How much $ does it cost per horse, per month?

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    12-17-2013, 07:35 PM
How much $ does it cost per horse, per month?

Please post who much money it costs each month for each horse :) don't post each horse, just what it costs to own them, like this

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    12-17-2013, 07:38 PM
Green Broke
    12-17-2013, 07:42 PM
That's going to vary a LOT by location, time of year, weather and amenities. I can spend anywhere from $50/month (backyard kept) to $2000 a month in the same area.
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    12-17-2013, 07:44 PM
Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
That's going to vary a LOT by location, time of year, weather and amenities. I can spend anywhere from $50/month (backyard kept) to $2000 a month in the same area.
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But can you post what you pay? Please? 😥
    12-17-2013, 07:52 PM
There are a LOT LOT LOT of threads JUST like this. IF you use the search function you might be able to find some that can help you. This is a pretty common topic.
    12-17-2013, 07:54 PM
Most of these expenses can't really be broken down to a monthly cost- for example, a healthy horse might only see the vet twice yearly for vaccinations and dental float. Other expenses get rolled up together, like full care board including hay and grain.

But to answer your question as best I can-
Board (includes hay but not hard feed)- $290
Hard feed & supplements- $50
Farrier- $25 ($50 every 8 weeks for trim only)

That doesn't include things like lessons, equipment (there always seems to be something new to buy...), regular vet care, emergency vet care, insurance, etc.
    12-17-2013, 07:55 PM
Green Broke
In my area commercial barns can cost around $800. A show barn will cost you about $1000-2000. A backyard barn will cost you about $600. Each have there benefits.

This summer I had the opportunity to "co own" then buy out the horse. My friend and I were going to split everything down the middle and keep it in her backyard. The break down turned out to be roughly $400 a month average or $6000 dollars a year. That is NOT including hind shoes, extra things like hoof oil, tack, fly spray, buckets, blankets, emergency vet/farrier, supplements, etc. It would probably total about $8000 a year. That's not board, it would be horse only needs.
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    12-17-2013, 07:56 PM
For me the costs are as follows

2 Horses
Hay $200 monthly
Grains $40 monthly
Farrier $100 every 6 weeks more if someone has shoes
Vetting I put away $100 a month into an already sizable fund, the last emergency vet call cost me $60
Supplements $30 monthly

Then there's things like:

Dental $200 every 6 months-year as needed
Bought new winter blankets this year at $90 each
New heated water tub at $120

I also have to work for their board picking stalls and feeding horses at the co-op in which they are boarded 6-7 days a week, the gas for that alone is $60 a week.

Its not a cheap hobby for sure and there are lots of things I'm sure I'm forgetting but these are my basic expenses.
    12-17-2013, 08:01 PM
Green Broke
For me, full board (stall board with hay/grain included) is $430/month. That, along with $90 every 6 weeks for shoes, is what I expect every month at a minimum. There is lots more that is spent on my horse, but it varies from month to month. Yearly teeth floating, vaccinations, wormer, tack, supplies, etc. I can't really break it down for you into a monthly cost.
    12-17-2013, 08:03 PM
We have a place, we won't be boarding :)

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