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post #11 of 15 Old 10-19-2013, 11:57 AM
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Hay - 75 per horse we have three so that would be, 225 a month.
board - 75 per horse in full time pasture - 225 a month.
vet - The vet hardly comes out and we do our own shots, but for the teeth floating for one year and shots for one year it is probably about 390 including all three of my horses. It is variable depending on how many shots you need to give them and for the teeth floating it could be any price and they only come once every some years depending on how often your horse needs it.
farrier - We don't shoe our horse and it is 30 for a barefoot trim - 90 bucks for all three horses about every six to eight weeks. - two of our guys only need it every eight weeks and our third guy needs it every six weeks.
tack and other tools - We don't spend a whole lot, like this year we probably spent about 500 dollars, somewhere around there.
Grain or special feed - one guy is old, so we give him calorie100 and beet pulp - and to buy that once is around most likely around 60 dollars to buy it once.
Barrel Racing Fees - We only went twice this year at the home ones, and I ran multiple times. 30 bucks for my horse, 30 bucks for my moms horse for the first time. Then the second time I ran four times - so 60 bucks, and my mom ran twice, so 30 again.
Now these are the prices for all three of our horses put together.
hay - 225 bucks for the whole year.
board - 225 bucks for the whole year
vet - about 390 for the whole year
Tack - about 500 through the whole year. This is an estimate because I am not completely sure.
farrier - 90 bucks for one time. Assuming my math is correct, that would be about 651 bucks for all three horses all year.
- abut 60 bucks to buy one time. Grain would be about 180 bucks the whole year.
Barrel Racing Fees -
150 for our runs this year.
So for one year we spend about 2411 on all three of our horses - varying with the amount we spend on tack and the vet prices for teeth.
There might be some other things I am forgetting - but this is the most of it!

My mom says that horses are pretty expensive - and depending on what all you are doing then yes, they can be.

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post #12 of 15 Old 10-19-2013, 12:20 PM
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As others have said there are many variables for horse ownership.

I do not own land so I have to board my horses. I have two geldings in full pasture board in southeast Texas. There are cheaper places around but this one is clean, loads of options like arena and covered arena, walkers, wash racks hot and cold, tack room, staff on board and owners on the property. I pay $500 a month for both of my horses every other month and $525 on the other month when they worm them. I do their hooves myself and often give them their shots.

I spent a chuck learning to do their hooves and buying top notch rasps/knives that were pretty costly but when I have had their hooves done it is $70 for both of them so that is why I learned to do it myself.

If I had my own property the cost would be less in one way and more in another with upkeep/insurance/equipment. I figured that I spend almost $12,000 a year on my horses including my trailer note and gasoline to haul them when we go trail riding. They are worth every penny but I will be glad in March when the trailer is paid off - I will be saving $2,400 a year.

Look around for a nice place and hopefully you can work off part of your board. Learn to do hooves yourself - make sure you get a horse with hooves that do not have to be shod and you will save a chuck of change. When I was looking for another horse the prerequisite was non shod hooves.

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-19-2013, 04:45 PM
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There are lots of factors regarding horse costs. A lot of the people who have posted on here are from the US where horse ownership tends to be a bit cheaper, so take that into consideration when reading through. Again though, I'm from Australia so my costs will be different too.

My costs really vary because I tend to move about a fair bit. I'll give you a bit of an example, right now it's spring and there is heaps of feed so I'm paying approx 10 pounds a week in feed and agistment. Plus 30 pounds every six weeks for the farrier.

However in winter I was paying an extra 30 pounds or so a week in feed, to cover hay and extra feed.

In one of the last places I lived my only agistment option was a small private paddock for about 32 pounds a week. As it was small I was always spending about 30 pounds in feed a week (year round) so each week that was costing me about 60 pounds.

All these costs have been self care paddocks (where I can go there once or twice a day, feed, unrug, water) and have been places with minimal facilities (grass arena).

If I wanted stables around the area I would be looking around a minimum 40 pounds a week not including feed and still self care.

So it really, really varies. Also, be aware just one vet visit can easily be over 170 pounds, so if your horse is injured you need to have that money spare. You're also going to need tack (I've spent well over 600 pounds this year and I already had everything), dentist and incidental costs like transport, or lessons. Here you're looking at probably at least 30 pounds for a lesson.

The best thing to do though is to google some businesses in your area, or even share your area on here in case anyone lives there. Lots of boarding stables have webpages with prices, even feed stores are online and you can get an idea of your costs.

As others have said, your choice of horse can play a big part in your costs, it can sometimes even nearly double your farrier and feed costs. Choosing a horse (and breed) that is a "good doer" and who doesn't need to be shod will save you more in the long run. However, they may cost more. For example here Ex-racers are cheap and plentiful but can have high upkeep costs, to get something with lower upkeep costs you end up paying a higher purchase price.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-19-2013, 04:52 PM
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Per horse:

$40/6-8 weeks farrier
$100 a month each for hay
cost of water (?)
Extra cost of rent: $2-500/month (depending on what else we'd get)
Cost of vet variable. $400 for August, for one horse.
~$60/year per horse in booster shots (reg five way or whatever, rabies and West Nile)

Grain? Depends on the horse.
I also usually supplement, but I try to get those on sale or at auction.
All that together it can get kinda pricey, but buying in bulk helps, since I have four horses. One is still boarded...I pay $150 a month for her and she is grained twice a day, pasture, hay and whatnot. It's slightly cheaper for me to have them at home despite the massive increased cost of hay here in SoCal versus the East coast.

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post #15 of 15 Old 10-19-2013, 05:32 PM
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Geez...makes me wanna rethink these three new ones xD
Anywho, I currently have one horse that I'm boarding at a private barn.

-$3.50/bale, I feed about half a bale a day
-about $52/month
-$18/50lb bag and a bag has been lasting about a week and a half at one scoop a day.
-about $26/month
-Cool Calories, $23/bag and a bag lasts me about 3-4 months at a scoop a day
-Electrolytes, $12/container and that lasts me about 1 month, should I use a scoop a day routinely.
-$85/6 total about $800 or so a year?
Vet Savings:
-I haven't started this But it will be $100/month.
-$65/year about

So, total for the year is about $4, 960, give or take.
And that's my version of an easy keeper, minus her crappy feet that need shoes (fronts only though, thank god!). No more rescue cases for me, haha.
And, I'm in western pa a little west of Pittsburgh.
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