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post #11 of 28 Old 12-21-2009, 11:38 PM
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I live in FL, which is the opposite side of the country, but I hear living costs in CA are much higher, so I'm not jealous, LOL. Here's how it breaks down:

-My TB himself cost 500 dollars to buy, but then I paid for him to stay on the old owners property for a month, so the cost of that was like an extra 150.

-425 a month for board (but I know bales of hay here cost like 7 or 8 dollars a TB eats like 8 or 9 bales of hay a month by himself, and grain is 25 dollars a bag, so thats 100 dollars a month)

-10-15 dollars every other month for wormer

-35 dollars every six weeks for a hoof trim, but it was 80 when he was getting shod in the front

-his tack set cost me 300 dollars used, thats a saddle, headstall, reins and a breast collar, I bought the bit separate for 25, and then a hackamore for another 25, and then new reins for ten.

-his vaccinations are relatively cheap, something like 120 bucks for everything he needs in the goes down to like 40 in the fall, because I do the vaccs myself then.

-don't forget to factor in an emergency fund (or a credit card payment, lol) and also some money to play with; you might want to go to a clinic here or there, or maybe hire a trainer or take lessons or something.
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post #12 of 28 Old 12-21-2009, 11:47 PM
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thats just hay, grain, wormer, and a water trough and heater

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post #13 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 09:56 AM
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my TB eats like 8 or 9 bales of hay a month by himself
If you found a Thoroughbred that only eats 8 bales of hay a month... I want one! Unless you mean round bales, that makes sense to me :)

For me in Northern MI here... hay is $2 a 50 pound square and $25 for a 600 pound round bale. I use Safechoice feed ( $11 ) Purina Equine Senior ( $12 ) and Triple Crown Complete ( $18 ) as well as my own mix from the mill which is approx $5 a bag. I give my own vaccinations, the horses feet are trimmed every eight to ten weeks which is $25 and de-wormed every six weeks for around $8.

I'd have to say it costs me right around $1,300 per year per horse. Which is close to $110 a month.

This of course does not include fencing, shelters, land taxes, horse trailer, the truck to pull the trailer and maintenance on the truck, tack, spare treats/toys/blankets, the significant raise in the electric bill from the horses water heater or any vet bills that may occur.
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post #14 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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thanx for all the info. really looks like I could say $6000-$10,000 per horse/per year? Seems like quite a bit. Wife is set on 2 horses eventually so this will help not going in and being blindsided with costs. We are really thinking of Rescue for our first unless we run into something good as far as size, manners, ect. Thought was to start buying stuff now but don't know if this will work for everything? Can I buy a saddle now even though don't have a horse? All saddles can't fit all horses, right? What about bridles and stuff, there must be size differences? Sounds like I need lots of help. Suggestions here have been great. Ride the horse first, see a vet with horse before buying, need a trailer for emergencies, I would bet, talk to people about the horse if possible, many more I don't even know yet. Again you people will help us alot I am thinking so thanks in advance, Larry
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post #15 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 12:14 PM
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I actually don't find my horse to be all that expensive, but maybe it's because my board is so low!

$25 per month for board
He eats one bale of hay a day, and each bale costs $2.50
$17 for a bag of feed twice a month
$30 for a trimming every 6-8 weeks, $80 when he gets shoes on
$35 every few months for deworming
$135 twice a year for shots

This doesn't count any medical emergencies, though.

Good luck!

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post #16 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 12:58 PM
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It really depends on a lot of factors. What discipline you in? you board? private property? farrier, shots, feed, blankets, tack and miscellaneous vet bills.
There was a thread started a few months ago and the cost varied from a 6,000-25,000+ thousand a year. What your expenses will be entirely depends on the area you are in. Board will vary, training expenses will vary.

Good for you for inquiring about it now vs when you already have the horses.
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post #17 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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discipline? wife wants 2 horses to ride!! looks like we need lots of help. Just want to slow, trail ride mostly I guess. Live in San Diego County so costs will be higher than most places. I am getting numbers from $2-3000 up to $10-12000. I am going to neighborhood stables and asking questions but this is just as fun with so many smart people. I have 2 acres with nothing edible I assume for horses. We have no equipment besides a barn and 3 corrals (app. 20' x 30' each) with one having a completely enclosed stable (app. 15' x 12'). Vet bills I am sure is hard to figure I was just trying to see an average for a horse that was "normal". How do you learn how to give shots if that is what we want to do? Just some crazy thoughts of mine. Thanks.
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post #18 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 04:38 PM
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It sounds like you have quite the set up! Are you keeping your horses at home? knowing that you have corals and assuming it's all good fencing, the only expense that you would have to pay for is the hay. You would have to stick to a daily feeding plan. If you board, which could also be an option, it's less work for you but ever so expensive. I wouldn't choose that option. Here in Calgary, the price of a bale of hay is about 5/bale.

You will definitely have farrier bills which can vary from $35-120 that will be every 6 weeks or so. You then have annual shots which costs about $20.00 per horse plus the worming which between 2 horses on 3 times a year schedule will be able 60 bucks a year.

As for vet bills, well thats usually the unexpected stuff so there is no way to guess what you may or may not have.

With the set up you have tho, I would suggest keeping the horses at home. If you are new to horses, then boarding for a few months might be a good option until you get the hang of things.

Happy buying
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post #19 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by New_image View Post
my TB eats like 8 or 9 bales of hay a month by himself
If you found a Thoroughbred that only eats 8 bales of hay a month... I want one! Unless you mean round bales, that makes sense to me :)
lol nope, I'm talking about the small individual sized ones. He gets four flakes a day, and each bale has about 12 flakes to it....I forget which number I used (it may have been 14) and hes actually getting fat! And I've wormed him recently, lol so he's not sick xD.
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post #20 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by lnds View Post
How do you learn how to give shots if that is what we want to do?
Most vets are more than happy to show you. The shots are intramuscular and is pretty much just stick them and give the shot. Here's a website that shows you how/where. Most horses don't fuss at all.


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