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QueenCheval 01-27-2013 08:50 PM

What should board fee be?
Hi, I've been thinking about buying a horse once I'm 16. My family, however, has been less than interested about my horsey business, and my mother told me that if I wanted a horse I'd have to pay for it. Currently, I'm taking lessons at a stable and once in high school I'm doing stable chores for my hours. So, I want to board my future horse there. It's a shabby but welcoming, 20-or-so stall barn with an indoor arena, outdoor arena, trails and plenty of pasture. My question is how much would board be? The stable staff would care for my horse (feed, turn out) in the morning and after school I'd come to the stable to exersize, feed, and care for him. I'd have a stall for bad weather, and pasture when it's nice out. There is a tack room, and grain room with hot/cold water. If anyone could give an estimate of how much the board would be? I'm guessing between 100 and 500$ a month... feed included.

Iseul 01-27-2013 09:01 PM

Why don't you just ask how much they charge for board?
They could be cheap, reasonable, or expensive, you won't know until you ask.

Around here (western pa) a farm like such would he upwards of $300.

Also, make sure you're taking into account all horse bills and savings, it isn't just board. Vet bills (yearly shots and emergency), tack fund (if you're obsessive like most of us, you'll want new things allll the time), farrier, shows(if you plan to show), trailer fees if you need to go somewhere, money tucked away for if board goes up (with all prices lately), etc.
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JaphyJaphy 01-27-2013 09:01 PM

Why don't you ask them? The cost is going to depend largely on your location, and the going rates in your area.

SlideStop 01-27-2013 09:18 PM

Around here you can find a backyard place for about $650 and a commercial barn for like $800+. Don't forget, vet, shoes, supps, tack, supplies... You don't realize how deep the money pit is until your eyeball deep. I know the job a had at a wholesale store would make me about $150 on a good week, while I wasn't in college.

Have you considered leasing? Usually you pay a flat fee a month (no surprise vet bills, farrier bills, or added cost unless previous discussed with the owner). You can ride any amount of days you draw up the contract for.
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