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post #1 of 58 Old 10-08-2010, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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How much do horses cost?

I really want to get a horse!! can someone tell me about how much they cost (aside from the price of the horse) including feed , hay, vet care, shoes and trimming, supplies, ect.

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post #2 of 58 Old 10-08-2010, 07:12 PM
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More than you could imagine....

Seriously, there is no way to accurately estimate the costs. An accident prone horse could need a dozen vet visits a year, while another only could only need a yearly vet visit.

Same with trimming and shoes. Where my horse is boarded there are horses who only need trims, horses that need a complete set of shoes and mine who has front shoes only. Mine needs the farrier every 4-5 weeks while others there are on a 6-8 week schedule.

Different horses have different feed requirements. There are 6 horses in the barn I board at and when I offered to feed while the BO was gone, I had a very specific list for each horse. Everything from soaked hay and alfalfa pellets for an ancient, toothless pony to plain grass hay only for others.

Then there's boarding, around here I could spend anywhere from $100 a month for unsheltered, pasture board where hay is given during winter only and no riding areas at all to $800 a month for a private box stall, turnout, blanketing, hay and grain included, plus multiple riding arenas and an indoor.
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It all varies. I have a 15.1hh quarter horse mare.
We pay $350 month for board.
$100 every 5 weeks for farrier.
dewormer costs $20 every couple months.
$60 to come out, $200 for teeth float once a year by vet.
$100 wellness exam I had to get this year as she was lame.
Tack costs anywhere from 100-1000s of dollars.
Horses cost alot, no matter what circumstances.
We are not going to board anymore, we are going to board at a smaller place over the winter. We have to buy hay, which will costs $800 for the winter.

You will have to check around, find a farrier, see boarding, vet costs in your area, to know how much it will really cost for YOU.
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It all varies. I have a 15.1hh quarter horse mare.
We pay $350 month for board.
$100 every 5 weeks for farrier.
dewormer costs $20 every couple months.
$60 to come out, $200 for teeth float once a year by vet.
$100 wellness exam I had to get this year as she was lame.
Tack costs anywhere from 100-1000s of dollars.
Horses cost alot, no matter what circumstances.
We are not going to board anymore, we are going to board at a smaller place over the winter. We have to buy hay, which will costs $800 for the winter.

You will have to check around, find a farrier, see boarding, vet costs in your area, to know how much it will really cost for YOU.
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Thanks for the advice! i will be keeping it at home though, we have about an acre that we can use for the horse. is that enough land?

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post #5 of 58 Old 10-08-2010, 07:37 PM
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Thanks for the advice! i will be keeping it at home though, we have about an acre that we can use for the horse. is that enough land?
The more the better, but an acre is perfectly fine for a horse space wise. Just keep in mind, though, that an acre won't feed your horse and you'll be needing to buy hay.

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post #6 of 58 Old 10-08-2010, 07:39 PM
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Here's a rough estimate: Horses cost roughly whatever you make. As there is always 'one more thing' to buy.

Seriously though, it varies substantially from horse to horse and owner to owner. For a first time horse owner that is boarding, I would say roughly $300-$500 a month once you factor in farrier, vet, worming costs, feed and board. This an estimate only and will be lower if you own your own property, have access to quality pasture and do all of the feeding/work yourself. Again it will be more expensive if you stall board at a flashy barn which will set you back around $450 a month in board alone.

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post #7 of 58 Old 10-08-2010, 07:58 PM
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For a 18 hand Percheron I pay:

$300 for full care board (includes hay, stall cleaning six days a week)
$250 shots each year
$300 dental care each yeaR
$900 year in trimming fees (approximate number. $100 per trim every 6-8 weeks)
$35 in wormer twice a year
$150 year for MSM supplement
$175 year for Mazolla Corn oil (supplement)
$50-1250 year for other vet needs (including emergencies)
$5-1000 any other miscellaneous funds

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post #8 of 58 Old 10-08-2010, 09:07 PM
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my horse costs

Board $50 per horse $16 per mini
Trim $30 per horse every 8 weeks ...minis son does so they are free
feed I buy round bales and it was $40 per bale this year
Shots... I give my own $12 per horse
Dewormer I buy in bulk and about $2 per tube average and I deworm every time the farrier is out.
My horses don't see the vet every year ...
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post #9 of 58 Old 10-08-2010, 11:11 PM
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Just a quick question- are you just getting into horses? If so, I wouldn't buy right away. I would suggest a lease, probably a half lease for two or three months and then a full lease. With the half lease you can get used to being with horses. The full lease will allow you to take him/ her home and understand the cost of a horse without actually owning the horse to make sure you really want to do it.

As far as how much they cost, it depends on the horse. We pay $175 a month for board, $20 every couple of months for worming, $75 every 6 weeks for the farrier, once a year $500 (AHH! SO MUCH!) for hock injections, probably around $100 a month for all of his feed, plus miscellaneous fees if he throws a shoe, needs the vet, etc.
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post #10 of 58 Old 10-08-2010, 11:29 PM
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The cheapest part about the new horse.....is the new horse.

If you buy an older, nothing-special horse in this economy it's anywhere from $400-700 in my area, and that means you'd be lucky to get any leg aids and there is probably various problems. Once in a bue moon you get something extremely lucky, like the owner being an idiot and not knowing she can sell her horse for triple what she's asking. If you see that, I would suggest you go for it before someone else does.

If you are keeping at your house, remembering hay. Our feed store has decent quality alfalfa for about ten a bale. We buy it buy the ton because we have a lot of horses, but I'd say if you only have the one horse I would buy about five bales at a time. I can't tell you how fast they would run out, but that would give you enough time to spare before having to buy again. And if you need to grain over the winter, that's also an extra expense.

Then the tack. If you don't already have tack, you could get a cheap-o saddle for maybe two-three hundred on craigslist. The bridle, a cheap-o one for 20 on craiglist. Then the bits....That just depends on what bit you want. Reins too, it depends. Saddle pads are at least $100 if you want a quality one, which is ridiculous in my opinion but it's true. This is why Craigslist is the best friend of first time horse owners.

Then the vet bills. I personally have never had to visit the vet in the past ten years, but when you do they are so expensive you maye get an anurism from looking at the bill.


Farrier. Front shoes = $50-$80, depending ont he farrier. Now imagine all four, every seven or so weeks. And if you need corrective shoes, or special shoes. My mare Annie needs silicone pads. That's $100 per shoe, per foot.

If you want to compete, equipment regulations. Like reining, you have to have skid boots, splint boots, curb bit, etc. Depending on what you do the equipment will have to be differant.


ALSO, if you only have the acre in the winter if it rains a lot that area will become muddy. Just watch for mud fever, thrush, and things like that. I had my Annie get mud fever so bad she couldn't stand up and we actually had to use a sling and the crane on my dad's service truck to lift her into a stall, and then we spent the next month treating her until she got better. And after that, she was never the same.

I'll come up with more later lol but for right now, I think I'm done ^^

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