Just like Chingaz, I was just going to lease a horse for a while and see if I wanted to buy one. I was at a point where 1 lesson a week wasn't cutting it for me anymore. I wanted to ride a few more times. So I tried to lease a horse...and, well, Horse People are CRAZY!!!
At my barn, where I still take lessons, are people who wanted to lease their horses. But the demands that they put on me, were unbelievable. Forget that! I am not saying that everyone who leases their horse is out of their mind crazy, but some are.
Surprisingly, my trainer just jokingly said, "Why don't you just buy a horse?" I looked at her and said I can't afford that. She decided to give me a run down of all of the prices for a horse. She did remind me that buying the horse is the cheapest part.
Field board where I live is $275 a month. Full care stalling is $350-$400 a month. This includes twice a day feeding with grain, free-choice hay, and unlimited grass when it is in season. Farrier is $65-$70 for front shoes only, every 6-7 weeks in the winter, and sometimes every 4-5 weeks in the summer. Timmy wears front shoes only and gets a trim in the back. Worming every other month, $10. Dentist once a year, $65. Vaccinations, about $100. All of my equipment, ( saddle, saddle pads, girth, med-weight and light-weight blankets, fly masks, fly spray, halters, lead ropes, grooming supplies, helmet, bit, polos, plus immediate emergency vet supplies, $1500-$2000. That is on the cheaper side. I got a lot of things on sale and at clearance prices. My trainer gave me a bridle, which if you get a good one can be $200. These are the immediate costs that I have occur in just the first 6 months. I have, thankfully, *knock on wood* not had any emergency vet needs, which I know can get rather expensive.
So, it is never truer than the saying, "The horse is the cheapest part." Timmy is a 4 year old Appendix gelding, 15.3 and still growing Chestnut horse. He is an easy keeper. I bought him in July and he was going for $3500. I got him down to $2650. I had him for trial for about 2 weeks, just to make sure that I liked him. I know that many people buy the first horse they try and make a grave mistake. I was very lucky and had a great trainer, who picked out a perfect match for me. He was the first horse I looked at, and I feel in love with him and wouldn't have chosen any other horse.
Just be careful, if you do buy, horses are a lot of work and are a lifetime commitment. But I love every second of it and wouldn't change it for the world.
Sorry for the book, but I just want you to be sure before you make any decisions.