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:
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.
$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?
Last edited by SketchyHorse; 07-31-2013 at 03:00 AM.