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post #11 of 17 Old 07-21-2013, 02:11 AM
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We are between LA and OC. We pay $340 each for two of our horses and $360 for the other. We feed extra (needed where we board). Two of the horses (retired) get approximately half a flake extra and the other (in work) gets a full flake or more extra. A bale runs between about $18 and $20 some-odd. One horse gets beet pulp ($16 or something a bag... don't remember) and all three get grass pellets and o&m (for their supplements-- electrolytes, sand-free, vitamin c, ani-flex gl, etc.-- you can look the prices up online). For only front shoes I think we pay $95 and for all four I think it is $125 (?). They all just got all their shots at $75 a horse. It varies, but I was just quoted $50 for sheath cleaning and $125 for teeth floating. To just call the vet out (non-emergency) it is $65-75. One of my horses is insured and that is $403 a year. Bag of shavings is about $7-7.50.
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post #12 of 17 Old 07-21-2013, 03:27 AM
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Originally Posted by oliveoats View Post
There is little joy out here for my horses and I. Looking for colleges up north to escape soon though :)
I'm looking to escape as well. I'm thinking Texas or Tennessee...
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post #13 of 17 Old 07-23-2013, 02:14 AM
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I'm up in the northern bay area, and I pay around $350 for board and feed. For hoof trims, I pay around $40.
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post #14 of 17 Old 07-23-2013, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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How bout for front shoes? Or are your horses barefoot?

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post #15 of 17 Old 07-23-2013, 11:59 PM
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I live in the Sacramento area. I have a 12 year old trail horse. I keep her at a full care barn that has two arenas (one covered), roundpen, trail access, feeds supplements, hay twice daily, takes flymasks on and off, stall at night and in bad weather (actually she is stalled midday until evening this time of year due to the heat, and out all night and in the morning). Board is $355/month.

Now, with all other added stuff (supplements, vet bills, shoes/farrier every 6-8 weeks, sand lax, meds, grooming stuff, etc. etc.) I have calculated it is averaging an additional $150 dollars a month which makes my total expenditure about $500/month.

There are so many variables though. When I was in college I kept my gelding at a place where his hay and board were free because I cared for all the horses on the property, I trimmed and cared for his feet myself and did as many of his shots as I could (I actually still do that). Anyways, my monthly bills averaged $50/month. So that is the other end of my experience cost wise.

So it all depends on so many factors. Are you boarding? Does your horse wear shoes? Are you able or wanting to work at a facility to keep bills down? Are you wanting to show? Do you need a trainer? Lessons? It goes on and on. Everyone has a different situation, but hopefully the above gives you some ideas.
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post #16 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 08:39 PM
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What are the wants/needs of the OP for the future barn they wish to board at?

In Ca, generally speaking, and this is my observation, if you don't mind doing a lot of the work your barn's manager and stall hand should be doing along with a few other tasks, for instance, my "barn family" created a private facebook page to update each other on feeding, how much water each horse has and shavings in stalls so we don't have to constantly stress over weather or not my horse was fed or not etc... all at the cost of a relatively lower boarding fee in the Bay Area.

So basically, $200 - $400 you can expect to do a lot of the maintenance yourself

$500 - shoot-me-now price range you can expect much better service and are farm more likely to have property owners who actually know something about horses . . .
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 08:41 PM
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*sorry is my bitterness towards this subject showing*
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