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post #1 of 6 Old 02-02-2010, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
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Price of horses keep

How mmuch dose it cost to keep a horse permonth ? Thanks
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-02-2010, 03:44 AM
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it depends on how you keep your horse.pasture or stall

some costs are the same no matter if the horse is stalled or pasture kept. Vet bills, worming, equipment, grooming supplys, tack and shoeing will remain a constant. stall kept horses require more feed and hay. pasture kept horses require more fly products for protection against pests.Lets consider stall kept first. And that you are the one careing for the horse and your not boarding it. In my area good grade square bales of hay cost around $5.50 each, and a single horse will consume the biggest part of a bale each 24 hours.So thats 30 bales of hay at $165 a month. A good brand of feed costs around $15 a 50 pound bag.feeding 2 pounds for three meals a day would be 180 pounds of feed so 3 bags of feed a month at a cost of $45. Bedding changes require about 2 bales of wood bedding a week and they are $6 each. you would use around 8 bales a month so to total up $48 stall care for one month, plus wormer (quest) which runs $14 a tube. your total would be around $296. plus shoeing $80 every 3 months or so($320 a year), vet checks once a year $150, teeth floating $30 a year. which totals 796 a year. unless you have shoeing or health problems that will cost extra. Also I didnt total up water, or the fact that every horse requires differant amounts of feed and hay so the total could be alot more depending on the horse.I also didnt include the costs of tack, grooming supplys , or equipment.
Pasture kept horses , if kept on plenty of pasture (minumum of 3 acres per horse) can be musch more cost effective. Most people use roun bales for pastured horses, hey commonly run around $40 a bale and are not usually the best quality of hay since the horse gets its ruffage mostly from grazing. If the pasture is well maintained then one round a month will suffice for one horse. grain fed out is also less or cut out completly. Its mostly fed to bring the horses up for a daily visual examination of health. so 1 50 pound bag may last as long as a month.bedding is not a concern so that is $0 wormer would be 14 a month. plus the shoeing e.t.c i tallied above would be a total of 569. a year.I hope my math is correct on all of this but it should give youa general idea of cost of care
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-02-2010, 04:02 AM
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$13.00 feed (per bag) lasts a week/week 1/2
$30.00 per round bale (winter only) (two weeks)
$60.00 farrier...4 feet trimmed, front shoes every 6-8 weeks
$15.00 per year to check for worms in your horses poop
$14.00 every six months for wormer
$100.00 every six months for vaccinations & coggins (my horse has good teeth so no floating necessary yet (but tack on another $100 for that) + me and my sister split the cost of farm call which is $30.00
$100.00 for square bales that usually last a year
$40.00 for stall bedding (winter only)
$50.00 per year on shampoo, mtg
$75.00 per month boarding (and I'm getting a great deal)
$20.00 per month fly spray (summer only)

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-02-2010, 08:22 AM
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A lot of variables there to think up, it depends on your situation. I make my own hay, so there is a big money saver. I'm really a bad example, I spend around $40 a month or so probably. My friend boards her horses for $20 a month, she found a smoking deal. I know people that pay $300 a month for board. Feed from the store might be 11-15 a bag. I buy it off my neighbor, he grinds his own feed. Ask around your area. I was at the auction yesterday. First cut crap hay was going for 75 cents a bale. Good second cut was $2 or $2.50. Highest there I remember seeing was $3.25. Some parts of the country you can't touch first cut for less than 3 bucks.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-02-2010, 08:44 AM
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i pay 525 a month for semi rough board, so i still clean my stall daily
90$-160$ depending on whether i want 2 shoes, 4 shoes or winter shoes every 6 weeks
every 6 months about 100$ for vet check and vacs
fly spray in summer: about 15$ once a month
new tack/stuff: average about 25 a month

and thats God forbid something horrible happens and theres a huge vet bill, however im working on getting horse medical insurence which would be 600$ a year
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-02-2010, 02:56 PM
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$425 for monthly board, and that includes daily stall clean out, five flakes of hay daily, something like 4 lbs of senior feed and full use of the facilities.
$30 dollars a month for a hoof trim
$20 dollars a month in savings for emergencies (like vet bills)
$200 dollars roughly, for routine vetting
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