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post #1 of 18 Old 08-12-2014, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Cost to board a horse

Hey all,
I'm asking to see what the average cost to board a horse at a facility I will describe.
I'm looking to compare the cost to down here in Costa Rica in order to make a decision.
Here is what what it is like:

1) Covered stalls. We are in the tropics so no heat or air-con of course
2) Daily fresh grass and feed
3) Cleaning of stalls
4) Twice weekly riding / exercise by owner/trainer
5) Twice weekly bathing
6) Access to farms trails
This place boards mostly high end horses used for parades, called Topes, here in Costa Rica.
The owners are not present all of the time, so the owner rides the horses at least twice a week to keep the horse conditioned.
More training / riding is available, but I was quoted the price for the above minimum services.
If anyone can let me know why this would generally cost, it would be a greta help in making my decision.
Thanks very much!
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-12-2014, 10:07 PM
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Around here something like that would probably cost 800-1000 a least... Way out of my price range lol, I'm in Washington DC
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-12-2014, 10:14 PM
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It's # 4 and 5 that will really jack the price up in the USA and Canada.

Also in USA and Canada board like that can vary by probably $300- $800 or more per month, so you may find it for $500 somewhere (doubtful) but somewhere else it could be $1000.

Each area has it's own norm so it would be best to compare other boarding facilities in CR.
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post #4 of 18 Old 08-12-2014, 10:40 PM
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Agreed! Without 4 & 5 it would be anywhere from $350 up in Canada. But exercise and bathing will be more on top of that.
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post #5 of 18 Old 08-12-2014, 10:44 PM
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I just saw that a barn around here will exercise horses for $25. So at twice a week and say at a $450/month barn you are already at $650 with a good deal on board and no bathing.
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post #6 of 18 Old 08-13-2014, 09:53 AM
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I don't see why you'd need your horse fully bathed twice a week anyway.. bad for their skin. A quick hose off after a really intense ride on a hot day for getting sweat off, sure.
It all depends on location. Around here that would be an easy 850-1100

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post #7 of 18 Old 08-14-2014, 11:48 PM
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In my area (Upstate, NY) that would cost anywhere from $500 to $850 a month, depending on the facility. As you get closer to NYC the prices skyrocket.

It really all depends on the area.
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post #8 of 18 Old 08-15-2014, 12:49 AM
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In my area of Canada, I pay $500 per month for everything except #'s 4 and 5. I would add an extra $200 per month for twice weekly riding. I'm with Ninamebo on the bathing issue. I hose my horse down after working in hot weather but I very rarely give her a full bath with shampoo etc.

To ride or not to ride.....What a silly question!
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post #9 of 18 Old 08-15-2014, 01:02 AM
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I'd google barns in your area, way more accurate than random people from all over the world. I agree with those saying bathing twice a week is crazy, bad for their skin horses have different skin to ours and most horses I know get a bath MAYBE once a month or when they've rolled in a mud puddle but most common is to just hose off the horse after a good ride, squeegee off the water and put them back in their stall/paddock.
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post #10 of 18 Old 08-15-2014, 05:06 AM
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That'd be around 250 for where I used to be, now two hours up the road it's 550.
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