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post #31 of 33 Old 12-17-2015, 06:42 PM
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I built on 14 acres with no thought to having a horse, so I don't count my land costs. Figuring around $400 for hay and miscellaneous feed (November through March), $250 for the vet, maybe another $150 for salt, minerals, worming tubes, and then maybe another $400 for maintaining the fences, the run-in shed, and electricity for the 1500 watt heater that keeps their water liquid when it's -30. I do my own trimming. That totals about $100/month for my two horses, or $50/month each. I've had horses for over 15 years now and except for the year I rented a trailer and hauled out to Washington State, I don't think I would quite come up to average that $1200/year.
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post #32 of 33 Old 12-17-2015, 07:24 PM
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I'd take a bit longer to work out your budget and finding a horse.. buying them is the cheap bit! .. barn fees may be a set amount and you could look for a barefoot horse that suits you but theres always the possibility your horse gets hurt or gets hoof problems... you also have insurance, tack and other basics to consider.

Check out other barns locally, might be a reason one is cheaper than another such as poor grazing.

Shod feet should be done approx 6-8 weeks, trimming can be longer depending on terrain but better not to think that way. You could buy a fully barefoot and it is footsore on your local terrain etc.

Lessons are always worth having but you may find you can reduce them to monthly lesson/review in time

Hay and grain costs vary both between location and more so if part of your barn fees, same as bedding.

Ask about between your local barns plus enquire about further afield pricing and what's included in the prices ;)
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post #33 of 33 Old 12-25-2015, 10:59 PM
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Wow I was reading all the replies. Where I live boarding is way more expensive. average price for full boarding is $750.00 to $1000.00 a month! I live in west coast of Canada, which tends to be very expensive.
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