buying a horse when your 13
my name is K-K I want to get a horse I've had 4 years with horses, and I'm making a list on how much things for a horse will cost.
here is one question I have, how much does bedding in Missouri cost?|:?
I wish I could help you out. Unfortunately, the barn I train at has a barn manager that takes care of all of that, and I have no idea how much she spends for bedding. They buy in dump truck loads. I suspect prices are totally dependent on what wood/lumber businesses are nearby. I bet there are huge differences in costs regionally.
Anyone from Missouri to weigh in??
I imagine just like every where else it depends on where you buy it, what you are using for bedding. Horses can cost as much as you want them too. If you want to spend a ton you can, you can save much too if you shop around.
As Allison said, I suspect there are big differences in bedding costs around the country and also based on how you buy it.
Buying in bulk is less expensive of course. Especially if you buy it 'loose' in truck loads like Allison mentioned. But...then storage could be a problem. I'm talking fine woodshavings by the way. :-)
It would also depend on the size of the area you want to bed, and the floor within in. You would need more for a 12' x 12' stall with a concrete floor vs. that same sized stall with a dirt floor or rubber matts. It also depends on how often your horse is kept in his stall.
Here is my example: I buy shavings in big square bales from my local feed store in northwest New Jersey. I usually buy a dozen at a time and use them all in my horses stall at once. I have 2 horses, that stall is 30' by 30' and is open all the time. It also has has rubber mats on the floor.
The bales are around $4.75 (I cannot quite remember) a piece, so around $60.00.
In the summer, I buy/use them once a week because my horses spend most of the day inside to get away from the sun and the flies. But if it rains a lot, they spend more time outside. So that is just an estimate.
In the winter, they are outside most of the time. So I have to replace the bedding much less often than in the summer where I strip the stall once a week. (I do pick it out every day, cleaning the poop and the wet spots).
The point of all of that is...it really really depends on how you plan to stable your horse and how you plan to buy your shavings. :-)
It depends on the type of bedding you use and how you get it. Baled straw is different from wood chips or sawdust and those will change depending on where you get it and if it's by the bag or load.
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thanks so much guys!
all of you helped me alot! thank you jake and dai, you were very helpful and I have finished my list that I am making!I have another question, I have finished a list on how much things for a horse will cost pluse boarding and I was wondering if any of you guys could look at it and if you could give me a list of things you have to pay for and how much they cost you.
You've got to remember shots, wormers, feet trimming/shoeing, teeth care, emergency vet care, it all adds up fast
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kkwb..there are a bunch of threads on here that list out all that is needed for a horse and estimated costs. You should search around as there is some excellent info that you can add to your list.
The one thing that cannot really be estimated is emergency vet care. I think many people put aside a chunk of money for an emergency fund. Which is very smart as you never know when you'll need it.
But I think you can also find threads here that have that information as well. :-)
here is the list:
(I will put down how much things would cost me)
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