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post #21 of 30 Old 09-03-2012, 08:40 PM
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True that, AlexS! Ask me when the last time I bought a new....anything for myself! Doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, as I adore sales and clearance racks anyway, haha!

Truly, yes, the cost of hay alone this year due to heat/drought has increased here, so I stockpiled until next season's 1st cutting which has indeed cost more than our summer property tax.....Could be much worse from what I've seen on the weather Ch., so @ $5.00/bale of quality hay delivered, there's much to be thankful for :)
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post #22 of 30 Old 09-03-2012, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Princess Bubblegum View Post
Holy smokes.. In OH, I can board at the local Amish, full care, for 120 a month.. I can ride in the pastures. Oh, and they do trimming for 7 dollars a horse (And they are very good farriers) and around 30 for 4 shoes!

That's my cheapo way of doing things, LOL. I usually board at a barn that costs around 400 for all the extras.

Ummm jealous much?! lol I pay 185, have to clean my own stalls, provide the shavings, and provide the grain. They(thankfully) provide the hay. Then again I do have an indoor and outdoor arena but lord i still want that deal! lol
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post #23 of 30 Old 09-03-2012, 11:59 PM
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I keep my horses at home. Im in PA:
feed here is $18 a bag for what I use- triple crown. My two easier keepers eat a bag a week together.
My hard keeper eats one bag a week herself. Plus a bag of alfalfa pellets - $12. And gets a supplement $57/60 days. And a bag of beet pulp every 2 weeks $15.

I use a round bale every 3 weeks for 3 horses -$30
I do also buy square bales here $3-3.75. Alfalfa bales are 4.50-5

Hoof trim is $30 mine are barefoot.

Every 3 months I do a fecal on them. If it comes back clean I do 6 months. Fecals are $22. Wormer is decent priced $ 8-12

Vet: I do my own shots. So ~ $32 for 5 way (which has tetanus and flu rhino) /each. We dont travel more than 30 mile radius of my local area. so i get west nile also but thats all Tho i do not recommend this if yiu are not taught how to do it properly. And rabies is $18 for a bottle that does all 3 of mine. When I had the vet do the shots it was 150-200/each. Farm call is $50. $100 emergency.
Other vet costs just for example here: lyme disease test anywhere from 165 (my old useless overpriced unhelpful vet) to $83 (my current amazing intelligent reasonable vet)
Don't let an overpriced vet fool you. (Don't let a cheap one fool you either) pick a smart one.
Blood panel $40-60
Antibiotics $50-60 a bottle.
Rectal Palp $35
Exam $30-50
So much of that is about what vet you use

Tack is as expensive or cheap as you want it to be. Depending on new/used, etc.

The hard part is when they get sick. Because sometimes its very expensive and time intensive.
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post #24 of 30 Old 09-04-2012, 12:25 AM
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I live in Central California, and here are the monthly expenses for my 6-year-old boy, Mudpie.


Bales of alfalfa - $72 (1 bale [$18] typically lasts 1 week)
Bags of cheap brand senior feed - $30 (1 bag [$15] typically lasts 2 weeks)
Supplements - $85 + (I buy a month's supply at a time through SmartPak)
[he gets U-7 Gastric Aid, SmartHoof, & CortaFlx]


Co-op boarding $100 a month (do-it-yourself)
(morning feeding & cleaning) $150 a month [$5 a day] - I have school so I can't get to the barn in the mornings


New shoes $100 (once a month, due to Mudpie's weak hooves)

I can't say what yearly vet bills are, as they are highly unpredictable with my accident prone boy, who seems to get seriously injured one way or another on a regular basis.

But the yearly expense for the basic care of my Mudpie is:


Granted, right now it's a bit inflated, but my step dad will pay for all that as long as I do well in school. So I'm all over that! ;) I'm just filling him up with good care and love while I have the opportunity!

That's a wee bit more expensive than your "average" horse care, because Mudpie tends to be rather high maintenance, but it's not all that far off!

Just little expense report, so you can get a wider range of idea on what a horse can cost.

That's not counting all the tack and equipment, entry fees, etc. :)

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post #25 of 30 Old 09-04-2012, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Leonsbrushofluck View Post
Ummm jealous much?! lol I pay 185, have to clean my own stalls, provide the shavings, and provide the grain. They(thankfully) provide the hay. Then again I do have an indoor and outdoor arena but lord i still want that deal! lol
Well, talk to your local amish :P
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post #26 of 30 Old 09-04-2012, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian View Post
I'm also in MD, not too far from Val and here's my costs:

Board: $275 for full care field board (It's $200 for partial care - hay, water, shelter)
- Outdoor riding arena, 7 miles of trails on property, new barn being built, roundpen being planned, cross country course being planned, obstacle course being planned

Trailer: $35/month trailer parking

Farrier: $40 every 6 weeks (My trimming lessons have only progressed to me doing touchups in between proper trims, otherwise it would be every 4 weeks). I think shoes for me would also run close to $200

Vet: About $75-100 2x/year for routine care, I think Coggins is like $40 once/year

Floating: $125 - I pay a little extra because she will also do a bodywork session along with the float. He LOVES the head massage part so much that I can't not get it for him, LOL

Deworming: We do fecals and split the cost between all the horses in the field so each test runs me $4, plus the dewormer ($2-15)

Feed: Hay is included as needed. I buy All Phase ration balancer. Still working on the bag I bought in May. $23

Supplements: I bought some electrolytes for the summer - $10

Where do you board?
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post #27 of 30 Old 09-04-2012, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Ponies View Post
For our trims its 35 and for replacement of shoes (front only) its 85 and 100 for all four. (This includes trim and whatnot)
For vet check its about 30-80 depending on who you use and what day.
Shots are about 25-100 ( if you buy them at tractor supply or vet approved store)
Hay here is 3-8 $ a bale, grain is about 12-25 depending on brand ( I think this is regular price of Sweet feed. Not sure about pellet.)
Then saddles are 100-1000 depending on brand, style and how used.
Bridles are about 10-70 again, as above.
board here is 100-400. Ours is 300 but we all work off 50$ so its 250. Now most people will tell you you can only get a backyard plodder for around 1000. I bought my boy for 1800. (Hes out of a superior wp stallion and is a SUPERB show horse. Just needed little work.) He went for 6k two years ago when he was unfinished in wp and trail. Look around for deals, people cant afford their good horses anymore and will sell cheap! They were asking 2500 but people are NEVER firm. Even if they say so. ;)
Where do you board?
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post #28 of 30 Old 09-04-2012, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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I am taking lessons!
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post #29 of 30 Old 09-04-2012, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by xJumperx View Post
Woah o.o
Here in KY I can do both barefoot ponies for 50 bucks. For Cowboy's front shoes, 80. That's insane xD
Lol! I can trim myself actually. But I much rather go with professional (plus easier on my back). If you go closer to DC prices are even higher than that (I'm not even going to go into boarding prices!).

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post #30 of 30 Old 09-04-2012, 08:50 AM
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Holy crap on a cracker!! You American guys have it rough expense-wise! Alli costs me between 2200 and 2500 a year (a good year, as in no unexpected vets bills etc) which would be like $3500 to $4000 in US$.... Not $6000ish!

I always kinda assumed America (well, some parts of it) would be cheeper than the UK because horses are still used as working animals and livestock far more so than here in the UK. Well that was an eye opener!

OP, one of the best ways of deciding whether horse ownership is for you instead of simply getting lessons is to lease a horse in the winter. Round here there are some trecking centres who let their horses out in winter because the business is slower and its cheeper for them to get rid of the horse for a couple of months in the off-season. Any barns round your way which might do the same? They often lease them out for free. You get the experience of ownership with out having to worry so much about vets fees and unexpected bills. Winter is the hardest time of the year to own a horse. Less time to ride, way more feed costs, more likely for diseases like mud fever, chills, rain rot etc etc etc to develop due to crapper weather and less sun... Its generally harder to own a horse in winter, so if you get a winter lease survive and, most importantly, still enjoy it, go for it!

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