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post #11 of 20 Old 08-04-2010, 12:12 AM
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So if I budget for about 3000 a year I should be fine?
You might wanna budget for more. You're board is more expensive than mine and I'm probably spending $3000 a year. I just had to have the vet come out on an emergency and it totally pretty much wiped my savings out(not that there was a lot of money in there lol) because the $500 I set aside didn't cover it.

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What about like..ignoring board? Say board is $400 a month? I think a lot of things you buy are one-time things, like the grooming supplies and tack. How often do you guys shod/trim (do you do both? Sorry, I come from knowledge of bare feet ^^)? And how much do you budget for the vet and stuff? Does the farrier cost for a visit as well as the trimming/shodding? As well as the vet--like if you call them to ask a question, does that cost, or if they come out to check something, how much is that? =/
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Do you think 3000-4000 is good for emergency funds, and maybe 2000 set aside for tack before I buy?

What about actually /horse/ costs? What will you guys /not/ spend over? I'm looking for a young horse with some spark, but definetely well broke and maybe novice/training level. Maybe 8-12 y/old. I've been thinking about 2000 but I've considered going up to 4 or 5000. I'm not sure what you guys would spend. But I would be happy if I budgeted for four or five thousand and found a good horse (there's a nice Quarab in my area that's a bit on the old side, but I know a been there done that horse) that's only $700, and then have a lot of money left over.

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I get my horse trimmed on all 4 feet and front shoes every six weeks (no longer than 8). I pay the farrier $75 dollars each visit. My vet charges nothing for phone calls. If I have my vet out for a non-emergency, during their regular buisness hours, then it is $30 for the visit (that is just for them showing up), plus the cost of whatever they do. It costs me a little over a hundred dollars to get his west nile, rabies, tetanus and to have the blood drawn for the coggins (which you will need if you plan on riding away from home. My vet also recommends a six month west nile which will be around $50. Now if you have an emergency and have to have the vet out, the cost will go way up.

I think $3000-$4000 is good emergency fund and with $2000 you can get yourself some decent tack.

As for the cost of the horse, this is a buyers market. You should be able to get a good, safe horse with $2000. As someone else mentioned though, it will depend on what you want to do with your horse. If you are just wanting a nice quiet trail horse, I wouldn't go over $2000.

You mentioned buying a horse that's kind of older....about how old are you talking about? If you are planning on buying a senior horse, you may have to have a bigger monthly budget planned out.
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post #15 of 20 Old 08-04-2010, 05:29 PM
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I live in Ontario, and Board my horse in Fenwick,pelham. So i will give u the highs and lows of horse boarding, not to mention the actual cost of the horse

Board-
-175(outdoor)
-500 (indoor, nice boarding stable)
I pay 430, but moved my horse to a stable that is 367.25
Hay and grain are included, as is shavings
-tack-I have a cheap saddle and bridle, because i started my horse when she was 2, so i didnt want expensive tack -$1500-started saddle,bridle,girth. etc up to 5000 for custom saddles, which i dont have but wish i did... well someday maybe
-Shots-150/year, at a boarding stable you can share the vet call fee
-Coggins-$50-75/year
-Horse insurance-$330, depends on value of horse, mine is 330
-hoof trims-$25-40/trim, 7x per year
-Deworming-$20 x 4x per year
-Lessons 34/group, 45/private
-Dental-$100/year
-any accosiation fees, trailering, shows, vet fees, tack
-Blankets :$150-500/year, depending on quality and how many you buy, it gets really cold in the winter so a good heavy duty winter blankets might be needed
-misc-$200-600/year
-trainer fees
-travelling
-supplements

That gives you an idea of the costs, per year to keep a horse, keeping a horse at home is cheaper if you have the proper facilites
there is a horse calculator that will help you, Mine total per year costs came to : $6022
http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-exclusives/horse-expense-calculator.aspx

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post #16 of 20 Old 08-04-2010, 06:07 PM
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OMG mine says $10,000 a year! There is no way that is right ... i must have over estimated!

It really depends on where you live as to the costs .. my board alone ranges for $625-$400 a month depending on what stall he is in.

Call some boarding facilities, as around for farrier costs (this also depends if you are going to have no shoes, 1/2 shoes or full shoes, pads, special shoes etc), also you can call vets and see their prices.... anywho basically do your research in your area

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And how much do you budget for the vet and stuff?
This is a difficult question to answer.
I would say plan on spending about $500 a year for an annual checkup, (it is actually better if you can a afford 2 a year) vaccinations, and a coggins test. Since you will be boarding, there may be additional vacs. that the BO requires you to get.

But, as you may know, horses are perfect examples of accident prone organisms. What happens when your horse slashes his/her leg open and needs stiches? What about when it comes down with some illness? These emergency costs are the ones that are really going to skyrocket your vet bills.


As for Farrier/vet call out fees, (if they are not emergencies) some BOs will arrange for the stable's estabolished farrier/vet to come out. Then you can sign up for a time slot to have the farrier/vet work with your horse. I have seen some farriers/vets cancel their call out fees if it is run this way. I have also seen situations where the call out fee is spread out among the boarders who are being seen that day.
Of course, if you have an emergency, or do not wish to use the established farrier/vet, you will have to cover the call out fee by yourself.
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Thanks guys ^^
To answer a question, nothing over 12, since I'm interested in competing/showing. Probablay around 7-9.
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How do you know what kind of winter blankets to need? It's like..50s-70s in the winter, it might get down to the 30s for a week or so but it's not cold and barely ever snows.
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Depends on:

- if your horse is going to be in a stall or has covering
- if your horse grows a good winter coat
- if your horse is used to being blanketed

Keep in mind if you start blanketing you need to follow through with it all winter b/c you have stepped in the the growth of their natural coat. (don't get me wrong i am the BLANKETING QUEEN- my horses are always layered and well insulated but if you start you have to be willing to follow through with it)

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