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post #1 of 4 Old 07-19-2010, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice from all you horse lovers on cost etc.

I am getting ready to purchase a horse and am wondering if someone could give me a cost average per month. I am going to spend no more than 700 for the horse registered. I have been away from horses for many years except for the occasional trail ride. Have looked at so many in my area and am saddened by how many horses are not wanted or can't be taken care of by their owners. I understand that sometimes circumstances happen. I grew up on a ranch in south texas and lived on my horse. We took great care of our animals and I was trained basically by the cowboys and my grandfather. I moved away from there to the Dallas area years ago and am now in a position to own a new friend. I have a nice place to board that is 95 for stall only and turnout, 150 for partial care. I have even been to the auction off of highway 80 and if those of you in Texas know where I am talking about. I was very disgusted at what I saw there yet some went to good owners I think. Could someone give me some basic itemized costs.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-19-2010, 10:06 PM
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Well, it really depends on what discipline you ride, what kind of horse you get, what you want to feed it, etc. For a good western saddle, unless you buy used, I wouldn't even look at anything less than $700. With all the rest of the tack, you would probably be looking at $800 to $1000, depending on what all you want to have. Then you have to consider feed. I don't know what the feed prices are where you are but I get large square bales of Alfalfa for $50 a bale (they weigh about 800lbs) and that will generally last an easy keeper horse not quite a month. I don't feed any special supplements except for a salt block which costs about $7 (and for just one horse, it would last forever LOL). Then you have to consider shots and worming. If you are able to do it yourself, it would be much cheaper. The cost with this varies on where you are and what product you buy. Farrier every 6 to 8 weeks can run you from $75 to $100+, also if you need an instructor or trainer to help you with your riding or your horse, that will also cost. Then you always need to prepare for the unexpected emergency vet visit which can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand. LOL, boy owning horses is expensive.

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-19-2010, 10:41 PM
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As smrobs said, costs are extremely variable from one area to another. For folks wanting to minimize costs whem buying, I always tell them to look at their feet and what they eat. There is a tremendous maintenance cost difference between a tough barefoot, easy keeper and a shod horse that needs a special diet. I trim our mares and give them their shots (except rabies), but for what it's worth, around here farriers go for $35/horse for a trim, vets are $45/farm call, around $18/shot, and $25 for coggins, and high quality hay around $6.50/sq bale (50 lbs).

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-25-2010, 10:57 PM
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Hey, I'm in your region, and these are itemized expenses for horse ownership, according to my trainer's web site: board avg. (stable/pasture) $300; supplements $125; farrier $40; vaccinations $10; floating teeth $10; worming $6, death/health insurance $500/yr, training $500-$1500/month.
Personally, I wouldn't think of going to the Hwy 80 auction to buy a horse, or I would want to rescue all of them! What are you going to do with your new horse? Know any horse people? If I were you, I would get the word out that you are looking and that would be a better way of acquiring your horse. Your future barn manager/trainer is a good resource to begin with.

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