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post #1 of 24 Old 11-26-2019, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Average cost to keep a horse per month?

Hey all,
I’ve owned horses most of my life, however, I moved to America a few years ago so I have NO IDEA of the cost of feed, bedding pellets, farrier, insurance over here. I am looking to buy my first horse here (finished Reiner) and trying to get together an average monthly cost for Hubby.
Also, can you recommend a quality horse feed brand please? Unfortunately, I am not accustom to American feed brands either.
I am in Houston TX and want to estimate high so Hubby gets no surprises when unexpected “horse stuff” happens.
Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 24 Old 11-26-2019, 08:20 PM
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post #3 of 24 Old 11-26-2019, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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I understand there is no exact figure but I used to allow for $1000/mo per horse on my own property (so exclude agistment/board). That is hay at $25/small bail, full set of shoes are $150, 1 bag of hard feed $50, chaff, supplements etc the prices aren’t as high here so was just looking for someone to give me a rough guide as to what they allow per month for a performance horse.
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post #4 of 24 Old 11-26-2019, 08:50 PM
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Hey, I just worked this out!

Keep in mind that I don't actually pay for the horses yet, these are just figures I got from my parents (who pay for them) as well as from looking at prices on gumtree and stuff

Quite long, sorry! Parents trim our own horses and I plan to too, so you'd have to add those costs in.


Food
Hay: 23kg per bale, Ĺ bale a day during winter (3 months/90 days) 45 average square bales, $10-20 per bale
=$900 ($20)
=$450 ($10)
Chaff: 25kg bags, $20 p/bag, 200grams a day, 125 uses a bag, around 3 bags a year
=$60
Salt: 1 Tbsp p/day/around 20grams, .90 per kilo of salt, 50 uses in a kilo, 7.3 bags a year
=$6.60
Mineral block: 5kg blocks, max 100grams per day, 50 days, 7.3 blocks a year, $7 a block
=$51

Tack:
Leather conditioner: 3x a year, $15 a bottle
=$45
Saddle soap: 3x a year, $15 a bottle
=$45

Vet:
Annual check-up (vaccinations included):
=$250
Wormer: $12 each, 4x a year
=$48
Emergencies: $5,000 (injuries, diseases/illnesses & hooves, damaged tack)
=$5,000

Misc.:
Lessons: $50 1/week
=$2,600
Competitions: 1/month, $100 entry fee
=$1,200

Yearly:
Total: $10,205.5 (everything max)
Total: $3,555.6 (competitions left out, cheap hay, no emergencies)
Total: $1,064.6 (no mineral block, no tack conditioners, no lessons or competitions, no emergencies, cheap hay)

Monthly:
Total: $850
Total: $296
Total: $88
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post #5 of 24 Old 11-26-2019, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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You’re amazing @duskexx . Thanks for your help. 😁
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post #6 of 24 Old 11-26-2019, 08:58 PM
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Cost is so dependent upon location...
Houston as shows in your avatar still is a large area for costs...

Are you having the horse home or in a boarding barn or with a trainer at a training barn so you can keep current and show...
If you refer to home boarding then costs estimated below are totally not applicable as overhead is way different...

You did say finished reiner so...show facility atmosphere.
I can tell you on Long Island to have a horse in a show barn/training facility will start you at $1,500 - $2000+ a month plus lessons...
This should include hay, bedding and daily care...not sure about feed. Good feed regardless of brand is probably in the range of $25 - $35+ a 50 pound bag.
If you need to purchase hay...prices again are going to vary widely by what type of hay and how good a quality it is...you can buy $6 per bale to $40 per bale...big difference in quality and grass specifics.
Shoes, reining specific with sliding plates...probably looking at $250+ without any corrective shoeing involved.
Vet...to start $400 a year for maintenance, routine care...no emergencies.
I think the prices on the island are on the higher side for most places so a decent start to what it might cost.
Till you find a specific barn and pricing, to narrow it further is not going to work.

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post #7 of 24 Old 11-26-2019, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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@Horse livinguy thanks for the input.
If I get this horse, I will keep it at a friends show barn. They will charge me $425 for a stable with a paddock turn out and cleaning the bedding, that’s it. I will have to provide bedding, feed, hay, supplements etc.
I am looking at getting insurance, historically my show horses have looked for ways to hurt themselves so I imagine that pattern will continue.
I am estimating $425 for a place to keep him and an additional $800/mo on average for feed, shoes and general maintenance.
I’m not including Vet bills or showing expenses in this estimate, that’s another can of worms. Haha.
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post #8 of 24 Old 11-26-2019, 09:59 PM
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In this part of the country, full care board runs $400/mo and up. Basic Vet (shots, de-worm, checkup) is around $150, 2x per year. Farrier is ~$50 for barefoot trims, and ~$200 for four shoes, every 6-8 weeks.
I would budget at least $1000/year for emergency Vet; what you don't use, put in a savings account for when you do need it.
Saddle(s), tack, accessories, fly protection, turnout blankets, trailer, truck, fencing . . . the list goes on and on.

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post #9 of 24 Old 11-27-2019, 07:00 AM
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@Horse livinguy thanks for the input.
If I get this horse, I will keep it at a friends show barn. They will charge me $425 for a stable with a paddock turn out and cleaning the bedding, thatís it. I will have to provide bedding, feed, hay, supplements etc.
I am looking at getting insurance, historically my show horses have looked for ways to hurt themselves so I imagine that pattern will continue.
I am estimating $425 for a place to keep him and an additional $800/mo on average for feed, shoes and general maintenance.
Iím not including Vet bills or showing expenses in this estimate, thatís another can of worms. Haha.
Welcome! That sounds like a good estimate to start with.

I would suggest you check into other full boarding (show) facilities to find out what full show board cost, and add shoes and vet costs to that. Just in case you ever have to move stables...

Can't wait to see what horse you pick!
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post #10 of 24 Old 11-27-2019, 07:21 AM
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Is it your plan to board or keep your horse (s) at home?

Boarding situations include hay, bedding, and feed.

I imagine the Houston area will be expensive, either way.

Your choices of quality feed and farriers should be better than average.

I might plan on 1K/month and I might up George Tís medical emergency fund and say have 2K sitting back, if possible. Vet costs are on the rise and emergency vet care does. It come cheap anymore.

My worst emergency call was last spring. The horse was hurt so bad, I could not get him on the trailer. The only available vet was out of my county. The road fee was $136 dollars. The vet fee and muscle relaxer (which I had to drive to the district equine pharmacy to get it) was around $400 or more, I canít remember by now.

So there was half of 1K in one fell swoop and the horse never left the property. I am in an ag county in Middle Tennessee (not near as expensive as Houston:).

It was worth it, she saved his life. My point is have as big an emergency cushion as you can or a lot of $$$$ on a credit card dedicated to the horse.

Again, I would plan on $1,000/month for routine care and feeding and stash $2,000 for
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