I have an 11 year old QH I am hoping to keep for as long as she lives, which, going by the other QH at the stable, could be mid to late twenties. It costs me $550 per month for board and farrier. Because I had some time on my hands, I calculated what I would spend if she lives to be 30 and came up with $125,400
. That doesn't include vet care which I have a separate fund for. It doesn't change my plans at all, but it was a bit of a surprise when I added it all up.