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post #1 of 22 Old 03-31-2012, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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How much does it cost to keep a horse

im getting my first horse soon and I really need to know how much it will cost
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-31-2012, 10:57 AM
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A LOT.
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Run took words from my mouth: a lot. At least for me.

Do you plan to board or keep in your own place? It's usually cheaper to keep in own place BUT the maintenance (fences, seeding, etc.) also will be part of the expenses.

If you board: price of the board (in my area $200+ for the bad place usually with no ring to $$$ for the nice place), trim every 4 to 8 weeks (depending on horse, and some need shoes on, which is usually 2-3 times more expensive), yearly shots and coggins, yearly teeth floating, deworming (that depends, some people do it every 2 months, I do fecal count and deworm 2-3 times/year), tack (saddle/bridle/pad/halter/lead rope/etc.), grooming supplies, first aid kit, fly spray/fly mask, possibly blanket(s), a fund for the vet care in case of emergency.

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post #4 of 22 Old 03-31-2012, 11:35 AM
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yes they cost a lot but its worth it in the end
Why don't you look into leasing at first that way you
Have the full cost and then decide if owning a horse is the way to
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Run took words from my mouth: a lot. At least for me.

Do you plan to board or keep in your own place? It's usually cheaper to keep in own place BUT the maintenance (fences, seeding, etc.) also will be part of the expenses.

If you board: price of the board (in my area $200+ for the bad place usually with no ring to $$$ for the nice place), trim every 4 to 8 weeks (depending on horse, and some need shoes on, which is usually 2-3 times more expensive), yearly shots and coggins, yearly teeth floating, deworming (that depends, some people do it every 2 months, I do fecal count and deworm 2-3 times/year), tack (saddle/bridle/pad/halter/lead rope/etc.), grooming supplies, first aid kit, fly spray/fly mask, possibly blanket(s), a fund for the vet care in case of emergency.
I plan to board my horse, and thanks for telling me
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It's going to vary from place to place. Personally, most of my horse expenses (board) are free because I work for the barn, but I have to pay for everything else. Here's the breakdown, including board:

Board: $500/month (includes hay and grain. Field board, no stall)
Farrier: $35 every 6 weeks (trim only)
Vaccinations: $75 2x/year (includes coggins)
Dentist: $90 1-2x/year (includes standing sedation)
Chriopractor: $200 as needed
Deworming: $2-15 every 2 months, depending on which tube I use

Now, in my area, this is CHEAPER than many. Why? We don't pay farm calls for the farrier, dentist, vet or chiropractor. There's 40+ horses on the farm, so someone always needs something. The farrier shows up once a week like clockwork, the chiropractor shows up every 2 months, the vet shows up every 6 months for routine things and about once a months she comes out and ends up seein 2-3 horses for non-routine things.

None of that includes tack, training, non-routine vet care, consumables and other supplies. If you're getting a horse, cost is the first thing you should be looking at. We can only tell you what WE pay under our circumstances. You need to do research to find out what YOU will have to pay.
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It's going to vary from place to place. Personally, most of my horse expenses (board) are free because I work for the barn, but I have to pay for everything else. Here's the breakdown, including board:

Board: $500/month (includes hay and grain. Field board, no stall)
Farrier: $35 every 6 weeks (trim only)
Vaccinations: $75 2x/year (includes coggins)
Dentist: $90 1-2x/year (includes standing sedation)
Chriopractor: $200 as needed
Deworming: $2-15 every 2 months, depending on which tube I use

Now, in my area, this is CHEAPER than many. Why? We don't pay farm calls for the farrier, dentist, vet or chiropractor. There's 40+ horses on the farm, so someone always needs something. The farrier shows up once a week like clockwork, the chiropractor shows up every 2 months, the vet shows up every 6 months for routine things and about once a months she comes out and ends up seein 2-3 horses for non-routine things.

None of that includes tack, training, non-routine vet care, consumables and other supplies. If you're getting a horse, cost is the first thing you should be looking at. We can only tell you what WE pay under our circumstances. You need to do research to find out what YOU will have to pay.
thank you for telling me
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A couple months ago I started a thread just for fun asking what people were paying a year for each horse... Oh that was some suprising numbers! But it varied hugely depending on WHERE you are.

Here in the Pacific Northwest were some of the highest numbers. I figured that with board, farrier, shots (done myself), and wormings, I am running just over $3500 each horse. Some others were well over $5,000 a year.

That does not count emergency vet calls - of which in the last ten years there have been two. One was $650, one was $350.

I have had horses who seem to love to see the vet and yearly vet bills ran in the $1,000+ range - I don't keeep those critters.
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ps im moving to australia and that is where I will keep my horse
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post #10 of 22 Old 03-31-2012, 12:28 PM
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OK - let me try this...

What does it cost you to support your horse habbit?

I don't know if it will work, but a lot of people chimed in. Remember, usually the most expensive part of owning a horse is the upkeep, not the buying.

It worked it worked it worked it worked!!!!

Good luck, seach for a great place to keep your new horse, many places will let you work off some of your boardl

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