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post #1 of 43 Old 02-25-2012, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Cool What does it cost you to support your horse habbit?

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...)
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post #2 of 43 Old 02-25-2012, 02:28 PM
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I've never really tallied up all the expenses, and honestly, I don't think I want to know. I just take each bill one at a time so I can tell myself, "Hey, that wasn't so bad."
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post #3 of 43 Old 02-25-2012, 02:32 PM
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Hmm, lets see.

Currently in our pasture, there is 14 animals; 2 draft horses, 1 draft mule, 2 draft crosses, 7 Quarter Horses, 1 Mustang, and 1 mini-burro.

Average monthly feed cost between my Dad and I (we share cost since we both own the herd) is about $1600.

Farrier work is free in return for letting the farrier turn his horses out in our pasture and letting him take a bale of hay whenever he needs one to feed his horses at home (farrier is also my brother).

We do all our own shots so vet bill is the occasional thing for whenever a horse gets hurt or sick beyond what we are able to care for on our own.

Water bill is about $150 a month in winter, $200+ in summer.

So rough average monthly cost for our herd, not counting the occasional vet bill or dentist bill or new tack is about $1800.

Our hay cost used to be about half that, but hay prices doubled because of the drought.

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post #4 of 43 Old 02-25-2012, 03:44 PM
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Well, I have several versions. lol

My retired guy
Pasture board $300/mo=$3600
farrier $30 every 6 wks=$180
shots (some we do, some the vet does, but you still have to buy the stuff to give it) avg $100/yr
worming/fecal every approx $80/yr
supplements (joint) approx $100/yr
TOtal for him=$4060

GUinness-currently my "reiner"
Training @ $800/mo for 8 mo/yr avg=$6400
other 4 mo "home" boarded at a friends @ $350/mo=$1400
Sliders (rears only-no front shoes, when in training only)@ $100 every 6 wks=$400
Other 4 mo trim every 6 wks @ $30 ea= $60
Worming/fecal/shots same as above=$180/yr
Total for him=$8440(and this is really reasonable for a reiner, at least around here. I consider myself extremely lucky)
THis is WITHOUT any shows, lessons, coaching fees, etc. I think we may stay local next winter and save some $$. Especially appealing since I just added it up! lol

AND-oops-I forgot teeth! $75 ea once per year=$150, and insurance averages $250 (mortality and liability)

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post #5 of 43 Old 02-25-2012, 03:44 PM
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I pay 350 for board, 40 for trims, and 50 for grain per month. Then once a year its 300 for vaccines and teeth floating. This doesn't include new equipment\tack or vet bills in case he gets sick though, just the basics.
So I guess I pay at least 5600 per year for one horse.
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post #6 of 43 Old 02-25-2012, 03:54 PM
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Too much.

Every month:
A load of shavings for $100
$150 on grain
$30-ish on beet pulp
$210 on hay a month (3.50x30x2)
Utilities, which aren't that much

$490 a month, $5880 a year plus buckets/pasture maintenance/fencing/barn additions. This is for 4 horses and 3 miniatures. We've saved a ton of money from switching from bagged shavings to bulk, though.

Farrier work on top of this is $220 every six weeks. Add to that vaccines (which we give ourselves) and miscellaneous vet bills.
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post #7 of 43 Old 02-25-2012, 04:25 PM
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Wow, I honestly stopped after these cause I was going I spend that?!?!
Feeding 7 minis.
Feed/year 2600.00
Trims/year 1050.00
Shavings/year 936.00
Medication for 2 boys/year 276.00
Bale my own hay so it is only the cost of baling twine.
This doesn't include the cost of showing, water, vaccines, clippers and blades, blankets, grooming supplies, fly spray, supplements and tack. Probably totalling another 3,000 to 4,000 a year for all that.

I hope those darn horses know I work my rear end off for them to be fat and happy! I also train all my own horses so thankfully that is on less expense.
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post #8 of 43 Old 02-25-2012, 07:23 PM
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I'm not even going to add it all up...I lease and I spend even more than some of you that own and full care board...ughhh...

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I don't look at as an expense, I view it as an investment in healthy outdoor activity. There, made everyone feel better now!
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post #10 of 43 Old 02-25-2012, 08:00 PM
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My mare it would be

$300 annual vet (shots and check up a quick tooth filing)
$20 for feed monthly
$40 everyone two months roughly farrier
$30 bedding a year
$400 for hay (150 to 200 bales)
$20 four to six times a year worming

So $1300 unless medical emergency, or I decided to get insurance on Spice which would be $300 a year, it is only $6 for liability right now. Odd things like a piece of tack, clinic, or something else I want probably only adds another $100 I'm pretty cheap and go without unless I've very put in thought about it, or saved for the purchase. Plus saving to move from home takes a lot of money, so I don't have spare change unless it is really needed, no debt or credit cards for me.
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