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post #11 of 24 Old 07-30-2013, 08:14 PM
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For me it's approximately $4,000/year per horse. BUT I do my own training, my own hoof trimming, and my horses are pretty healthy/rarely need the vet and live out on big pasture. I think the way I'm doing it is about as cheap a way to keep a horse as a person could do and still be somewhat responsible about it.
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post #12 of 24 Old 07-30-2013, 08:40 PM
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I am with paint and Ian. My horses are at my house so I don't pay board. I shoe them myself. They are pretty healthy so the vet isn't a huge deal. Just coggins and rabies once a year. The thing with having your horses at your own place is the cost of up keep with the property. Tractor, mowers, fence up keep things like that can add up really quick just like board for others.
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post #13 of 24 Old 07-30-2013, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Fort fireman View Post
The thing with having your horses at your own place is the cost of up keep with the property. Tractor, mowers, fence up keep things like that can add up really quick just like board for others.
That is for dang sure.
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post #14 of 24 Old 07-31-2013, 01:52 AM
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Before I decided to start boarding again we leased a property for 7yrs or so - cost me about the same as boarding the 2 horses does. Yes, I have less horses but I also don't have to go over there 2x a day (gas), clean stalls, rake the aisle, clean buckets, etc etc. I also couldn't ride all year long & having a horse I was spending money on for training? Wasted.

Let's see... with three horses:

$400 Stall
$250 Pasture
Free Pasture (lesson horse)

$650 per month

We're on a 6 - 8wk schedule depending on how the hooves are growing/looking. Some months it's a 6wk sometimes it's an 8wk. One of the girls can also go longer, the other needs it done more frequent.

$80 Shoes
$30 Trim x2

$140 every other month

$50 Farm Call (I don't use the barn's main vet so she comes out JUST for mine)
$140 Teeth Floats x3
$79 Shots (West Nile, Rabies, + E/W/T) x3
$33 Coggins x3
$60 Coffin Bone Injections
$60 Hock Injections

$926 yearly (they're all on different months so I don't cringe in one sitting)

$108 in Feed (not supplied for pasture), monthly
$40 Supplements, monthly
$10 Dewormer x3, every 3mos
$12 Fly Spray - stuff last maybe a week between 3 horses?
$50 per ride for training/lesson

That's not considering the countless thousands I've probably spent on saddles, bridles, boots, halters.

And it seems one horse always has an emergency that needs the vet at least once a year. Depending on what happens that's about $200+ Maybe if I had just one horse my chances in that area would be lessened >.>

Horses are sooooo wonderful -_- Actually had one girl at the barn be like I just LOVE horses and want one so bad. Why? They're horrible D: LOL. Don't get me wrong, I love them & wouldn't trade them for the world. They could just maybe... not make mommy broke?

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post #15 of 24 Old 07-31-2013, 01:57 AM
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Cost is directly related to the amount of work your willing to do.
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post #16 of 24 Old 07-31-2013, 03:28 AM
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My board: 65/month -pasture only, hay is extra, grain is extra, use of stall in case of injury is extra, etc.

hay- varies on time of year. But usually 50-75/month

grain- 1 50lb bag of ultium every 10 days so roughly 3 bags every month at $23.00 a bag = $66.00/month

Farrier- Drifter is a barefoot trim every 5 weeks at 35/trim. Whiskey is shod every 6 for 55/trim. So we will say altogether 90/month

Supplements- Drifter is on smart gut ultra and smart muscle, Whiskey is on smart flex and smarthoof now. I believe its around 90/month altogether

Vet- I have spent 4,500 on Drifter in the last year alone (it was a bad year and he apparently has a death wish). So far about 280 on Whiskey if I include xrays and his PPE and such.

So over all about 400/month (not including tack, equipment, treats, bits, etc) and anywhere from 2000-5000 a year.

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post #17 of 24 Old 07-31-2013, 07:40 AM
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You are in Howard County MD. One of the wealthiest counties in the nation. Board will NOT be cheap. I would figure $500/mo minimum even for pasture. Nothing else is cheap there either. I would also suggest you buy your horse in the middle of nowhere in Pa.

So-figure the HIGH end of what everyone else is telling you, then add a cushion.

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post #18 of 24 Old 07-31-2013, 08:27 AM
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One horse, arab 20 years old. She was a real rescue so now has health issues from years of malnutrition but,

Pasture Board $300 a month, grain is included

Supplements $75 a month

Farrier $50-100 every 6 weeks, we are trying barefoot but she might need shoes to ride - see below

Vet- So far about $500 this year, includes chiropractic care and teeth. Will have follow up exam in a couple months that includes X-rays of back legs and possibly of her front feet to know if she needs shoes. $40 per xray, will need about 3-4 per leg.

Then add in all the other stuff like fly spray, replacing tack, any medications the list goes on. I hate adding it up and try not to.
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post #19 of 24 Old 07-31-2013, 12:57 PM
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I've owned my horse for 5 months and my monthly average expense is $525. This includes full care boarding at a no-frills facility, barefoot trims every 6 weeks, a coggins test with one round of shots & two rounds deworming, and my initial purchase of grooming supplies & fly spray.

This $525 does not include my horse's purchase price, paying to transport him to my boarding facility since I don't have a trailer, or the purchase of any tack & riding attire. I'm about to drop a $1000 on a saddle, I want a set of $150 clippers, and I need new boots which will be another $100+.

I also spend about $40/month more on gas for my vehicle, since I drive to & from the barn 4-5 times/week.
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post #20 of 24 Old 08-01-2013, 12:25 AM
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Training board: $1500
Trim & shoes: $200
Insurance: $90
Teeth: $350 (1x per year)
Clipping: $140 (1x per year)
Glucosamine supplement: about $300 per year
Hock injections: $450 every 6-8 months
Vaccinations: maybe $300 total throughout the year
Vet bill for recent abscess: $1000 (some covered by insurance)
Abscess treatment supplies: at least $300 total (it took forever to drain - soaking boot, a lot of Animalintex, then Magic Cushion)
Saddle fitting: $350 (1x per year)

Then there are small costs that still add up over time:
Fly spray: $26 every two months or so
Treats: $10 per month
Hoof oil: $26 every 6 months
Cowboy Magic detangler: $18 every 3 months
Boots (for my horse): $100 every 6 months (he destroys them)
Blanket cleaning/repair: $60-god knows what a year depending on damage
An insane amount of money spent on OxyClean for saddle pads.
And you will occasionally need new breeches, your horse will destroy her halter, you'll fall off and hit your head and need a new helmet, you'll lose your gloves or they'll fall apart, your crop will disappear, your saddle pads will start to look gross, etc. It never ends!

I don't show but my friends who do easily spend $1000 in a weekend.

I love my barn but the training board is so expensive that I have considered leaving. However, I found that boarding at a nice non-riding school facility ($750-1000 a month) with really good care and arenas + the cost of weekly lessons would cost about the same or even more than what I'm paying for 6 lessons/training rides a week now. Maybe one day I will just want to ride on my own and save loads of money, but not right now - I have too much to learn!
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