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post #51 of 58 Old 10-14-2010, 01:31 PM
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Angelhorsegirl, it ranges $400-$500 here in central NC for full board at a fairly nice facility. Pasture runs from $150-$250, depending on whether they feed for you once a day or not. There are some cheaper, but IMO, you get what you pay for...

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post #52 of 58 Old 10-14-2010, 01:46 PM
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Thanks for the respective input to this thread, I'm looking around for the future myself, and costs vary so much depending on the area, but one day I would really really like to make it work at a close boarding place here.

Thanks for the info all!!!
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post #53 of 58 Old 10-14-2010, 01:57 PM
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I think boarding would be a good option for you.

PLEASE shop around for barns first even before you start looking for a horse. Every boarding barn is different, and you really want to talk to the BO or manager first. Don't be shy to ask questions, you're the one who may be paying them to take care of your horse. Have your best friend come with you.
Ask them if they have pasture board, it's usually much cheaper than paying for a stall. Ask them what kind of hay they use, their grain, where do they get their shavings, which farrier/vet comes out there. Would it be possible if you wanted to bring your own hay or grain, or work out a boarding agreement where you're the one you comes out twice a day to feed or whatever. Ask if there's a discount if you clean your own stall. I would shy away from a barn who wouldn't allow you to bring your grain or hay. That just doesn't sit well with me...

This is how much it costs for me:
Horse cost: $1500
Board: $150/month
Yearly shots: ~$100
Teeth: $85/ once a year
Trims: $25/ every 5 weeks
Dewormer: ~$12/ every few months
MSM supplement: $15/ every 2 months or so
Grain: $42/every month

What my trick was before I actually bought a horse was I bought brushes or anything that you don't need the horse for yet. (Ex: saddles, bridles, blankets, things you need to know the size for you can't buy until you get the horse) So by the time I got the horse I had almost everything I needed.


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post #54 of 58 Old 10-14-2010, 02:04 PM
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whitetrashwarmblood, a lot of barns don't want you to bring in your own feed and hay because it is already figured into the board cost. It is also a lot more complicated to keep everything straight if every horse in the barn gets a different feed and hay. Most will accommodate if there is a good reason, like an allergy, or a senior needed a special diet, or something along those lines, but I wouldn't expect a barn to agree to special food if it isn't needed. They can easily fill a stall with someone not so picky in most cases.

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post #55 of 58 Old 10-14-2010, 02:17 PM
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If we're talking strictly monthly maintenance, my board is $175 for pasture board which includes feed. We may consider moving him to stall board in February when a stall opens up which will be $275. Our farrier charges $25 a trim and the horse I'm buying (if he passes his vet check) currently gets trimmed every 8 weeks.

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post #56 of 58 Old 10-14-2010, 03:15 PM
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whitetrashwarmblood, a lot of barns don't want you to bring in your own feed and hay because it is already figured into the board cost. It is also a lot more complicated to keep everything straight if every horse in the barn gets a different feed and hay. Most will accommodate if there is a good reason, like an allergy, or a senior needed a special diet, or something along those lines, but I wouldn't expect a barn to agree to special food if it isn't needed. They can easily fill a stall with someone not so picky in most cases.

I understand that, and I doubt many people would bring their own hay because I can see where that could make things more complicated. To me though, if someone brought in their own grain for their horse I don't see that as such a big deal. I do it myself, and I know many other people who do the same. I don't think that's picky. To me, picky is a want my horse fed at exactly 9am and 5pm, exactly 13 pounds of hay, etc.


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post #57 of 58 Old 10-14-2010, 03:22 PM
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Very informative thread, I was asking my friend the other day about the cost of horses it doesn't sound bad for one but anything more seems to add up pretty fast. I know if I ever get horses I would never get anymore than 2....maybe 3.
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post #58 of 58 Old 10-15-2010, 06:09 PM
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I know if I ever get horses I would never get anymore than 2....maybe 3.


We all say that. I am *down* to 9, I have had as many as 14. I started off with 2.......
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