Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
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.