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post #21 of 25 Old 01-29-2013, 07:30 AM
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Well four lessons per month for $45 dollars each is about $180, plus the random saddle pad/odd thing would make it around $210, but once I start showing and doing IEA I'm sure it will go up to around $300... Yikes. Good thing my parents pay for lessons! I just pay for the equipment and eventually showing.

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post #22 of 25 Old 01-29-2013, 08:02 AM
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Until six years ago, I spent more on my dogs and cats than I ever spent on the horses because I rarely had vet bills for the horses.

That all changed when one horse was diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome in 2007.

A second horse was diagnosed with insulin resistance in 2010 and severely foundered in March, 2012.

I have four horses ages 17, 18, 25, 26+. I am retired and thankfully made a decent income all my life, as it is now safe to say all my S.S. money goes to the horses

Mr. WTW still works because he's a Hypertensive Type A that doesn't know how to sit still - good thing because I frequently have subsidize barn expenses with his paycheck

Sooooo --- while I refuse to add everything up, it's safe to say I spend a BIG CHUNK OF CHANGE

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post #23 of 25 Old 01-29-2013, 08:30 AM
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I think it's best for me to look at the expenses...
I just keep looking at the big ticket items I desperately need.
Chiro for Sassy..
Dentist for all 4..(anyone got a cost estimate for that?)
New saddle that will fit big ol Playboy.
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post #24 of 25 Old 01-29-2013, 10:38 AM
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I budget around $500 per month for boarding, feed, farrier and maintenance. During show season, I add between $300-$500 more for show expenses. I figure we spend around $10,000 per year.
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post #25 of 25 Old 01-29-2013, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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It is hard to add it all up and face that amount! And yes, husbands don't need to know all the details

I currently spend over $500 on a half lease and weekly lessons so actual ownership would be at least double that ; )
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