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post #31 of 58 Old 10-09-2010, 10:34 PM
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[QUOTE=I also know the supplies for a horse can cost A LOT. but i went 2 some lady's yard sale today and bought a halter, bell boots, shipping boots and a really nice blanket all for $19! (i know i don't have a horse yet but it is still fun to shp for horse things!)[/QUOTE]
What a great deal! but, Just a peeve;; Don't buy a halter unless you know what size your horse is![not to waste money]
But yeah I love to shop for horse things x]

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post #32 of 58 Old 10-09-2010, 11:05 PM
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Wow, could there be a question with a broader range in answer than this? LOL

My horses have never really cost a fortune and hey were/are all WELL taken care of.

My current costs for a 2 1/2 year old colt.
Price:$950.00

Shots per year, about $250.00

Farrier does all four feet for $45.00 every 2 to 3 months.

Doesn't need teeth done so far.

Paid maybe $50.00 to $75.00 for grooming supplies that I've taken care of and hadn't had to replace much yet. Brushes, hoof pick, curry comb, etc. Fly mask, spay, shampoo, etc.

Good grass hay is about $7.50 a bale here, so for hay anywhere from $700.00 to $1,000.00 + a year for hay.

He lives at my house so no board cost, and he pretty much accident free so far so vet bills have been average.

Oh and wormer about $20.00 every few weeks.

It costs as much as you want it to. Horse health and safety is first, so if that can't be done, you can't afford a horse. If you can and have room to spare for emergencies, changing economy and all the little goodies your baby just has to have(guilty) it should be smooth sailing. (: Lol

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post #33 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 05:22 AM
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wow, I never thought about it but now that I thought about it I don't want to think about it anymore.
With Caleigh I was barely getting by. Then things got a lot better financially, work changed and things were fine. Then add an accidental Sammy and I wasn't getting by anymore so I had to find a lease on him and fast so I could forward myself up to where I could get by. Now I'm getting by but it's still a lot to schedule in and budget. Luckily my work is horses so I can afford to work and train at the same barn.

Caleigh's the simple horse for me.
Board 390 full care/month
no shoes only trim $40 every 6 weeks
40.00 dollars for Alfalfa pellets she shares with sammy so lets go with 20.00 for her (2 bags) per month for her.
All tack, blankets, wraps and other fun expenses probably about 3000 including lessons and other training since last August.
teeth and shots 320 give or take
In total, well lets not total that up.

Sammy is my accident bad judgement that turned out to be great.
400 per month for board
120 every 6 weeks for trimming and front shoes
20 per month for alfalfa pellets shared with Caleigh total 40 dollars
tack and other fun expenses about 1000 since May 2010.
Teeth and shots about 320 give or take

And for shows for this winter with two horses, hauling, stalls, and class fees it's a total of 539.00
I can only guess what the spring and summer show bill is going to look like and this is cheap for most seasons I've been told.

*looks over everything again*
ugh my head hurts

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post #34 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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We would probably not be able 2 get another horse as a companion. we have a few dogs and cats that love horses (i took them 2 the stable where i ride once) and we might be able to get a goat or something like that. wouldn't that be ok?
also we were planning on building just a run in shed not a barn, we are kind of on a budget, i'm the only one who likes horses in my family, we can't spend all the money on me.

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post #35 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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What a great deal! but, Just a peeve;; Don't buy a halter unless you know what size your horse is![not to waste money]
But yeah I love to shop for horse things x]
i know but it was only $0.50 !

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post #36 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 08:32 AM
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No, dogs and cats aren't enough for a horse companion, and I don't think a goat would be your best option, either, but it's much better than nothing. I really think you AND the horse would be better off if you boarded somewhere, even just pasture board.
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post #37 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 08:56 AM
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But a run in shed is fine, you still need to get hard standing around it tho'. Prevention is *much* cheaper than cure with horses. I think, when you add up the costs of getting your area ready, you may find boarding cheaper and better for your horse. Round where I live,to rent a nice stable and grazing, often with facilities like a manege and walker is about 20 ($25) a week - you provide your own feed and hay and do all the work. You can spend a year's rent in the blink of an eye once you start making land suitable for horses.
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post #38 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 10:03 AM
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Yes, building a run in alone, and building up the ground under it with decent packed footing so it doesn't flood when you get a heavy rain will likely run not in the hundreds but thousands, especially if you have to hire someone to build it. And don't forget you'll still have to clean out a run in the same as a stall, or the horse will be standing in 6 inches of manure in no time, so you have to add in cost for that equipment as well.

We honestly aren't trying to discourage you from getting a horse, it's just that first time horse owners are USUALLY better served boarding, at least for a while, for the best interest of the horse. The first time something goes wrong and you can't get ahold of the vet on the phone, and you have no idea what to do, you'll see what I mean. Having other horse people around at a time like that is a blessing, even for those who have had horses for years.

And Sunny is right, in most cases, a goat isn't enough. You might could get by with one, but what will you do if it doesn't work and your horse is miserable? In all honesty, if it's just one horse, by themselves, it is cheaper to board. You won't have building and repair costs, feed and hay is included, and you have the peace of mind that your horse is being cared for without you being responsible for every single thing. That alone is worth it's weight in gold. Just really think about this decision before you commit to anything.

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post #39 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 06:00 PM
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The first time something goes wrong and you can't get ahold of the vet on the phone, and you have no idea what to do, you'll see what I mean. Having other horse people around at a time like that is a blessing, even for those who have had horses for years.
That is so true. You need to build those relationships, people you can trust to come when you need them. Even when you know what to do, some things you can't do on your own. I must have phoned people at least once every couple of years with the stark statement "I need help, now." Accidents, deaths, bad foalings, vehicle breakdowns, where you have to take action before the vet gets there and it is physically impossible for you to do all that is required on your own. And we *always* turn out for each other, however inconvenient it may be.
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That is so true. You need to build those relationships, people you can trust to come when you need them. Even when you know what to do, some things you can't do on your own. I must have phoned people at least once every couple of years with the stark statement "I need help, now." Accidents, deaths, bad foalings, vehicle breakdowns, where you have to take action before the vet gets there and it is physically impossible for you to do all that is required on your own. And we *always* turn out for each other, however inconvenient it may be.
i know i wouldn't be knowledgeable in every situation that might occur w/ a horse but my cousins who live a few houses down from me have 2 horses. im sure they could help me if i couldn't get the vet.

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