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        12-12-2008, 10:03 PM
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    I'm getting old....

    I used to feed Pistol 50lbs of grain per week at $4.65 per bag. I would give him 1 bale of hay at 1.25 per bale. Shots would cost me $100 per year. And his feet would cost me $25 per visit and I think I did them every 10 weeks.....

    Today I feed Pistol 75-100lbs of grain per week at $17.95 per bag. He gets about a bale of hay a week at $6.00 per bale, his shots cost me $200 per year and the farrier is $25 per visit at 6-8 weeks....

    Can you believe...in 21 years... the cost of a farrier has stayed the same for a trim? I think I paid $50 for aluminum shoes... and now they are $65 but even that is barely any increase.... compared to the cost of feed and shots!
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        12-12-2008, 11:36 PM
    I know when the price wet sky high we were paying over $9 for a bag of grain (co-op) now since it's down so is the price of grain....our vet gives us a pretty good price on shots as for the farrer either my neighbour or I trim our horses feet....(barefoot)
        12-13-2008, 06:28 AM
    We haven't had horses for 21 years or anything..and our vet is pretty "cheap" and also hasn't really increased a lot..but our farrier refused to take more money or raise the price of his work too! Hmm Funny that that seems to be a bit of a trend!
        12-13-2008, 06:50 AM
    Getting old???? Please!!! LOL Old is a state of mind. As for the changes in price, oh yeah. Lots of things have gotten expensive. The thing that pops first to my mind is tack. We have 5 custom made billy cook saddles at the house that were bought for about $650 a piece in the 60's and 70's. Now you can't even look for a custom saddle for less than 2 grand. :( Mine's not custom but it fits and at 750 for a roping saddle, who can complain? Alfalfa here is going for about 200 a ton, that is if you can find someone who still has any. Don't know why it is so hard to find, we didn't have a very dry summer. HHHHMMMMM.........Oh well.
        12-13-2008, 10:12 AM
    Maybe if you gave up your life of carrot crime you wouldn't age as much!
        12-13-2008, 03:10 PM
    I wish I could get hay for $6 a bale!! Grass hay around here costs $12-15 a bale! And I live in Oregon for crikey sake, it's not as if I'm in the desert or something.
        12-13-2008, 03:12 PM
    Originally Posted by Joshie    
    Maybe if you gave up your life of carrot crime you wouldn't age as much!
    .........thats funny!!!
        12-13-2008, 05:51 PM
    It's rough isn't it! One reason why I am cutting down to 1 horse and I think I will always keep it that way. Now our days, unless you own a really nice property with a good horse set up, it's just to expensive to keep horses.
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        12-13-2008, 09:30 PM
    Well lets see when I first got into horses I paid $1 for farrier to trim now I pay $25. I paid .10 to .25 for a bale of hay now I raise my own but can buy grass for $1.50. Oats was .50 a bushel ( 32 lbs ) now its $2 but I raise most my own. It costs me just under $2 to worm a horse years ago I gave them chewing tobbacco. I vaccinate myself and only a 3 way I think it was right at $7 a horse this spring.
        12-13-2008, 10:05 PM
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    My round bales are 50 a bale and they last a couple weeks if I peel them.... UGH...I'm old old old....

    And no....I will not change my carrot stealing ways.... You big mean carrot stealers! I will get each and everyone of my carrots back......

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