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post #21 of 33 Old 12-13-2015, 01:31 AM
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OP, in your budget be sure you could afford your horse if something happened & you had to pay full board. Agreements sometimes change for a variety of reasons.
This. Full care board in my area runs $350-450 at most barns, which would be all of your budget if pricing is similar there. Figure out what the minimum costs would be to keep your horse boarded and healthy if your arrangement with your trainer fell through and make sure you're able to afford it if you have to.

Also, get your agreement with your trainer in writing!
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post #22 of 33 Old 12-13-2015, 03:00 AM
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I have 10 horses at home and I figure on roughly $1000/month in feed and farrier expenses. Mine are all barefoot, it would go up if they needed shoes. A set of 4 shoes, just basic keg shoes, is around $140 here. QUOTE]

Wow, $140 for shoes? Here it is $80.00.
A set of 4 by me will cost $160-180! Hence why "how much a horse costs" is a very difficult question to answer.
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post #23 of 33 Old 12-13-2015, 03:43 AM
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My horse a year costs me $6261

$1920 - Agistment
$1416 - feed that he's on now
$600 - feet
$65 - teeth
$40 - strangles & tetanus
$220 - Hendra vaccination

I am probably forgetting something...

I also like to have $2000 aside for emergencies.
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post #24 of 33 Old 12-14-2015, 12:10 AM
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One thought that might save you money on vet bills in the future is prior to a horse purchase, ask permission to check the horses medical history. There could be multiple vet's involved. In my area a lot of folks have their family vet for simple maintenance things, and then Idaho Equine Hospital for the more complex medical issues.

Knowing the horses medical history could save you a fortune!
(Is the horse prone to colic? laminitis related to stone bruises? stomach ulcers?)
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post #25 of 33 Old 12-14-2015, 05:40 PM
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I'm in Jacksonville Florida, so my costs might be a bit closer to what the OP is looking for, depending on their location.

I won't go into details, but here it's an average of $750- $850 per month per horse, and that does not include showing or lessons, nor trailer/ truck payments.

OP if you want more details I can break it down per category and what is monthly and yearly.

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post #26 of 33 Old 12-15-2015, 10:42 AM
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It depends so much what a horse costs and can change on a dime.

When I got my horse, I had him boarded for $50 a month as well, in a pasture with two other horses. We fed hay in winter (fed rations off a round bale), so I also paid my share of hay & straw for the shelter, and occasionally mucked out the shelter. Plus farrier, routine vet etc., It was really very reasonable, I don't think I spent more than $200 a month on average. I could have easily gotten by on your budget.

However, my gelding now has health issues that require him to be on controlled feed, so I had to find a new boarding situation for him, paddock board with full care, i.e. 3 feedings a day. That alone runs at 10x of what I used to pay ($500/month). If I didn't have a pretty good buffer, I would be struggling right now.
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post #27 of 33 Old 12-15-2015, 01:14 PM
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My personal thought would be to lease a horse for now and stash away some more money.

If you aren't dead set on trying to show every weekend ($500/weekend! i'm glad I trail ride and live in northern NY, not judging just not an expense for me) or set on trail riding adventures, there may be a horse at the barn you can ride more often without the expense of ownership. There may be someone at your barn or a neighboring barn that can only make it out 2x a week but really wants their horse ridden 4x a week and may be open to you doing a few classes on their horse at a show they are already going to.


I work on numerous dairy farms and occasionally the farmer will comment that their wife/daughter/girlfriend wants a horse. I tell them mine is about $2/day just for the grain/supplement (purina enrich and cosequin), I get my hay for free from my in-laws dairy farm (unless it's a bad hay year then I buy it from a third party) Spring vaccines/exams for 2 are probably about $200, other random drugs we've had bills easily surpass $500-1000 just over the course of trying to diagnose/treat. So for me and my wife it's a worth while expense since we live very close to the local horse trails.

But other alternatives may be more economical and feasible for you at this point.


one more thing: owning horses has greatly increased the challenge of us finding a property to buy, as it either increases the monthly expenses if we go to boarding them somewhere, or it increases the "needs" of a property in our search
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post #28 of 33 Old 12-15-2015, 02:07 PM
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Depending on where you live in Florida, expenses may be very different. What part of Florida are you in? In the south, hay is very expensive, like $12 to $16 a bale. If it is a good year in the south, you don't need to feed hay at all. If there is a drought, it gets very pricey.

Where I live in N. Central Fl, hay is $5 a bale for coastal and depending on whatever else you want/need, the price goes up. I pay my farrier $25 for a trim. Most horses in Florida don't need shoes, unless there is a health issue. I give my own shots, so that saves me several hundred dollars. My equine dentist's daughter is my daughter's pal, and she gives me a huge break, so teeth are $60 to $80 a year. I think a regular equine dentist charges about $100 in our area. Farm call fees are high here because everyone is so spread out. Farm call fees were cheaper when I lived in Melbourne, FL.

My horses don't need any special kind of feed, so my feed is between $10 and $14 a bag, depending on what I decide they need.

Board around here is about $200 a month for simple board, no amenities. I have two neighbors that have nice pastures and modest barns and charge that. No arena, no wash rack, no gorgeous unlimited trails, nothing extra. You won't need blankets unless you are showing.

If you live somewhere near me, NW of Gainesville, I know a man that sells used tack, brushes, saddle pads, halters, leadropes, buckets, you name it, used, for VERY cheap. You can bring your horse and try on any of his saddles to check the fit. Just PM me if you are close enough. (Florida is a VERY big state)
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post #29 of 33 Old 12-15-2015, 04:36 PM
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I kept all my receipts last year and posted a spreadsheet breaking my expenses down column by column and row by row and included a chart.

I've got 3 horses who are on my small play farm....and spent just over $6000, not including actually riding them....or rather, getting to the trail heads....

It came out to just over $5 a day per horse, or $17 dollars a trail mile averaging about 360 trail miles per year.
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My personal thought would be to lease a horse for now and stash away some more money.

If you aren't dead set on trying to show every weekend ($500/weekend! i'm glad I trail ride and live in northern NY, not judging just not an expense for me) or set on trail riding adventures, there may be a horse at the barn you can ride more often without the expense of ownership. There may be someone at your barn or a neighboring barn that can only make it out 2x a week but really wants their horse ridden 4x a week and may be open to you doing a few classes on their horse at a show they are already going to.


I work on numerous dairy farms and occasionally the farmer will comment that their wife/daughter/girlfriend wants a horse. I tell them mine is about $2/day just for the grain/supplement (purina enrich and cosequin), I get my hay for free from my in-laws dairy farm (unless it's a bad hay year then I buy it from a third party) Spring vaccines/exams for 2 are probably about $200, other random drugs we've had bills easily surpass $500-1000 just over the course of trying to diagnose/treat. So for me and my wife it's a worth while expense since we live very close to the local horse trails.

But other alternatives may be more economical and feasible for you at this point.


one more thing: owning horses has greatly increased the challenge of us finding a property to buy, as it either increases the monthly expenses if we go to boarding them somewhere, or it increases the "needs" of a property in our search
I seriously thought about leasing, and was actually very, very close to doing it but after lots of thought, I decided I wanted my own. I don't want a "schedule" for when I am allowed to ride and I want to bond with my horse and do whatever I want to with it, without having to ask permission first.

Also, I am only planning on showing once or twice a year. If I have more funds to spend then I may do more but I am still not ready to show yet.

I have failed to mention (which is probably the most important thing I've left out) is that we have been looking for land and may have our own next year. Once we have land and a barn, I will keep my horse at my place.
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