Cost of owning a horse? (North Houston, Tx)
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
Last edited by alyssaanne; 05-17-2013 at 01:02 PM.