Originally Posted by Amba1027
One thing I was wondering about, and I don't know if anyone can help me with this, is how to find a place to board. My problem is, I don't want to be boarding where I ride (they have way too many requirements for boarders that I don't like) so I would need another place. Do I look for one before I actually have a hourse or after? It just seems a little weird to me, to be looking for a place to board when you don't have a horse. But I also don't want to end up with a horse and no place to board it.
I think that it's better to look for a place to board before you get your horse. Typically you have more time that way and can really check the places out so you don't get stuck in a place that isn't so great. I'm pretty sure most boarding facilities are used to people coming in to check the place out before they have said horse.
As far as expenses I've found it easier to break it down into different areas and total that up for an annual thing:
Veterinary costs (shots, deworming annual teeth floating etc): $475
Farrier: $400 unshod, up to $900 shod
Total for above: $875 if unshod $1375 if shod a year
You have to add boarding costs etc into that. If your boarding facility doesn't include feed in the board then you have to count that in.
Now emergency vet bills can get really expensive. I've had a mare rack up $3000 in one night for a colic call. I personally will not buy a horse until I have :
At least three months worth of board money saved (in case of losing a job you have three months to find a new one)
At least $3000 for emergency vet bills
And then of course the horse purchase price.