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post #21 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 09:09 PM
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Unless I musunderstood you, you're in San Diego? Go to Lakeside to a feed store... you can get alot of the info you're wanting that way, and Lakeside is close enough in the area you can easily get there and get the real answers to your questions.

In Cali, you're looking at alot higher expense than the rest of the country

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post #22 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 09:14 PM
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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.
K sorry this just doesn't add up? 8 bale of hay a month!

even if you're feeding 1/2 a bale of hay a day (which is 4-5 flakes of an average hay bale) that should be 15 bales a month.

I feed more like 30/month per horse....that is a bale /day....split into 3 feedings.

So I think you meant 15 bales a month (at least I hope so, as that would be the minimum amount of hay to feed)

And to the OP I think your costs would be on the lower end of the scale, as from the sounds of it...you don't have boarding costs. And your just doing pleasure/trail riding. So no need for fancy supplements, extra grain, or daily dewormer, that sort of thing.

and good lord, for the person that said it costs 20,000 to keep one horse for a year!?!?! What are you feeding it? Diamonds! That seems quite excessive to me? Id have to work 10 jobs to keep the amount of horses I have!

Id say closer to 2000 is the average.

Horses are like chips...you can never just have one
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post #23 of 28 Old 12-22-2009, 11:45 PM
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I have 4 horses but I will just tell you what my expensive one cost me last year.

Prince is a 14 yr Dressage Arab who I also give lessons on. He is on decent pasture 24/7.

Farrier - Alum. Wedges every 6 weeks $75 x 9 = $675
Worming- $10 every 8 weeks = $60
Feed- 4lbs Strategy a day at .25 a lb = $365
Teeth float - $300 (I usually do my coggins at this time too)
Spring shots - $25 (I do my own)
Fall Shots - $25
Supplements- $30 a month = $360
Hay - 12lbs a day at $.12 a lb. =$525.6
Vet - He slashed open his buttcheek that cost me = $600
My two horse CM payment was $120 for like 3 years. = $1440
Fly spray, corona, showsheen, shampoo estimate = $200

Yearly total: About $4600.00.. wow and I have 4 of them.. I hope my husband doesn't read this!

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post #24 of 28 Old 12-23-2009, 03:03 AM
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K sorry this just doesn't add up? 8 bale of hay a month!

even if you're feeding 1/2 a bale of hay a day (which is 4-5 flakes of an average hay bale)
The problem is, to say the average bale is meaningless, because bale sizes vary so much from area to area. So you are likely having a disagreement, because justsambam08 is talking about different sized hay bales than you are.

For example, I'd say for my area an average bale has 12 to 14 flakes.
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post #25 of 28 Old 12-23-2009, 08:16 AM
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I have two horses so i guess it could get cut in half. but heres my total

Hay - $81 a week, for 6 bales @ $13.50 each, timothy / alfalfa 80lb+bales = $324 a month
Grain $30 a month for gingers triple crown 30% and $20 a month for lunas triple crown complete
Shavings - My stalls are matted so i only put a little bit down. I go through about 4 bags a week at $5 a bag = $80 a month ( summer time i load the stalls up, winter i dont b.c i have to dump outside the barn door and then move it when it defrosts , plus being in more they waste a lot of hay and drag theyre makings all over so i'd go through about a bag a day each.)
Beet pulp = $20 a bag every other week so $40 a month

total for feeding my two horses = $494 ( all not including tax haha so over $500)

OH and my rough board is $175 for my two stalls together =] i got a steal of a deal.

remember keep emergencies in mind. we spent $550 on luna's leg to get stitched back together when she was romping around he tore it open on something. And i had to have the vet come out to look at a hematoma, that was $60 plus the $40 on meds that i got online with the perscription. then there is the floater and farrier and etc. My fiancee studied with a farrier a long time so he does my two =] . Also wormers and shots and all the other things that brake from time to time haha.
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post #26 of 28 Old 12-23-2009, 12:09 PM
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The problem is, to say the average bale is meaningless, because bale sizes vary so much from area to area. So you are likely having a disagreement, because justsambam08 is talking about different sized hay bales than you are.

For example, I'd say for my area an average bale has 12 to 14 flakes.
True to some degree. She said small individual sized bales. And when you bale, the baler is set to pick up X amount of hay...even if you have 12 flakes of hay, a bale w 10 will generally be smaller in size but will be the same amount hay (reason being tht the hay is just packed tighter)...but would be the same amount of hay...flakes are just bigger...make sense?
At any rate, like I said 8 bales would be the minimum to feed/month. She lucky she has such an easy keeper :) most TB would not fair so well on tht amount of hay.
But if it works for her, and her horse...thts awesome!
This is another reason why one must feed horses by weight and not volume as it will make a huge difference in different types of feed.

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post #27 of 28 Old 12-24-2009, 12:38 AM
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^^^yeah, even if she's talking about eighty pound bales, 9 bales is not much more than 20% bodyweight a day for a 1200 lb horse. Still, I cringe when I see arguments over bales since invariably some people are thinking 40lbs, while others are thinking 80lbs .
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post #28 of 28 Old 12-24-2009, 09:57 AM
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Yearly total: About $4600.00.. wow and I have 4 of them.. I hope my husband doesn't read this!
That made me giggle. You also have to add annual horse and tack insuranceas well. Unexpected vet bills will also come up at the most inconvenient times.
Having horses is very expensive, but when you look at it, if you didn't have them, you would be spending the money on something else. At least you are outside, you are active , it's a good stress reliever and the rewards that come along with it are beyond anything you could be spending your money on.
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