't ride and only care for your horses that is about 2 and a half hours in the a.m. And at evening fall. Let's presume you can get baled hay for 6 dollars a piece. And that you only need ten bales a week. That is 60 dollars. Then you might want to supplement the hay and pasture with 5 lbs per horse per day which might be as much as 20 dollars every two days, for another 80 dollars a week. Then the salts and other little treats....say about 30 dollars per week. Am I making sense here? Too high? Too low? For basics it's at least 160 per week.

How does your budget fit with that?
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 09:52 PM
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I would never be able to do that. I live in the city in a rental and I'm retired. I will be riding a borrowed horse, if I can ever find another one after my injuries heal. A typical stable here is about 500 dollars with all included. If you want insurance on the animal that is another 250. And then there are the incidentals of riding.

Like I said, you have a property where you can keep him, obviously, and that's fabulous. But vet bills could set you back a ton. And I don't blame you for not wanting to feed six horses during the winter.
Let's look at it this way: If you don't ride and only care for your horses that is about 2 and a half hours in the a.m. And at evening fall. Let's presume you can get baled hay for 6 dollars a piece. And that you only need ten bales a week. That is 60 dollars. Then you might want to supplement the hay and pasture with 5 lbs per horse per day which might be as much as 20 dollars every two days, for another 80 dollars a week. Then the salts and other little treats....say about 30 dollars per week. Am I making sense here? Too high? Too low? For basics it's at least 160 per week.

How does your budget fit with that?
$250 a month for insurance? What kind if insurance do you have? I don't think that we even pay that for all of our horses for a year.

We have 10 horses and a mule. We only ride on the weekends. My wife mainly rides her horse and I'm left to ride the others unless we have friends out. The mule is only 8 months old and one other has just turn 2 and not being rode yet.

I work a full time job and my wife works 2 part time jobs. That's also why we don't ride during the week.

Besides daily watering, I usually only put out round bales on the weekends. We did use square bales but that was a once a day chore. I put out enough bales in a feeder and they had hay until the next day.
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 10:06 PM
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I have a mini horse, 2 ponies, a mini donkey, and 3 regular sized horses. My husband and I both ride (and are now getting into driving) and we both work full time to support our hobby.

To me trying to support six horses on two part time job wages sounds like it could be quite the stretch. More costs in feed, hoof care, and vaccines. Not to mention potential emergencies or health issues. Trust me, finding yourself with too many horses than you can handle - either with time or finances - is not a good place to be. If you do seriously consider this I would highly recommend budgeting out what it would cost and make sure you can afford it without making yourself too tight.

Also, you sold him the first time for a reason. What was it?

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #15 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 10:12 PM
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If it were me, personally, I'd go for it. Whether you wind up keeping him in the end or not. But that's just me as I get extremely attached to horses.

I own two currently, I've been halfways looking for a third for a while now and haven't actually wound up getting anything. Eventually I'll have another, or two, or three. Two is my minimum. I have a leaser for my youngest mare right now for a couple days a week, and not because of cost. Right now I simply don't have the time to bring her along 5-6 days a week and show her like she deserves. Some weeks I can, some I can't, so thankfully my leaser is very flexible in her days and willing to do less days some weeks so I can ride more if I'd like.

I have a lot on my plate, and will have even more in the fall, so an understanding boyfriend really helps on my end Somehow I find the time to be at the barn 7 days per week - sometimes twice per day. I try to ride at least 3 days per week in fall/winter, and 5-7 in spring/summer.
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