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        01-28-2013, 08:11 PM
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    I'm paying about $190 a month right now, because I'm actually getting free board for my mare because I feed with another girl every evening for the barn (40 or so horses). The $250 comes from paying half-board for my filly ($100) and feed for both her, my mare, and part of the feed for another filly that I'm helping rehabilitate. Hay is included in my board thankfully, and they're pastured so no shavings or anything. Then theres the trimming every 5 weeks, worming, suppliments (just for the my mare's filly) and that sort of thing. Once sell my filly though in the next week or two, my costs should dip down to $90.

    If I didn't feed every evening though and paid full board for both of my horses, I'd be paying a whopping $475 a month, and I'm only a part time paid 17 year old! Eeek.
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        01-28-2013, 08:16 PM
    I added it up a few months ago and wanted to cry lol, it was more then my paycheck and I had been continual putting everything I could on my credit card and only paying the minimum off. I've since cut my costs by 350/month by bringing her back to my moms where I don't pay board, but I still have a huge credit card bill that I'm working on paying off...really screw myself on that one lol...oh and my other half has no idea lol
        01-28-2013, 08:30 PM
    Right now not too much... He is at my parent's place. I have to pay for hay, dewormer, etc. I think my hay bill this year for him was a little over $100. I get my brother to trim him so no cost there. Sadly, he is 3 1/2 hours away from where I live. Next fall when I get back from BC, my cost will be going up as I hope to move my horses (hopefully three by then) down here. I will have my gelding and my mare who will probably be feeding a foal (due in Oct... no I didn't breed her, she came bred). I am hoping to find a place to rent or buy. I really don't want to have to board them because that will add up to a lot!
        01-28-2013, 08:33 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Drifting    
    An amount I chose to ignore. <.<
    I'm in this catagory. I purposely have all feed and supplements spaced out so I have to buy new stuff constantly so it's not one purchase. This way I never actually see the monthly total.

    But I can tell you I spend more on extras, almost double, than I do on her board, and I work at my barn....
        01-28-2013, 08:53 PM
    Between board and farrier I spend $500 a month on one horse. That's without vet and other costs.

    Not willing to say what proportion of my income that is, as it's directly saying what my income is.
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        01-29-2013, 12:57 AM
    For board, feed, feet and worming - approx $150 for one horse. All my horses are very easy keepers and I buy bulk so over a month it doesn't work out to much. If I worked it out annually the amount would be quite a few thousand per horse when I add in teeth, shots, vet bills etc
        01-29-2013, 01:25 AM
    Green Broke
    For Oliver I used to pay 500 for board then moved him last year to my current trainers that is 300 and way better care! Board includes hay/grain and about 1/2 acre of pasture.

    For my hobby:
    Estimated $400-600 in clinics this year maybe more
    If we do schooling shows this year - $300-500
    If we extend an EI show-250-350?

    Shoes every 6-8 weeks $100
    His ulcer meds $30 each month
    And about $50-70 in gas money each month
        01-29-2013, 01:34 AM
    The only thing I have an actual number on is hay. And everything else is variable.
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        01-29-2013, 01:36 AM
    Green Broke
    Oh lease on Maverick per month is only $150 because I work at the barn where he's kept. I spend about $80 a month to compete and I should be paying more for trailer fees but I work extra at the barn for free trailering. I buy tack quite often too so there's that expense obviously that varies. Then there's my insurance which is $40 for the year and there's the riding club membership which is also $40 for the year :p So total? Idk too lazy to do the math :p

    As for income oh gosh. I don't have a job because I'm still in school so I don't have time between barn and school. So I babysit every two weeks for one person and earn $20 and sometimes other people will contact me for a babysitter...but that's all. So my mom takes care of most of the leasing fee per month and I take care of everything else :p
        01-29-2013, 01:36 AM
    I board, buy my own feed and wormer, plus save some money for my horse fund which usually covers farrier, vet, or any other unforeseen expenses. That comes to about $400 per month. Plus, I work my butt off at my barn for reduced board. The money doesn't come easy for me, but I make it work because my horse is very important to me. More important than buying nice clothes, or driving a newer car, or going out every Friday night and spending $100 on food and drinks. I happily sacrifice those things. I would rather put on my worn out jeans and my muddy sweatshirt with hay in the pockets, get in my beat up old truck, and drive to the barn and spend my Friday night with my horse.
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