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post #11 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 12:14 PM
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I pay 1050$ for hay thats a years worth in round bales grain i spend 85 for the summer thats the only time i feed grain. Last summer i spent 940$ for farrier work that did include shoeing two horses and trim one. Shoes on all four was 85 with pads on front hoofs. Trims were 20 shoe the fronts was 50$. Vet visits once a year cost about 95$ for coggins and shots. As far as vet bills you better save some horses do get hurt and sick so that can cost$$$$. I have my horses at home so dont have to pay board so i save a bit there. Plus i have a new farrier so iam paying more now for trims and shoeing.
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post #12 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 12:36 PM
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I'll play... (using my oldest and my youngest horse to show the wide range of variables)

I board at my house so no monthly fee, only care is listed:

My senior horse:
$40 Seniorflex supplement (Dumar brand) ($480 annual)
$16*4=$64 feed (about a bag a week, maybe more) ($768 annual)
$25 barefoot trim every 4 - 6 weeks ($200 annual)
$7 dewormer every 3 months (ish) ($28 annual)
$19 sandclear monthly ($228 annual)
$200 annual shots
$300 emergencies
(no dental - only 4 teeth)
I did not list hay for him because he really doesn't eat it, although I would geuss if he were my only horse we'd go through about a bale a week

$2204 annual care estimate with no board fees for my senior horse.

My 7 year old gelding

$40 Smartflex supplement (Dumar brand) ($480 annual)
$40 Adequan shot ($480 annual)
$25 Smartcalm ($300 annual)
$25 Farriers Formula ($300 annual)
$50 Smartsox ($600 annual)
$16*4=$64 feed (about a bag a week, maybe more) ($768 annual)
$60 aluminum shoes every 4 - 6 weeks ($480 annual)
$7 dewormer every 3 months (ish) ($28 annual)
$200 annual shots
$300 emergencies
$200 floats
$50 hay ($600 annual)
$80 lesson ($960 annual)
$500 show ($2000 annual)

$7696 That's my estimate..... although last years vet bills were closer to $2000....

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post #13 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 02:07 PM
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I spend $6220 a year, just in board and farrier costs.

Vet costs, vaccination, teeth floated, lessons, tack, supplements etc are all additional to that.
No wonder I am broke!
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post #14 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 02:09 PM
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As long as you don't tell my husband, here's my costs....

Keeping a horse: $2260 - multiply by two because I have two horses.
Feed: $200/ton delivered ($1200 annual)
Supplements: $40/month ($480 annual)
Farrier: $35/trim each month ($420 annual)
Routine shots: $100/year
Worming: $15/every 3 months ($60)
Board: Free!

Riding a horse: $3300
Tack: never-ending. Let's say $100/month average - however you will be above average since you don't have anything yet ($1200 annual)
Lessons: $600/year
Events: $1500

What I save on board and lessons (I have very nice arrangements for each), I spend on endurance events lol. These are just my personal costs and don't even include emergencies or the initial price of the horse, and I'm constantly adjusting my tack to be the best it can for us. *sigh* not going to lie, I wish I hadn't added it up :S oh well, there's nothing else that I'd rather be spending my money on!
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post #15 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 02:12 PM
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So..... $10k/year for two horses that I'm actively showing but also sharing tack between the two?
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post #16 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 02:20 PM
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I'll play I suppose:

-board, feed, & ferrier (it gets lumped together because he's at my parents & they write 1 check to the ferrier). $720 / yr
-old man upkeep supplement $432 / yr
-vet (last year, which was our worst in 19 yrs) $982
-Chiro $800 / yr (I hope)

BUT, I've ridden for most of my life and have accrude all the equipment as I went along. Replacement value on my equipment is about $6000.

In the past (early 90's), my(parents) yearly expenses were around $7000 a year (not including tack). I only remember that because my parents made me keep track of EVERYTHING to give me a little taste of reality.

In other words, if you got paid minimum wage for 40 hours a week with ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER BILLS, you should keep your head above water ;)

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post #17 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 03:48 PM
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Justice Love'n Care Animal Rescue in Kitchener, ON posted a lengthy cost analysis of the cost of ownership, and I thought it was quite interesting. You can visit their page on Facebook at Keep in mind that this is cost of upkeep in the Greater Toronto Area, and it will differ in each region, country, etc. The following is from their Facebook Page:

What Justice Love 'n Care Animal Rescue figured out, this does NOT include building fencing, stalls, barn, brushes, training equipment, or tack- This is just to give people a general idea :0)


HAY- $120 a month/$1440 a year based on the price of high quality hay rounds weighing 800 pounds and costing $120 a round, without use of pasture and purchasing you hay.

BEDDING- $40 a month/ $240 based on using straw at $2.00 a bale and stalling 6 months a year.

GRAINS- $25 a month/ $300 a year(we are basing this on 1 bag of grain a month, but every horse is different)

FARRIER COSTS- $350 based on paying a farrier $50 every 8 weeks

MINERALS- $15 a month/ $180 a year

VET COSTS- $300 based on 2 visits yearly, no complication, and basic vaccinations (every vet is different, call fees are different, they recommend different vaccinations, and starting initial vaccinations is more expensive as you need boosters)


The cost per month- If you are looking at a healthy horse from home- there are various expenses- HAY- a horse will eat 1.5-3% of its body weight in hay a day. The average 1000 pound horse will eat 22 pounds of hay a day. In the winter, horses eat more to help insulate themselves. Right now hay is expensive- you are looking at about $7 a small square (35-40 pounds). Medium rounds are costing us $120 in our area (that is about 800 pounds of hay). That would be about 1 round bale per 1000 pound horse per month. BEDDING- I am picky when I stall my guys. It cost me about $40 per month for bedding with straw- a lot more for high quality horse shavings. GRAIN- Your horse may or may not need grain. It depends- are you working your horse, does he or she have a hard time keeping weight on, are there other health concerns. There are so many different feed products there- I would suggest talking to a vet. Grain can be as little $0 a month if you do not need it, and to $100 + depending on what is going on with your horse. FARRIER- Farrier service can vary too- who does your horses feet? How far do they need to travel? Does yous horse need shoes, special adjustments- farrier service should be done every 6-8 weeks. I have heard of prices from $10 upto $100 + depending.

MINERALS- your horse will always need a mineral. It keeps them healthy and drinking- I get my guys a multi mineral- you can buy them at TSC or a local feed store- and prices vary from $5 upto $120- depending on size and type. I buy the BIG ones because we have so many horses. VET- An equine vet has a call fee. Every vet has different pricing and protocols as well. It is safe to say that the starting call fee is about $40. My vet charges an additional $3 a minute that they are here. Vaccinations vary too- the 5 way equine is about $70, tetanus is $20, and rabies another $25. Every facility is different- if you board different vaccinations may be required- and can include strangles.

DEWORMING- we deworm when a horse first arrives, and with the change of every season. We switch wormers so that they take care of different species. The average wormer costs $15 in Canada- go to TSC in the US and you can get a double pack for $8.

TACK and BLANKETS- Cost varies- are you willing to buy used or go to an auction. It is important to make sure your tack fits the horse properly. And also that is fits you as well.

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post #18 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 07:42 PM
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Board: Whatever your area costs.
Shots: Twice a year @ $200 a pop
Shoes: Every 6 weeks on average $160 a set in my area
Supplements: About $50 a month for my hard keeper. (older horse would probably need something for joint health)

Stuff: Saddle, bridle, blankets, brushes, saddle pads, leg protection, whatever cool thing they have on sale in the current Dover catalog, etc.

I keep an extra $1000 set aside at all times for emergencies. Any vet call automatically results in $200 bill, and if it's a bad thing, I have a $500 deductible on my horse insurance, so that covers me for anything.

Pretty much if you buy a horse who is not accident prone and healthy, you're just looking at board, shots and shoes....oh and stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. You'll be horse poor, but very very happy.

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post #19 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 07:47 PM
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LOTS! Generally at the same time bills are due and the car breaks down!
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post #20 of 24 Old 02-06-2013, 09:29 PM
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I cannot believe I actually added it up. As mentioned, these costs will vary greatly. We show at small open shows, so our expenses are higher then someone who does not show, but cheaper than serious competitors. We pasture board at a full care facility with two covered arenas, twice a day grain and free access to hay.

Horse Costs
$375 board = $4500 / yr.
$325 lessons every 6 weeks = $2800 / yr.
Show fees & Expenses (8 shows per year) = $3,000 / yr.
Coggins = $25 / yr.
Shots and Worming = $250 / yr.
$35 / 6 weeks Farrier (barefoot) = $300 / yr.
$82 / month supplements (joint/hoof/coat/mare manager) = $984 / yr.

Total: $11,859

Does NOT include variables like tack, blankets, supplies, trailer payment, play day entries, vet bills for injury ($800 in 2012), gas to drive to-from barn, etc.

I probably spend $3,000 on random expenses throughout the year. 2013 will be more expensive due to purchasing two new saddles because my daughter outgrew her old ones.
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