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    12-17-2013, 08:04 PM
Lets see: $450 a month for board. $60 for farrier. $150 spring shots. $75 for teeth without sedative. 4 lessons a month $140. That's just for 1 horse
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    12-17-2013, 08:05 PM
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    12-17-2013, 08:13 PM
Our horses are at home, pasture+free choice hay, I trim their hooves, and we give all shots/etc ourselves except rabies that the vet gives. Our YTD expense total is ~$5255 for 5 horses, which includes hay, feed, vet, and wormers/first aid/misc/etc., so that's ~$88/month/horse. This year was more expensive than usual because we had the vet cost of gelding our colt, otherwise we typically don't see the vet except for rabies.
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    12-17-2013, 08:20 PM
Then there are people like me who pay $100 per month to a friend of my husband's. This includes board, hay, and grain. We help him cut/bale/collect/stack his hay. We feed when he's out of town, and help with vet/farrier. Vet costs about $100 for shots, about $100 for teeth, and $40 every 6 weeks for the farrier (she has high/low syndrome; we keep her on a very regular trim schedule).

I consider myself one of the lucky ones since cost wise she isn't that pricey. But factor in tack, shows, etc, and you're looking at a bit more.
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    12-17-2013, 08:25 PM
7 horses

Farrier every 8 weeks for 6 of them $180
Hay $240 a month
Beet pulp, hay cubes, pellets $310
Supplements around $100
Vet as needed last week I had to take my mare in for coggins and eye exam $180 that included meds
That does not include incidentals like fly spray, salves, treats ect.

I have them at home so no board.
    12-17-2013, 08:34 PM
Everything varies from location to location.

Farriers, vet, hay, boarding, etc. all vary between locations...I noticed that Michigan has lower boarding rates than those from other states.

An example would be that my friend, who lives in Tennessee, pays $650 board. Her barn includes: Indoor arena, outdoor arena, back room, warm room, stalls for about 30 horses (has option to be stalled or pasture board), trails, and wash rack with cold/hot water, bathroom. In Michigan I get the same features as my friend does but I only pay $350. Both our barns are about the same quality, very nice.

Another example would be different farriers. My old farrier would charge $50 for a trim, and my new farrier charges $35 for a trim. The old farrier, I believe, charged $120 for front shoes and my new farrier charges $80ish for shoes (never had my horse shoed with him before--only heard from friends)...I think vet bills will be a bit inelastic so I can't say much there. I got my fall/winter shots bill and it was about $130ish (around that ball park).

It all depends on area. Its very hard to breakup all the cost you sink into a horse into monthly fees.
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    12-17-2013, 08:39 PM
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It depends on the season and services, I'll approximate it all and add it up yearly then divide it by 12 to be more accurate. Like right now I'm not feeding hay but in winter I will. This is for one horse.

Agistment: $1560 per year
Feed: $780 per year
Hay: $400 per year
Farrier: $400 per year
Dental: $150 per year

So $3290 a year - $275 a month - $65 a week

Let it be noted that this is self care, so I feed my horse once or twice a day as needed, rug and unrug him daily. To pay for full care boarding would cost a lot more. Also, the hay is bought from a friend in bulk, the farrier is a friend and does a discount as part of a multiple horse deal. So right now I'm doing it cheap.

Last year I was doing self care somewhere else but with higher costs, so I'll give you the price there to give you an idea - per month

Agistment: $225
Feed and hay: $150
Farrier: $50

So all up $425 a month, $5100 a year, not including vets, dental etc.
Both these places had a grass riding area - so no proper arena, no stables, no indoor, no on property trails. Plus I spend a lot in transport (driving too and from). Right now I'm living on property, but that means an hour commute to town. Plus tack and other gear, and everything else. My horse is a good doer, when I had my TB I was spending probably about $220 on feed a month, so it really varies.
    12-17-2013, 08:54 PM
For me. With one horse.
Board: 250 a month (includes feed, grains and basic care
Farrier: 75 every 6-8 weeks
Teeth floating: 205$ (once a year)
Chiropractor: (as needed) 125
All the extra treats: 15 (per bag of cookies)
Hoof and coat supplement: 12$ a box
All my tack: way over 1000 dollars
Grooming supplies: 50$
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    12-17-2013, 09:06 PM
Green Broke
I have two horses, realitively easy keepers.
I have a 7 acre pasture. The horses are out during the day and in stalls at night.

In the summer I feed less hay and more in the winter.
I buy 400 bales of hay a year, the best I can find around here, at $5.00 a bale.

I feed a 40# bag of grain every 9 days, @ $12.00 per bag.

Every 6-7 weeks one horse gets a trim for $50 each time. The other horse gets handmade shoes with clips and borium, at $140. Then he gets the shoes reset twice for $110 each time, then back to new shoes for $140.

Shaving for the stalls.. I call one of my horses the URINATOR. Again more shaving in the winter less in the summer. I pay about Average $35 a horse per month. This is my most irritating expense.

Each horse goes to the dentist once a year. At $175 each. As they get older ,probably need to start going every 9 months.

Wormer twice a year @ $12 per horse per wormer tube.
Yearly shots including rabies and coggins, I have no idea, I married my vet.
Emergency vet or diognostics, Hubby is not a horse vet, I have a credit card for that.

Don't forget Fence repair, electric, water, tack, fly spray,
    12-17-2013, 09:16 PM
Originally Posted by MinuitMouse    
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NOTHING came up? You didn't try very hard. Here, some of these should help you out.

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