The Most Expensive Horse You Will Ever Buy.
Okay So You Got Your First Horse YAY!
You got a nice show horse/pony which cost you around 6,000 to 15,000 dollars.
After getting the horse you don't want the responsibility of keeping it at home either that or you don't have the room so you decide to agist the horse at your riding school.
That Costs $11.00 A Day Which Equals $77.00 A Week. That's for a stable at night, paddock during the day, being fed, included hay, being rugged at night and morning. The only thing you have to do is make and buy the food and ride the horse. Also the lessons 2 times a week.
2 Riding Lessons $100.00 $50.00 per hour.
You also want the horse to be yours which means you have to register it with the Equestrian Federation. $110.00
Then you go down to a local saddlery and buy a tack box which comes with the following;
Hoof Oil Brush
All that cost you around $30.00 to $40.00 +
Now that you have done that you decide instead of borrowing the previous owner's ****ty tack you want to buy your own. You need something suitable for the horse and what you wish to do so you decide to get:
Trainers Jessica Dressage Saddle: $2,000.00 +
Or you want something a bit more practical,
Leather General Purpose Saddle: $500.00 to $1,000
You decide to go with the Trainers Jessica Saddle. Now you need the bridle and reins to match so you get bridle of the same brand.
Trainers Snaffle Bridle w/ Hanoverian: $39.95
Your riding teacher has some spare saddle blankets from her old tack shop for sale you decide to get a nice light blue one with navy blue trim.
GP Saddle Blanket, Light Blue: $50.00 +
Now you need some Working Boots and Bell Boots.
Working and Bell Boots: $50.00 +
While you're at it you decide you need a whip.
Dressage Whip $10.00 + or - amount varies.
So you also get a wool Numna while you're at it. $30.00 + or -
You also get the blankets for the horse.
Bib $40.00 +
Summer Rug $50.00 +
Woollen Rug $100.00 +
Canvas $100.00 +
So now you have pretty much everything but not just yet. You need to get the worming for your horse and re-shoding. Also you need to get some hoof oil and No Knots™ for your horses tail.
Re-Shodding $100.00 +
Hoof Oil $30.00 + or -
No Knots™ $20.00
So now you have basically everything you need. The food cost a few $100 when you need more and the boarding of your horse is still being paid. You still have 2 lessons a week for an hour and go down there in your free time to have a ride.
Now you want to start taking your horse places so you decide you need a horse float and so you go out and buy one.
2 Horse, Float $10,000 +
Congratulations if you have gone through this you spent over $10,000 on your horse. Perhaps even more than $20,000
This list will be added onto when I find more horse expenses ^^
or you could be smart and buy things second hand :P
but this is for those people who have to have everything new xD
If you want everything new, you shouldn't buy a horse. You'll go broke!
LOL, if you don't want to go broke you shouldn't buy a horse! I'm always saying, "Sorry, I don't have any money, I own horses.". Nuff said.....LOL!
For those lessons, unless you're going to ride unprotected and naked :lol: you'll need the entire riding ensemble for humans.
jodpurs or riding breeches
boot jack to help you take them off
then if you show, you need better clothes just for showing.
You'll also need to factor in the braiding for the horse's mane and tail, unless you do it yourself, then you just need the elastics (or needle and thread if you prefer).
You'll need all the show shine stuff and the hoof shine stuff and a good pair of clippers. Actually two pairs of clippers; big ones for the body and fine ones for the face.
And did you factor in a nice display case for the ribbons and trophies you'll win?
And a photographer?:wink:
For those who say you'll go broke.
I have a horse I got everything new xD
However I have decided to cut back my lessons to once a week because my instructor lifted the price up ._.
Can someone tell me how to edit the post so I can add some more stuff on?
Of course today's costs of keeping a horse fit and ready for competition are ginormous. I reckon here in the UK to spend £5500 per year on day to day 'subsistence' costs.
In value she's worth about £8000 - if I ever found a buyer for her.
As for tack and equipment, well I have a shed full of stuff including four saddles none of which fit her. But they did fit at one time or another, one or more of the other seven horses which I have owned over 35 years.
Riding is an expensive hobby and once you've started to learn what you are doing it is addictive. It usually becomes the hobby of a lifetime. You did not include in your summary all of the framed photos which hang up on the walls of the house.
Neither did you warn any budding owner, that the same costs apply even if you own the wrong horse. In truth, spread over the years, unless you go out and buy a really expensive warmblood at a mega money price because it is a champion, the cost of purchasing the horse is minimal, compared with the cost of keeping it. What is important is that you take your time and buy the horse which is right for you.
Nothing is more infuriating that planning a ride, getting home early and then when you go out into the padddock you can't catch it. Or, of course, there are the dangerous horses which will kick bite or throw you off.
If you can't afford to buy and keep a horse, then rent it by the ride. But if you that route, you will always know the horse isn't yours and the horse will know that you are not its master.
So be pleased you have discovered horse riding.
Marry someone who can afford both you and your horse.
I have 3 horses, my own 5 acre place, a truck and trailer, and didn't have to marry someone, 'who can afford me and my horses'.
In case you haven't heard, women are quite capable of earning money and taking care of themselves. :?
Buying everything new is fine if you have the money, but most people aren't independently wealthy and have to work for a living. If your job pays enough that you can afford all new horse items, that's wonderful. Most of us don't have jobs that pay six figures a year, though. Budgeting isn't just smart, it's essential! :wink:
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