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post #1 of 6 Old 11-10-2010, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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First horse- help?

So lets take a moment to cheer for the fact that I am getting my first horse. HURRAH!

But allow me to back up so you can fully understand this tale.
I have been out of work for the past year. Which is, obviously, why I haven't had a horse- they tend to cost money. But I got a job today, much to my joy, and I promptly skipped off to the man who rents out his ten acres and checked out his land to see if it was livable for my little mustang. Indeed, it was, and already had three equines prowling about the pastures. The rent is fifty dollars a month, not including hay (Its all grazing when theres no snow anyway) or care. The horse I am receiving from a family friend is four hours away- quite the haul. My aunt offered to tow my horse up here for me, though, which was very kind of her. I plan on going to get her in a month or two, once I've gotten some income.

But, to the point of this topic.
I'm wondering how much a bare minimum vet check would cost, or even just a Coggins test. I'm also wondering about the general cost of hay- from what I've seen, it runs about 70$ a month.

I'm also freaking out because I am going to be solely responsible for such a large animal with six months left of high school. Oh. My. God. Any advice you have for a poor stressing student and her -soon to be- mare would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-10-2010, 07:53 PM
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This is going to cost you. Around here a Coggins costs $40. Vet check is whatever a vet charges for farm call and the check. Probably over $100. Have you thought about possible sickness, or injuries? I think you better make sure you have A and B plans if you end up short on cash. I hope everything goes well for you but yes this can be costly.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-10-2010, 07:56 PM
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But, to the point of this topic.
I'm wondering how much a bare minimum vet check would cost, or even just a Coggins test. I'm also wondering about the general cost of hay- from what I've seen, it runs about 70$ a month.

I'm also freaking out because I am going to be solely responsible for such a large animal with six months left of high school. Oh. My. God. Any advice you have for a poor stressing student and her -soon to be- mare would be appreciated.
Both vet and hay prices vary widely across the country, so keep that in mind as you receive responses. A vet check can go from a basic exam for about $50 to several hundred if you add blood work, x-rays, etc. Coggins is $25 here. As for hay, if you know how much a bale weighs and if you figure on about 25 lbs a day for an average 1000 lbs horse, you'll be in the ballpark.

...and for stressing...just remember that you're out to have fun and enjoy your new horse...so relax and enjoy her!

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-10-2010, 07:56 PM
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Don't be scared when your new horse really doesn't like you the first few days. She'll be very nervous. Give her plenty of time to adjust to her surroundings you'd be surprised how much this can effect their performance. Go see your horse every day and make them positive visits so she relates you with being a good thing:) This will lead to a great relationship and enjoy her!!! Good job on planning before all of this. A lot of people just jump into and don't realize that a horse really is a living thing and regardless of their size they are sensitives animals:)

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-10-2010, 10:38 PM
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Are you going to be going into college soon?
Can you only afford the bare minimum?

Hay here is around $4 a bale for alfalfa/grass. Coggins will run you about $60. A basic vet exam (no xrays, no extensive blood work, etc) will run you about $150.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-11-2010, 02:20 AM
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Wow Ga prices are high compared to some of the previous posts. Basic vet check, coggins, fecal, spinal alignment, and blood work totaled 425$ here. I almost forgot the vitamin shots...forgot how much those were but I'm thinking they were 16$ a shot 1 a week for 8 weeks. Antibiotics weren't cheap either.
Not to mention feed 20$ a bag 1 per week or so. Supplements- Red Cell, Pro Bios, Hoof and joint ran right at $150 for a 30 day supply. And the never ending stream of hay. LOL Hay is about 85$ for the good stuff (round bales weigh between 1000 and 1200 lbs.They last about a month IF he doesn't tap dance in them and play with more than he eats.) It's covered but I don't leave what he pulls out on the ground to long since it tends to get tromped on and just dirty.
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