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post #41 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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I feel sorry for my cousins horses though, they are both kept on less than a half and acre together and don't get grain and hardly ever get exercised and have no barn or shed. Am i the only one who thinks they are in poor living conditions?

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post #42 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 06:34 PM
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I'm sorry, but if you put your horse on an acre alone it will also be in poor living conditions. I really, REALLY think you should board.
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post #43 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 06:46 PM
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I feel sorry for my cousins horses though, they are both kept on less than a half and acre together and don't get grain and hardly ever get exercised and have no barn or shed. Am i the only one who thinks they are in poor living conditions?
Would you really want to turn to people who keep horses like this in an emergency?
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post #44 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Would you really want to turn to people who keep horses like this in an emergency?

well now that i think about it i guess not. they act like they know a lot about horses but i don't think they really do. i do have one of my best friends who owns horses. she knows a lot about horses

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post #45 of 58 Old 10-10-2010, 07:17 PM
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I think you need to discuss your budget with your parents. Then you can decide which is the best way forward for you. Could you not keep a horse with your best friend to start with?
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post #46 of 58 Old 10-11-2010, 01:17 AM
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I think for any first time horse owner, the BEST option is to board your horse. At least for a year. That way you know you will have somebody there if you need help or just have a curious question. If you can find a good boarding stable, full of nice, knowledgeable, horseman; I garuntee you that that year would be more valueable to you than weekly lessons or calling somebody up when you need help.
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post #47 of 58 Old 10-11-2010, 01:37 AM
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I just spent about $1000 fencing in a field, and that is parts and not labor. The labor was free as it was me, but it was hard work and it sucked. We did not use ideal fencing it is called wooden snow fence, but aside from barbed wire or electric it was the cheapest I could find.
My horse used to cost $350 boarded, $90 farrier and whatever vet, as it is unknown.
But he was loosing weight and the barn owner did not let them out in the field enough so now he costs:
$280 full field board with a woman I trust who does everything for him
$90 farrier, who is my next husband, he is a genius and really cheap
and who knows what for vets bills as I don't have a crystal ball
and then supplies, if he needs an extra blanket, or a new bridle, or suppliments or hoof polish or whatever.

All in all I expect to spend about $500 a month on my horse, if I don't, it is nice, but then there are times when you need to call a vet and there is never enough money. Personally if I could not afford $500 a month, and financing an emergency, I would not own a horse - but then I am 34 and childless as I don't think I can afford a child yet, whereas most other people just do it and then figure it out.
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post #48 of 58 Old 10-11-2010, 03:09 AM
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They are expensive.

For me I pay $50 per month for my horse which includes,shelter,pasture,roundpen,tack room,etc. So I got a good deal on that.It's self care.
My horse gets her hooves trimmed about every 2 months so that is $30 every other month
I only worm my horse twice a year.Once in spring and once in fall so it would be $20 a year max on wormer for me.
Vet bills! Now thats the expensive thing. My horse coliced..I owe almost 1000 on a vet bill and I also have to give her probiotics now because of it which is $15 a month.
Food...I would say for good quality grass hay it will cost you 120 a ton.Since my horse is on pasture I give her 2 flakes of hay and her rice bran/wheat bran mixture.
Tack..you are going to need it and it ends up being very expensive also.
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post #49 of 58 Old 10-14-2010, 11:36 AM
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Some of you have really cheap full board!! Where do you live?? Ours ranges from $1000 - $1600 and dometimes as high as $2000 or even a bit over that !! Lol
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post #50 of 58 Old 10-14-2010, 11:50 AM
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My first horse it was exspensive.
2500 for the horse
idk for the vet check
board $350.00 a month
then we moved so it was $450.00 plus lessons farrier etc.
then we moved again it was self board so $210.00 so they can feed her but we provide the grain
then we moved back to the first barn for $350.00 a month now all were doing is paying for feed and the farrier:)
since shes at my grandpas.
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