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post #21 of 28 Old 12-14-2018, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by stevenson View Post
60 for shoes once a year ? I am confused you only shoe once a year ?
If that was aimed at me, yes.

99% of the time, we aren't riding anywhere rocky, so they get barefoot trims. Once... sometimes twice... a year we ride in Eastern Oklahoma or Coal County, west of us. Both areas are extremely rocky. All the other times? Sandy loam so there's no need to shoe them. If we need to go from pasture to pasture, usually there's a gate in the cross fencing, so no need to get on the gravel road, and if there is a need, we ease them into the tire tread areas - rocks are kept knocked off those two places from car tires. Alternatively, there's usually a nice grassy shoulder to ride in until we can get off the road.

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post #22 of 28 Old 12-14-2018, 10:49 AM
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Whatever I spend, it's worth it in the end. I do it all for Promise. I budget well, but sometimes of course, things get tough. But I always make it work.

I try not to splurge on unnecessary things, but sometimes we can't help it!

Promise is barefoot, so I save money there.

I agree with @Tina hannah, it is all money well spent & we can't take it with us. Why not enjoy it and if we can spoil our horses, so be it. They deserve it.

I used to board at a private barn, but now I am boarding (at my trainer's facility, it's not necessarily a 'boarding' barn, mostly for people to bring their horses to get trained, only a few actually board there) & they provide the hay, bedding, etc. I just provide my own feed.

It's $200 more expensive than the private barn, but totally worth it. Much better for me & I have to say, I am spoiled with an indoor arena now & 2 outdoor arenas. Only a few people actually board there, so it's quiet and peaceful.


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post #23 of 28 Old 12-14-2018, 02:31 PM
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Uhh.... Ha.

200 for board
358-ish for hay
25 for grain

She gets her feet done for 150.

I haven't really bought anything else for her other than coconut oil for her coat.

Considering I still have to deal with my "board" and my feed (electric, water, gas, etc.) what I pay for her is really pushing i haha and most times I go a week on 25 bucks until my next paycheck. BUT I count myself lucky. some board other folks on here pay is terrifying. Its funny, I can find self care board for cheap and then it can jump to 800 at another barn down the road. Kinda scary.

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post #24 of 28 Old 12-14-2018, 10:43 PM
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Iím currently spending way too much because Iím involved with leases on four different horses. My goal is eventually to get down to 1-2 horses.(one for me, and one for my daughter, if she is still into riding.) However, for now, itís kind of awesome to test-drive such a variety, so I figure its money well spent.

For the senior horse I care for and his spunky, somewhat green pal Aria, I spend $250/mo for pasture, $100+ a month on senior feed. (Owner is supposed to re-emburse me for that, but I havenít seen a check yet,) and $120 every 6-8 weeks for the farrier. In other words, those guys are cheap.

For the horses me and my daughter ride, we only have them 2 days a week and I spend $300 on the lease, plus $60 every 6 weeks for farrier for one horse, plus lessons that are $50 a piece.

That said, I just spent over $500 for boots for the horse my daughter rides. I PRAY they help with her tender feet.

So, yeah. All my money. LOL. However, I think its worth it to try out a bunch of horses and fields where I live... Because why spend 5K+ on a horse Iím not sure about when I can slide into ownership on a horse Iíve been working with for months?
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post #25 of 28 Old 12-15-2018, 01:57 AM
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I make it a rule to never, ever, add up everything I spend on my horses. Basically they cost just enough to keep me perpetually broke, but then I don't have much to start with either!

Reality is there are way too many variables to determine the cost of horse ownership.

Ask around the area where you live, as this forum covers a lot of territory on both sides of the pond (some in the middle too) and no-one here likely pays exactly as much as anyone else.

For general purposes it is usually cheaper to keep your horses at home, and show barns are generally the most expensive. Then there is everything in between!
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post #26 of 28 Old 12-15-2018, 02:05 AM
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Nope, don’t want to know. Way too much haha
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post #27 of 28 Old 12-15-2018, 09:08 PM
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For me, horses are non-negotiable. As long as it is humanly possible to keep a horse, I will have a horse. From my first pony ride on Daisy, a little brown Shetland with a golden mane and tail and a beautiful white star on her forehead, horses have been non-negotiable.

I was a good girl, obeyed the rules, and put off having children (although desperately wanting them) until I was married and had a steady income. Guess what? 61 years old and childless.

So I donít add up the money. Iím not totally out of control and several life-long horse dreams have yet to be realized. Taking a lesson on my own horse? Nope, too expensive, havenít done it yet. Riding consistently enough to clock 50 miles a week? Nope, donít have enough time. But as long as I have a horse of my own in my backyard I can still dream.

So bugger counting up the money. As @Tihannah says, life is short.
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post #28 of 28 Old 12-16-2018, 01:59 AM
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Atoka.. oh okay , so you only shoe when going to rocky areas. That makes sense. I only trim my horses, none have shoes.
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