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    12-17-2013, 08:56 PM
  #21
Green Broke
We have 10 horses and a mule colt. We also have 4 horses and a filly of other people's with ours.

When we boarded our horses, we only had 6 at that time. Cost of boarding was $200 per horse per month. That included hay.

Farrier costs have been about the same even with different farriers at $30 for a trim and $100 for shoes. We usually have them done about every 8 weeks. Sometimes longer in winter since the hooves don't grow as fast.

Since we have them at our place, it is a little cheaper but it takes more of my time. We don't have pasture so they get hay all year. You can figure one horse will eat about 1 round bale each month, depending on quality and size of the bale. Last winter, we were paying $80 for each bale. This year, I found a local hay guy and we're paying $55 a bale.

During the winter there are more costs for heating the water tanks. I haven't figured out exactly how much more.
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    12-17-2013, 09:34 PM
  #22
Weanling
We have 2 and an arrangement for the vet who gave them to us. We keep our horses at home so have no boarding costs. However there is always something needing to be repaired that costs like fences, gates, the shelter or barn roof, etc.

Feed is two types of hay plus 2 types of senior feed, about $250/month.
Farrier is $40/horse every 8-10 weeks (we do not shoe).

That is really about it except for the random things that you can't account for like needing a new set of hoof boots or over the counter medications.
     
    12-17-2013, 09:57 PM
  #23
Weanling
It really depends on your area, the level of maintenance your horse requires, and availability of professionals and resources. The cost of living in my area happens to be incredibly expensive so anything equine related is of course too. If you travel about an hour away from my area you'll see prices drop off but are still quite expensive.

Some of the basics for one horse:

Dirt cheap self care pasture board runs about $350 a month. Partial care board is about $400-500 and full care board is about $700+. If it's a barn that specializes in a certain discipline they can easily run over $1000/month.

Just the farm call for the vet can run about $50-75 depending on how far away you are. I reduced some costs by doing some things myself such as immunizations.

The cheapest I've ever paid for just a trim was about $45. Half set of shoes varied from $75-95. Cheapest full set was $120. I know farriers who charge over $200 for a full set.

I remember a few years back beet pulp only cost $12/bag. Now it runs over $25/bag. I've had to buy grain that cost me up to $60/bag for a 30 day supply.

I suspect if you own your own place you have to factor in mortgage, cost of barn and land maintenance, insurance, etc.
     
    12-17-2013, 11:30 PM
  #24
Foal
We would get hay and grain from friends, farrier here charges $35 dollars for trim, would have ~1.5-1.8 acres, we have apples growing there, so practically free treats, and my parents would most likely just pick up a pack. Vet... Umm.. My cousins fiancÚ is a horse vet, I'm not sure if she actually lives in this province though, so I could probably just ask her to point us to another vet that is good priced.
I think we can handle the worming and things, and I forgot to mention, we most likely won't be getting her shod, unless its insisted.

Is it fair, if there's a person keeping their horse with you for $100 a month, you just give them food, check them for injuries, pick their feet, let them stay in the pasture with shelter and water, and supplements, like the basic needs? Or would we also pay farrier costs and vet stuff and other things, or do they pay it?

And vets usually float their teeth, correct?
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    12-18-2013, 12:02 AM
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We would get hay and grain from friends, farrier here charges $35 dollars for trim, would have ~1.5-1.8 acres, we have apples growing there, so practically free treats, and my parents would most likely just pick up a pack. Vet... Umm.. My cousins fiancÚ is a horse vet, I'm not sure if she actually lives in this province though, so I could probably just ask her to point us to another vet that is good priced.
I think we can handle the worming and things, and I forgot to mention, we most likely won't be getting her shod, unless its insisted.

Is it fair, if there's a person keeping their horse with you for $100 a month, you just give them food, check them for injuries, pick their feet, let them stay in the pasture with shelter and water, and supplements, like the basic needs? Or would we also pay farrier costs and vet stuff and other things, or do they pay it?

And vets usually float their teeth, correct?
(Ooh, my grandpas learning he now knows to not use barbed wire )
Since you're not boarding, I can't really help with most of the breakdown.

My best piece of advice? Don't spend your energy trying to look on the internet for this information. Ask all of the horse people you can find in YOUR area. Even something so simple as hay costs can vary widely from one place to another. Find as many hay suppliers as possible, and call them for prices. Don't assume that your friends will have the highest quality or lowest prices in hay. And, ask them! Inquiring from the source directly is MUCH more helpful than any info I could give you about hay prices in Louisiana. Same with shavings. Even regular vet expenses can vary greatly. Ask your vet family for recommendations, and contact that vet about the costs of their procedures.

Unless you're being robbed blind, there is no way that you can get all of a boarder's horse's expenses paid for with $100 a month. At my barn $120 will get you pasture board and hay. NOTHING else. No feet picking, blanketing, feeding, and certainly not any supplements. DEFINITELY no farrier and vet costs included! The pasture board horses aren't checked on a daily basis, though the barn manager will obviously contact the owner and handle a medical situation if necessary.
     
    12-18-2013, 12:07 AM
  #26
Green Broke
Why would you budget for or worry about treats? Not the thing you should be conceded about.

I wouldnt expect free vet care from family.

On 1.5 acres your going to have to worry about manure removal and mud. You may have to pay for a dumpster.

Idk what the trims go for in your area, but $35 is the cheapest I've ever heard of. It be very wary! Also, what if your horse need two shoes, or 4?

Again, hay and grain.. you cannot rely on friends. My friend just learned that the hard way. Her hay cost doubled plus a few extra $.

As for board, I doubt you will barely break even after the cost of feed and the time its going to take for you to care for the horses.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think you lack the real world experience necessary to keep horses in your own backyard. I do believe that no question is a stupid question, but your questions and depth of knowledge is very elementary. I know everyone has to start somewhere, and I commend you for starting this long journey, but I really think you need work, care and learn about horses under the wing of a professional. Not the internet.
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    12-18-2013, 12:11 AM
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I wish you well, and I am not here to rain on your parade, but to inject caution and reality:

Regardless of friendship, you will have to pay for hay and feed. Friends are not providers of free stuff for very long, and that is a quick way to lose friends. These things must be grown, cut, processed, packaged, and delivered. All of which costs.

1.5-1.8 acres is not much. This area will cost money and time to maintain, and you will likely be supplementing all year round.

You will not be able to chose the cheapest vet, you will have to chose the nearest good equine vet. Allow $500 per annum per horse for routine vet bills, and save $4000 in a pot somewhere for emergency vet costs. They happen....

Wormers you have to pay for, vaccinations you have to buy even if you are administering yourself.

My 'shoeless' horse has just finished 9 months of front shoes because of a relatively minor hoof crack that became major, that eventually had to be drilled out by the vet. Sometimes shoes happen...

The owner of the boarding horse is responsible for all their horses costs. Do a search on boarding agreements for more info on them.

Finally - I know this is a lot to learn, and kudos to you for seeking out the information. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, so I congratulate you on not being a fool.

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Originally Posted by MinuitMouse    
We would get hay and grain from friends, farrier here charges $35 dollars for trim, would have ~1.5-1.8 acres, we have apples growing there, so practically free treats, and my parents would most likely just pick up a pack. Vet... Umm.. My cousins fiancÚ is a horse vet, I'm not sure if she actually lives in this province though, so I could probably just ask her to point us to another vet that is good priced.
I think we can handle the worming and things, and I forgot to mention, we most likely won't be getting her shod, unless its insisted.

Is it fair, if there's a person keeping their horse with you for $100 a month, you just give them food, check them for injuries, pick their feet, let them stay in the pasture with shelter and water, and supplements, like the basic needs? Or would we also pay farrier costs and vet stuff and other things, or do they pay it?

And vets usually float their teeth, correct?
(Ooh, my grandpas learning he now knows to not use barbed wire )
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    12-18-2013, 12:57 AM
  #28
Foal
I'd go to the feed store if I were you, and price things out. And then call around for the different farriers and see what they charge.

The thing is, what anyone spends per month is really going to vary by so much, it'd be hard for you to get a good idea unless it was someone who was local to you. Out here in California, prices are so vastly different, it's almost not funny.
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    12-18-2013, 03:05 AM
  #29
Foal
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How many horses:_
Hay:$_
Farrier:$_
Vet:$_
Other: list others
-:$_
-:$_

Etc
Aloha! I'm in Hawaii and I pay roughly these prices per month, also keep in mind my horse is an easy keeper so it really depends on your area and what type of care your horse will need:

1 horse
$40 for a full stack of Timmy which lasts a month
$17 a week on alf/oat cubes
$200 boarding fee (which doesn't apply to you)
$20 supplements

$120 farrier every 6 weeks
$27 deworming every 3 months
$95 chiropractor every 6 wks
$60 minimum for yearly vet checks
$200 teeth floating (once a yr for my horse)


If you're just starting out, that's when things get really expensive because you need to gather all these misc items: a first aid kit for your horse, buy proper tack, riding gear, brushes, hoof picks, fly spray and mask, shavings, aye!! You can see how this could (and will) add up fast!!!! But it's all totally worth it. Good luck!
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    12-18-2013, 04:18 AM
  #30
Green Broke
You can't rely on your feed friends, or your vet friends. That's the best way to lose friends. Feed suppliers who are friends are good because they do favours for you, like they might put aside the best cut of hay, order in something special or make a delivery when you really need it. The friendship should never be translated to you getting free feed. Find out the standard price for feed and base it on that. Go to your local feed store and create your budget, if your friends can offer you better deals down the track then that's great, but don't rely on it.

Horses always cost more than you think. On your own property it's more expensive. Fencing, watering, property maintenance, dealing with manure etc is expensive. Plus if your horse isn't good alone you might have to get a second one.

I'm not sure about your $100 question, are you thinking of providing board for someone? It's not going to be all profit, after feed and time you won't be making much. Remember insurance as well - if anything goes wrong you don't want to be liable. Plus 1.5 acres is pretty small.
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