Cost of owning a horse? (North Houston, Tx)

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    05-17-2013, 01:55 PM
Question Cost of owning a horse? (North Houston, Tx)

Hello all,

I'm looking for some advise. I've been very quiet on this site, but I roam it daily and learned so much. So thank you, but now I'm considering my own horse and there are many uncertainties. About me: I'm 21 and currently living at home. I work and soon will start taking college classes. I started messing with horses around the age of 8. During the summer I would go work at this woman's barn/ranch. Me and a few others had to really work to earn our ride time. First (horse) I ever rode was a mini mule, lol. Did a little western showing on her, then decided that place wasn't for me. In hindsite, it wasn't the best place, but it taught me about work. Next saga is Fox. My aunt (who was kinda like my second mom) bought a yearling. I was with her every step of the way. I grew up with that horse. She was not boarded at first, so it was all us. She is now a beautiful 11 yr old. She was never really trained (just for trail) so I still try to get on and teach her. Her ground work was frogotten for a long time and I've almost completely brought that back. So I have experience with green, but I'm no trainer. I also started taking english lessons almost a year ago and fell in love. I've found my space with this. Okay, so now you know my experience. What we are thinking is putting a horse on our property. We will need to clear a small bit of it, add one line of fence, and build a small 2-stall barn. I could probably (barely) afford to pay for the horse now, but my hours will drop with school. So the deal my mom offered is to pay some while I go to school (her idea). But I'm scared that she and my dad don't understand the full extent of the cost. So I've been trying to make a monthly cost list to see if this is even possible. Because with the possibility hanging, I torture myself on dreamhorse and craigslist every night. The horse I would get: Gelding, over 14 but probably older, over 15.3 hh (I'm a bigger girl), and beginner friendly (english). Biggest criteria though is health. Strong barefoot feet. Also, a complete vet check will be done. Would like a stalkier horse. TB seem fragile. So cost? The biggest thing I don't understand is food.

Feet: $40 4-6 weeks
Wormer: $20 8 weeks? Not sure what kind
Fly: $20 1 bottle a month? Or more?
Tack and Grooming: included in barn cost, one time buy.
Extra Grooming product and extras: $20/month
Feed: HELP! Pasture(small/medium) with hay (11/bale) Alfalfa ($20/bale) and feed ($20-25/bag)
Supplements: Needed or not? Cost?

Also will be getting companion mini. Please help with cost. I am located in Montgomery County Texas (North of Houston)

Thank You for taking the time to read my life story. LOL
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    05-17-2013, 02:04 PM
Hey girl! Come hang out on the Texas Thread .. we'll hook ya up.

I've got one in a small lot on our place right now .. and while I don't like having to feed hay and grain year 'round, it's nice to have him so close.

My other two are on pasture only and so freakin' fat I WISH I could dry lot them half the time ...

How far north of Houston are you?
    05-17-2013, 02:06 PM
It sounds like you'll be working towards keeping the horse on your own property, is that correct? Keep in mind the costs that might be associated with clearing the land, adding the fences (this is NOT cheap), building a small barn, etc. Depending on the acreage, a project like this in itself could run upwards of $2,500 or more.

Next you have the initial cost of the animal. Purchase price and pre-purchase exam costs. Factor in the farrier for a trim every 4-6 weeks and at least an annual vet exam with vaccines, teeth floating, etc. You'll also want to consider feed costs (drought years, etc.) and the cost of hay/grain as needed (will you be able to harvest hay off of your own land and store it or will you need to purchase?). Then there's money for equipment, both for riding purposes and for general equine care.

All in all, horse ownership is not cheap and it is a very expensive hobby. Being able to keep horses on your own land is beneficial but it still requires a lot of expense and upkeep. Good for you for looking into some research!
    05-17-2013, 02:13 PM
Well we are in a gated community near conroe. Also we are thinking it will cost more like 10k to get property done. Horse space will be almost 2 acres. So not growing our own hay. And I forgot to put vet costs in the post but I'm figuring teeth at least checked if not floated twice and plus shots/ General vet check 1-2 Times a year. Few hundred if not more. Plus any accidents. Will have an emergency fund. Also looking to spend $3500 or less with vet check included. Probably getting an older horse.
    05-17-2013, 02:17 PM
I work in Conroe. 10k is reasonable.

Hay will flucuate, but if you watch the papers (and craigslist) you will eventually find a supplier. Hay is not an issue for me.

Two acres with one horse is do'able.. hopefully you have some grass base. If you run a cross fence (hotwire even) and rotate, you might even be able to take advantage of a little grass! I don't have that luxury out here in the woods.. lol.

Where are you taking lessons?
    05-17-2013, 02:49 PM
Originally Posted by texasgal    
I work in Conroe. 10k is reasonable.

Hay will flucuate, but if you watch the papers (and craigslist) you will eventually find a supplier. Hay is not an issue for me.

Two acres with one horse is do'able.. hopefully you have some grass base. If you run a cross fence (hotwire even) and rotate, you might even be able to take advantage of a little grass! I don't have that luxury out here in the woods.. lol.

Where are you taking lessons?
Well we might add a little more fence where there is no trees for a riding pasture. So if the grass is looking rough I could put the horse and mini in there for a break and increase the hay. Feed is still the unknown cost factor for me. I really need a general idea of cost for that to show my mom. Im hoping I can do this for $250 or less a month month for the horse. I have know idea on the mini I need help with that. I take lessons at cornerstone sport horses. I love my trainer to death. She will help me if I decide to do this. One thing to consider to is the cost of my lessons. That's $140 right there.
    05-17-2013, 02:56 PM
Feed is a crap shoot .. and depends on the horse... and what you feed. I would say that you should be able to do it under 250.00 for sure, barring any super-special needs.

I've got one that I can feed a bare minimum of a low-end complete pellet too and she stays fat and slick all year..

I've got one that I'm feeding a higher end complete pellet w/supplements, rice bran, grass and hay .. and he's my least fleshy boy... lol.
    05-17-2013, 02:57 PM
Feed prices are so hard to pin down because there are so many options. I pay about $12 for a fifty pound bag of a fortified textured feed. Some of my horses get 6 pounds a day, and some get three. Some of my horses are on SeniorGlo, and I pay about $18 and feed 5 pounds a day.
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    05-17-2013, 03:14 PM
So pretty much when I'm asking about a horse just see what theyre feeding and see if it's doable..anything on minis?
    05-17-2013, 03:19 PM
I really think texasgal is an excellent resource for these questions since she's close to your area and seems to be managing similar conditions. These are all good things to ask about and consider.

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