So, I was poking about here this morning, and it got me wondering... how much do people spend to support thier horse habbit?
A few years ago, I figured that for my one horse, it was running me about $5,000 a year for him.
Let me see if I can recreate that number....
Full care horse board (per horse) $225 x 12 months = $2,700
Front shoes every eight weeks $65 x 6 = $390
New blanket every winter = $150
Shots = $15
Salt block = $20
Hey, pretty cheap!!! My gelding runs me about $3,275 a year
This does not count that I need to replace his sadddle at $1,000 give or take.
I only do vets when there is an emergency - which has been once in the last ten years so I don't put in a yearly cost for that.
We also have two now... the only cheaper part of the new horse is that she only gets trimmed not shoes - so that is only $210 in farrier costs a year.
So, for two horses, only one of which is ridable (filly is too young) I am outlaying about $6,500 for two horses in Western WA. (OK, I also did not include that the stable is exactly 15 miles away. My SUV gets 14 mph, so at current gas prices it costs me about $10 in gas every time we go out to the stable - once to twice a week.... so figure about another $1000 for gas a year - but don't tell hubby that number)
The only reason it is not costing me more is that I found a really great stable that provides enough hay that my hard keeper gets enough hay to not need suppliments (he is getting six to eight flakes of hay a day!). I used to feel bad because they did not charge me extra for his feed, however, the new filly is only eating about two to three flakes a day so for the stable it evens out.
They also provide treats...???? I have never had a stable that provided horse treats before. In the fall they bring in HUGE containers of apples for all the horses (though we snag some for eating too) and the rest of the year there are pellete treats in buckets everywhere.
But... they don't provide salt??? Oh well, don't care. Love the stable. My horses are FAT and Sassy and happy.
So... what do the rest of the fork out for horse care?
(And, yes, I know that some horses actually MAKE money so some of you will probably have a negative cost...)