Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
That depends on what kind of horse you want, where you live, etc.
If you board, the monthly fee could be anywhere from about $150 to over $1,000. It's super expensive if you live on the east or west coast, even if it's just pasture board. It's not too bad in the Midwest, though (about $3-400 for full board).
Then you have yearly shots, coggins, and basic check-ups, plus unexpected vet calls. That cost really depends on the vet. For hoof care, a trimming is about $35, and if you want shoes, it's about $70 every six weeks (at least where I live). I pay $4 a bale for hay, and $10 for 40 pound bags of pelleted feed. Deworming paste is about $12. Then you need tack, and that depends on a whole lot of things. Used tack is usually a little cheaper. Along with brushes, lead ropes, fly spray, and the basic accesories you'll need.
Then you have the horse itself, and in this economy, you can find nice horses for next to nothing. If you want a beginner-safe, well-broke horse, the ones around here are upwards of $1,000.
Hope this was helpful. :)
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