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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I also think that you shouldn't be expecting this friend who owns Matt to give you a 'discount' for him because you are his friend. She has probably put a lot of money into him, even as a healthy horse, and she has the right to want some of it back to either purchase another horse or put it towards another thing she's wanting/needing. I just bought my first horse back in September from my BO and very good friend, and although I had done ALL of her training I still had to pay the price that this woman would have sold her for to an average customer. (She started out as an unhandled, agressive miniature horse filly At the time of me buying her she was green broke to drive, had all of her ground work done, etc)
As a teenager in similar shoes as you, I have to tell you that everyone is right. I'm seventeen at the moment and I hold a part time job (by part time though, I mean actually part time, as in 20 hours a week) and I have many babysitting/dogsitting clients all over our town. Even so, I struggle to provide everything that my mare needs. I get discounted board for my mare due to her size (she shares a pen/run in with another mini mare) and the fact that I feed for the BO in the evenings, but I'm still paying $125 mothly and consider myself to be EXTREMELY lucky. Then add her farrier care at $45 every 4-5 weeks, about $60 for a bag of feed and 10 or so bales of alfalfa/timothy and Jiggs costal hay monthly, I'm easily paying $230-250 per month for her upkeep, and she's only a 34" MINIATURE horse! Imagine the price of feeding a horse four times her size ;). Don't forget vaccinations twice a year, teeth floating once or twice a year, deworming/fecals, etc. Since September I've already spent about $1,400 on her in normal bills, plus a $250 bill for an unexpected vet call when she developed an allergic reaction to a bee sting last month and actually fainted from lack of oxygen (scariest thing ever!) add to that the fact that she's needing a chiropractor visit for her stiff back and you have one expensive miniature horse. My job is BARELY covering the cost of all of that and half of my car insurance right now. If I were to get my hours cut back or be laid off/fired, I'd be in 'deep doo-doo.'
I'll also note that I'm also helping with the costs of our foster filly at the farm right now, and she's only 16 months old, but she's cost us FAR more in vet bills than even our 28 year old or 49 year old mares did on their 'death beds', needing high end feed, floating every 3 months, and artheritis medication. Age is not a huge factor as long as he's been well cared for most of his life.
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Last edited by Endiku; 03-20-2013 at 01:25 PM.