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post #11 of 13 Old 09-16-2013, 01:35 PM
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It is possible to do it for $300, but you're going to forgo supplements, routine vet care, good tack/tack repair, and even an emergency fund. You're also going to be using a cheap farrier or trimming yourself. If you save a good emergency fund before you buy and are a very involved owner, you may get by, but it would be much better to lease and have the actual owner be responsible for some things. That also frees you to take some lessons, which you'd benefit from, and to take better care of the horse rather than just minimal. And if you get in a bind and don't have the $300/month anymore, the horse can just go home. Once you're riding more, your needs from your horse may change, or your situation could change, so leasing is better in that sense too.

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post #12 of 13 Old 09-16-2013, 01:46 PM
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You really need to shop around. The closer to the city the higher the board especially if within the city limits (much higher taxes and demand). You may find something more reasonable farther out but the cost of gas may become prohibitive. If connected to a barn with high income boarders, of course the farriers will gouge them.
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-16-2013, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by kellyelizabeth View Post
Thanks for the advice everyone. I also thought $300 was low, but I've had other people tell me that the price was realistic. I think the people who told me that do not get their horses vaccinated and use a farrier that charges $20 (who I am now worried to even use based upon your posts!).

I will definitely lease a horse first. I was considering that in the first place, but at the barn I ride at the only type of lease available is the one where "leasing" means being able to come up and ride on designated days whenever you want. I don't feel like that would give me an accurate idea on horse ownership and I am more interested in the lease where I'm responsible for most things.
Don't judge a farrier by how much they charge....they are not related in the least.
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