07-01-2008, 02:29 PM
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- anywhere from $100-$800 per month, not including "extras" such as extra feed, blanketing costs, holding costs etc.
Vet & Vet care:
- Vaccinations once per year = around $200 all tolled
- Floating teeth = check with your vet for cost, will have to include sedation
- Deworming 4 times per year at $20/tube (or so) = $80
- You should always have the expectation that something might happen to your horse, and should be able to provide the care needed, either through a payment plan or direct cash.. I will not stand for someone saying "well my horse is lame/sick, but I can't affoard it right now, I'll wait till next paycheque." That is not acceptable, if your horse needs emergency care, that's that, period, and you have to be able to provide it.
- Chances are this will be included in any board costs you might be paying, but maybe not. Depending on your area and costs, you can look at paying between $5 and $20/bale.
- Again, depends on your horse's needs. Most horses are better off without grain. If you're feeding good quality hay, your horse shouldn't need grain, unless there's a condition that requires a different feeding regimen.
- Do you need to stable your horse indoors? Most horses are absolutely fine with being boarded outdoors, it's more natural for them :)
- Chances are this cost will be included in your boarding fee, but if it's not, then do some research at your local tack and feed stores, and that will give you an idea. I would recommend shavings rather than straw.
Hope this helps.