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post #31 of 38 Old 12-18-2013, 06:59 AM
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How long is a piece of string??

I've had horses that have cost me 50 a month to keep, my current pony costs close on 500 a month!

I had 1 pony who saw the vet once a year for his vaccines for the 10 years I owned him, My current pony racked up 6000 in vet bills in the first 2 years but has not had a bill since.

Sorry but horse ownership Varys from horse to horse and place to place.
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I just want to clarify, no we would not be getting the feed for free, at all. I'm just trying to learn as much as possible.

She would just be keeping her horse with mine as a companion, she needed a place to put her horse, so I offered, and she said that she would pay $100 a month, just as a bit of income, we do not expect that to cover the costs at all

On my other topic, it was said that 1.5-2 acres would be okay considering that the pasture would be cleaned out regularly and there's a good amount of rain and good grass here..

I'm just trying to get an idea of what other people pay for their horses, I'm not in any way trying to figure out how much it costs here.

Hope this clears some things up :)

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post #34 of 38 Old 12-18-2013, 06:47 PM
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Less then 2 acres isn't going to keep two horses nourished. They will likely turn it into a dry lot within months. If they are lucky they might a little area to pick from if they don't frequent it. You will always need to supply them with hay... Winter, spring, summer and fall.
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post #35 of 38 Old 12-18-2013, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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They will always have hay

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post #36 of 38 Old 12-19-2013, 09:23 AM
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There is a house here that I drive by daily that has a horse and a small pony in about 1.5 acre pen. They have it divided so that one portion can recover while one portion is being eaten. They have managed to make it last about 3 yrs now. I noticed this summer the grass was very sparse and there were a lot of weeds the horses won't touch. They won't be able to pull it off next season. It's done, it needs rest. I also see they now have a second full sized horse. It will be mud. It sits down in a hollow like my land only I have 20 acres.

I was actually amazed they pulled it off for as long as they did. The girl went to school with my daughter. She has a reputation for being a good, sensible kid. I'm actually toying with the idea of inviting her to bring her horses here for the warm weather to let her land recover and give me a much needed hand in exchange. I'm not much for barn drama that often comes with young ladies. Have to think about it a bit. My yard could actually use the grazing pressure and I certainly could use a younger back around here.
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post #37 of 38 Old 12-19-2013, 12:26 PM
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I keep track of all my purchases in my checkbook register, so I can go back over the course of a year and have a pretty accurate estimate what my costs are. Costs will vary per month so some months are more expensive than other months - vaccines only two months out of the year, some months you have the farrier out and some you don't, horses eat more hay in winter than summer, etc. And as others have said, costs vary widely by geographic region. You will probably get more accurate info asking this question of other people who live in your area.

For what it is worth, here is my breakdown for 2 horses being kept at home and me providing all the labor.

Grain and supplements - $990 per year
One of my horses is a hard keeper and eats a 50 pound bag in 2 weeks. The other is an easy keeper and eats 1/2 cup of grain per day. I provide a free choice mineral block.

Hay - $960 per year
For me, hay is the highest variable cost. Market prices change, horses eat more if the average winter temp is 10 rather than 30, etc.

Farrier - $1187 per year
One horse is barefoot, one horse needs front shoes due to poor front end conformation.

Vaccines - $108 per year
For my area, I do West Nile, Potomac Horse Fever, EEE/WEE/tetanus, and flu. I do these myself. Have to have the vet do rabies.

Dewormer - $96 per year

Vet care - $449 per year
I account for three farm calls per year - one for my rabies/Coggins and two for emergencies.

Dental care - $240 per year

Misc. supplies - $458 per year
In the summer I use fly spray while riding. I use Shosheen in tails because I hate them being tangled. I leave some money aside for repairs to my barn, fence, and pasture (fixing rotten posts, fuel for tractor for mowing, etc). Remember that if you plan to provide pasture as feed, you will need to account for pasture management costs. I don't have enough space for my pasture to provide actual feed so I don't account for it.

This makes my average monthly cost $374 for two horses.

When you are thinking about what your own costs will be, overestimate. I made the mistake of not overestimating when I returned home from college and immediately bought two horses. I knew what costs were for the area and I assumed I could get by doing the cheapest of everything. I could afford the two horses if I bought the cheapest hay, used the cheapest farrier, etc. but in reality you can't and shouldn't get the "cheapest" of everything. That decision ended up causing me a lot of stress, because I couldn't afford the standard of care I knew my horses needed.
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post #38 of 38 Old 12-19-2013, 08:30 PM
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Iamone horse family and my mare is kept at our home. She has a one acre turn out area. I feed her round bales and do not supplement with anything. I go thru one round bale every 4-5 weeks. Price ranges from 90-120. I spend 100 on farrier every 8 weeks. I do my own vaccines and worming and that is not a monthly cost. The biggest expense will be getting all of your tack and getting things set up
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