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post #1 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Costs

Alright. You all know I'm looking for a job, for a car, for a horse.

I'm just needing a little bit of help pricing. I'm planning on doing a full board, I'm pretty sure--simply because between jobs, school really early in the morning, I don't have time to do a partial board at the moment. I just don't have time to get up at 4:30 to feed a horse. But regardless, pretending this is a partial boarding--can you guys tell me what you pay for farrier/shodding, worming, shots, vet checks (and what about a check before I buy--what does that cost), hay, grains (and what that lasts for), the supplies, tack, grooming supplies, etc, etc, etc. I'm looking so I can get an idea.

If you don't know--or have an average price--can you do like..between _ and __ so I have an idea?

I'm really organised with my money and I want to know what to be prepared for, vet kit and all, how much money to have set aside, etc.

Any help would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 12:38 PM
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Full board in my area ranges from $100-$350+ a month, depending if you want just pasture or a box stall. Most places around here include feed and worming expenses in the boarding fee. Of course, vet and farrier are all added on top of that.

Farrier: $30 per horse, just trimming.

Vet: $50 per horse, yearly vaccinations. Emergency and teeth floating can add $100-$150+ per horse.

Worming: $5 per horse 6x per year.

Hay: $3.25 for 30lb bale...not a very good deal, but they live nearby so we save on transportation costs (a place near me charges $0.30 per mile).

Grain: $12.50 per bag. It is kinda hard to judge this as my horses are on different feeds, but I believe a 50lb bag lasts one horse 2-3 months with the amounts that I feed them. Every horse is different.

Tack: Look at spending around $500. Get a good quality used saddle and go from there. You can always get a nice leather bridle later.

Grooming: $30--mostly a one-time purchase if you take care of the brushes and stuff.

I hope that helps!

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post #3 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 02:16 PM
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You should be able to look at boarding places around you to get an idea of what you are going to have to spend, as well as what it includes. It varies quite a lot from area to area, and many places also tend to charge extra for lots of holding for the vet/farrier if you have to work, blanketing.....etc.
My board varies-and is about as follows:
NY-stall with no indoor ring $300, with indoor $400.
VA-stall with indoor $450 (amd that is a great deal)
Hay and pelleted feed included at both places, fed twice a day.
MD-stall with indoor $560, plus extra $25/mo in winter for hay.

Farrier-$30 trim only, $100 front shoes only, about every 6 weeks for either. (NY price)

Worming-quarterly fecal $15, wormer as Rx'd by vet $10-15 (we buy it and give it)

Yearly shots, coggins, etc approx $150/horse.

Tack-that depends on what you want. I have a Bates Caprilli, cost about $1400, and a western reining saddle cost about the same. Bridles/headstalls you can get for about $50 each, average, then the bits start at around $25. I would suggest buying used if you can, but it is tough to get a saddle to fit well sometimes. You can get Synthetics for less for sure.

Misc tack-saddle pads start around $30-40, girth around $60, brushes and all the crap-I would figure about $100-$150, which would include getting some first aid supplies.

Blankets-I figure around $150 per.(Dover saddlery's are great and reasonable) Make sure you get a high number-ie 1200-1500 denier. They last longer.

Make sure you leave yourself an extra "cushion" for emergencies that may arrise-even with a first aid kit-you will always need something you don't have. Just works that way.......

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post #4 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. =]
I'm looking about 300-400 for full board here.
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post #5 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 03:22 PM
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We live in a pretty expensive area. Full board is about $350-650. I've seen it cheaper at private farms for partial care, as low as $175. We do not board, hay is $4 a bale. Grain is between $11-15 a bag. Our fat horses only get a cup once day with their supplements so it lasts us months.
-Farrier $90 for front shoes, I think $130 for all around and $45 for a trim, more if you need bar shoes/pads. Our farrier is one of the cheapest in the area, I know more than one farrier around here that chrages $200+ for full shoes.
-Vet- I can't even begin to decifer his handwriting to tell which shots were for the horse and which were for the goats, but prob was around $100 a horse including cogins and call charge for spring shots. He is also one of the cheaper vets in the area.
- Floating $100 a horse. A bit more if you need a tooth pulled, but hes very reasonable
-Dewormer is usually $7-13 a tube

The vet check is going to depend on what you want done. You will probably have to pay a call fee, our vet charges $45 for that. Then the price is going to depend on if you just want them to look them over, check joints etc, or if you are going to want x-rays done.
Tack is going to depend on what deals you find. You can usually pick up used halters, bridles, girth, pads for really cheap. The saddle is probably whats going to get you if you want something that is quality.
I agree that you should have an extra "cushion" for emergencies. I blew over $1600 on a mare that I had just bought a month prior. And of course it was when work was really slow and I only had $600 in my bank account. I ended up ebaying off my saddle and all my tack to pay for the bill. In hindsight I think I should have just ebayed the horse and kept the saddle
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post #6 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 03:40 PM
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The American Association of Equine Practicioners has stated that the minimum yearly cost to properly care for a horse (excluding vet and farrier fees) is $1,800. But if you aren't able to at least shell out $3,000 per year, per horse, you won't be able to provide adequte (sp?) care to your horse(s).

As for the initial cost of purchasing a horse, It depends on your skill level and what type of horse you are looking for. I would put aside $1,500 for purchases other than the horse. Things like tack, pre purchase vet exam, and trainer recommedations.

hope this helps
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post #7 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 03:42 PM
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Horse Cost Calculator -
There's a horse cost calculator here...I used it and this is what I got. Monthly-$251.25 Yearly-$3015.00

My board only costs $175, he's outside 24/7 unless we have really bad weather, indoor arena, outdoor, trails, grain and hay included. I kinda estimated on the other vet fees in case of an emergency and my coggins cost cause I honestly can't remember. Of course there's always buying a halter that you don't need or a saddle pad and it throws the estimated cost off but its really close. =)

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post #8 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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So if I budget for about 3000 a year I should be fine?
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post #9 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by CharliGirl View Post
Worming: $5 per horse 6x per year.
Whoa, you worm six times a year?! I only worm four times a year, or every three months on a rotational program.

But thats just me Do you have a specific reason for worming so frequently? (sorry, I'm curious!)

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post #10 of 20 Old 08-03-2010, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by twogeldings View Post
Whoa, you worm six times a year?! I only worm four times a year, or every three months on a rotational program.

But thats just me Do you have a specific reason for worming so frequently? (sorry, I'm curious!)
I worm 6x per year, because we can get some pretty big worm infestations here. Especially with this summer being so wet and humid--even I have intestinal worms. Definitely not fun...

Also, older equines are more susceptible to contracting intestinal parasites, so when I worm Kubie, I worm the other two for good measure.

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