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post #1 of 24 Old 07-28-2013, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Smile QUESTION: How much does it cost to own?

I just want a general idea of what other people are paying a year in total for their horse. Also just what yall are paying for board, vet, etc for each month. A list of the things you usually buy a month with general prices would be great to know. THANKS!
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post #2 of 24 Old 07-28-2013, 04:47 PM
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With unexpected vet and farrier fees, as well as other things, it's different for everyone.
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post #3 of 24 Old 07-28-2013, 05:05 PM
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For one year's general expenses for my one horse- NOT including any tack. I won't include it because everyone has a different view of what's necessary, and tack and equipment prices vary so much that it's impossible to get a handle on a possible price. (Also you only asked for things bought monthly/yearly)

Pasture board is 215 per month. Includes hay, so I don't need to feed. For people who DO feed that's buying grain or whatever feed.
Yearly teeth floating. About 130
Farrier every 8 weeks is 50 per trim (30 for most horses, but 50 because my girl is half draft)
Spring shots costed about 150 this year
wormer every 3 months, about 10 bucks each time.

And a fund for a vet in case something happens, of course.

Tack and equipment are luckily one time fees unless something breaks, but the major yearly/monthly/recurring stuff is listed above.
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post #4 of 24 Old 07-28-2013, 05:10 PM
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I just want a general idea of what other people are paying a year in total for their horse. Also just what yall are paying for board, vet, etc for each month. A list of the things you usually buy a month with general prices would be great to know. THANKS!
You should take a look at your local area for boarding costs.

-Purchase of the horse
-Farrier, feed, shots
-tack box and tack
-vet bills
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post #5 of 24 Old 07-28-2013, 05:20 PM
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It varies a lot. I have two horses, but for simplicity's sake let's focus on one and break it into categories.

Things I have to buy only once:

Horse was $2000.

Saddle was $1500.

Bridle/bit/breast plate/saddle pads/additional tack was around $500 all together.

Brushes/grooming supplies/tack trunk -- $100

Blankets and sheets -- $200

Clothes for me as a rider -- $350

And let's add an extra $1000 for stuff I don't remember.

Total one-off: $5650

The monthly basics that never change:

I spend $250 a month on board.

I spend $100 a month on feed.

I pay this monthly, 12 times a year.

Monthly basics for a year: $4200

Monthly expenses that vary:

Wormer and fecal egg count testing every six months = $50

Shoes seven months out of the year during show season. Shoes reset every six weeks = roughly six shoeing a year. Shoes are $200 a round = $1200

Barefoot the other four months, trimmed every six weeks = 3 trimmings at $40 a trim = $120

Varying monthly expenses: $1370

Vet visits:

Extremely variable! But I allow $500 a year for vet bills.

Vet visits: $500

Grand total horse for a year:

$11, 720

This does not account for showing and traveling expenses. I would be embarrassed to reveal how much I spend on that!
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post #6 of 24 Old 07-28-2013, 05:31 PM
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I have five horses and the per year cost for each horse is pretty Dramatic difference. Maintenance vet fees for one horse are around 600 per year. Farrier for no shoes about 300 with shoes is double. Feed for one of mine is around 1200 per year ish. Supplements around 1200 per year.., don't tell husband! These are off the top of my head .... I keep them at my house though...
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post #7 of 24 Old 07-28-2013, 06:42 PM
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Just up keep costs:

Agistment - Here is where I have been in the last year:

$43 a month - now, share paddock, few facilities, owner is my friend/live on property - no feed included
$100 a month - shared 100 acre paddock with approx 10 other horses, use of arena - no feed included
$220 a month - private one acre paddock, grass area for riding included, small shed

$64 a month for my QhxArab mare (I just sold) for a bit of non-grain feed and chaff
$210 a month for my OTTB mare - two bales of hay a week, chaff, oil and non-grain feed

Farrier $40 every 6 - 8 weeks for trim.

Then dental, chiropractic and vet care, which depends on many things.
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post #8 of 24 Old 07-29-2013, 06:13 AM
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I think this mainly depends on where you live and your expectations in terms of showing or rated barns etc.

Like I can keep my horse at a friends house for 200 including feed.
But I show at A rated shows so I pay 1,500 for board alone and 1,000 for lessons aprox. That doesnt include my show fees.

And tack fee's all depends again on what your goal is. You can find lots of great used tack on ebay.
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post #9 of 24 Old 07-30-2013, 08:00 PM
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It's always painful to add it up but here goes:

$290/month for board (includes hay, but not grain)
$40/month for grain & supplements
$90 every 6-8 weeks for trim and half set of shoes
$75 annually for FEC's and dewormer
$150 annually for teeth float
$100 annually for vaccinations

In reality I'm sure I spend way more than that because there's always some new thing to get that I don't really *need* but I'd really like to have I spend way more than that if you count the truck and trailer I just got so I can actually take my horse places (and I'm sure DH does!)
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post #10 of 24 Old 07-30-2013, 08:06 PM
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Our horses are at home, I trim/give shots/workers myself, and they are all low maintenance. See the vet once a year for rabies shots. Over the year our total cost is only $2/day/horse.
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