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post #1 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Probably shouldn't ask this, but what are we talking annually?

This is probably a ridic question because there are way too many variables, but what is the average cost of a horse every year? I have about $45,000 to put into riding every year and possibly a horse. Is this enough?, or do I need more? I am just trying to crunch some numbers. LOL
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post #2 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 08:56 AM
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I, personally have never made that much in a year & have comfortably kept a number of horses-but I have them at home & do a lot of work myself.
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post #3 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 08:58 AM
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I don't spend nearly that much, but it also depends on what you're doing. Showing costs more, I couldn't tell you yearly what it would cost though. I'm currently spending 430/month on board and feed, although it can range from 200-1000 depending on where you are. Vet expenses are a few hundred a year typically, dentist is about 100 a year, farrier is about 30 every 8 weeks. And of course there's any tack or extra things or extra vet bills that may come up. Hope this helps!
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post #4 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 09:15 AM
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I spend around $7000- $10000 on general upkeep per year including feed, adjistment/board, routine health care, trimmer fees.
My horse is barefoot, on pasture 24/7 and i do everything myself and so costs could be much higher.

Horse, tack/rugs, lessons/trainer, and all those other things horse owners need/want/accumulate, showing, injury/stiffness/pain treatments are extra.

These costs will change depending on what you choose to do with a horse
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post #5 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 09:20 AM
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Your best bet would be to call various stables. If you live in NY city that's likely an entirely different scenario regarding the upkeep of horses from most of us here.
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post #6 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 09:56 AM
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Someone needs to tell my horse she's only supposed to rack up a few hundred dollars a year in vet bills ;)

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post #7 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 10:02 AM
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Wow, for that amount you could board with me & I'd treat you & your horse like royalty.
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post #8 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 10:13 AM
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Hmm, I've never sat down and figured it all out.

For my 2 horses: (some are guess-timates)
Yearly pasture board (self-care): $2,400
Yearly farrier needs: $1,200
Yearly shots/dewormer: $250
Supplements and grain: $1,000
Gas to haul places to compete: $2,000
Various tack purchases: $600

So roughly between $7,000 and $8,000 per year.

This year extras:
New tires on horse trailer and electrical work: $800
Gooseneck ball on pickup: $400
Vet bills for Jan injury: $2,000
Vet workup for lameness: $600

Roughly $4,000 in "not normal" yearly things.


Those little money munchers..........


I'd say $45,000 is going to be WELL more than enough to take great care of your horses, unless you live in Times Square in NYC. Then maybe not.

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post #9 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 10:21 AM
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It really depends where you are, what kind of horse you're looking to buy, and what you're wanting to do. Showing can be a huge expense, depending on the proximity, discipline, and whether or not the show is rated.

I think, in most cases, $40,000 should be enough.
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post #10 of 28 Old 08-28-2013, 10:36 AM
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For general care of my horse - oh, a couple hundred dollars. I keep them on family land, only trail ride and take care of them myself. Fortunately the only bills this year were feed and vaccinations.
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