I like that article, I was going to say it was roughly $10,000 or more depending on location, breed, etc.
I am in Northeast Ohio and I am curious as to how much it costs to take care of a horse on a monthly basis. I would like to know an itemized list of costs to include labor, materials (bedding, hay), feed (including any supplements), vet costs, barn costs (utilities, maintenance, water, manure disposal, etc), farrier, dental work and any other costs I should consider.
For those of you who breed, do you have an estimate cost as to how much it takes to raise a foal from insemination (I realize this cost varies greatly depending on stud fee or live cover) to birth to training to sale as a yearling or two year old or even three year old?
Thanks in advance.
To figure out monthly costs you'll need to actually call around and get quotes from vets, farriers, and hay dealers.
The following numbers are some of my own and are averages for my area NE FL:
1.Vet: $420(year/ so $35 per month) This includes 3 farm calls one of which is to administer a Rabies vaccination, another is for a yearly check up, and the third farm call is 'just incase'. The yearly exam with blood work, physical etc. A Coggins is $30 here.
2. Farrier: $300-$315 for (8 trims on a 6 week cycle) trims only per year so $30-$35 per visit, shoes would add to this. ($25-$26.25 per month)
3. Vaccines:$230 yearly ($19.17 monthly roughly) I'm in an area where bugs almost never go away and we have a lot of transmittable diseases like West Nile, EEE, WEE from insects, then we have flu and Rhino/ EHV. I like to trail ride so I use the Strangles vaccine and I feed round bales so I do a Botulism shot as well just to be safe, along with tetanus and Rabies. I buy my vaccines and administer all except for Rabies, the vet does this so that it 'counts' on the health certificate. Some shots are boostered every 3 to 6 months.
4. Deworming: $120 yearly ($10 monthly) I do Fecal counts four times a year, well really only twice, but I order four tests, one for before and one for after each deworming, so at $25 per test it's a bit more expensive. I use Quest Plus in the fall for tapeworms and can get it for about $12. The other dewormer I use depends on what shows up in the test but typically $3-$6.
5. 'Health':$1,076.80 yearly ($89.74 monthly) This covers sand colic treatment, any supplements or medications that may or are needed. For me it's sand colic and Exceed 6-Way.
6. Dental: $200-$500. ($16.67-$41.67 monthly)This is for a basic floating once a year, the higher price is if the horse needs anesthesia for the procedure.
7. Fly control: $ 316 yearly ($ monthly) This includes fly spray, feed thru and fly predators.
8.Insurance: $500 year ($41.76 month) This is major medical, mortality and liability, costs will vary according to the horse though.
9. Bedding: $320 year ($26.67 month) Use will vary so will cost.
10. Hay and feed: $1,200.($100 month) This is for 600 pound round bales and a ration balancer, again cost will vary.
11. Self care board: $2400 year ($200 monthly) This covers utilities and maintenance.
Total costs per year: $7,082.80 - $7,597.80
Totally monthly costs: $590.24 - $633.15
Keep in mind I live in an area where it's fairly expensive to keep a horse and we have a lot of weather issues as well which affect prices.