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post #11 of 16 Old 03-18-2015, 07:32 AM
Green Broke
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Location: Mid Northern TN
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I love seeing how different the costs can be and how everyone prioritizes their horses needs based on the situation. Costs vary tremendously based not only on region but on activity. Your backyard trail horse that never leaves the property is going to (on average) have far less money spent in the way of vacccines, farrier, and supplements than a horse that is showing in Jumping circles, for example.

Board (self-care, but hay and shavings provided): $265/mo

Additional feed for my not-an-easy-keeper in hard work: $100/mo in beet pulp, alfalfa, rice bran/cool cals, a joint supplement, extra salt/e-lytes and vit/min mix.

Farrier: $0 when barefoot because I trim myself, $50/mo ($75 every 6 weeks) when shod, which is based on what trails/rides we're going on.

Vet and Dental Care: $40/mo, which is about $250 for annual dental and $200 for shots and coggins. My horse travels and we ride endurance, so he is exposed and sharing water with lots of horses from everywhere, so he gets vaccinated for just about everything.

Pest Control: $15/mo for dewormers and fly sprays

Misc Maintenance items:$20/mo for a new hoof pick or bucket, etc. Just the little things that occasionally require replacement

So that comes out to just under $500/month on this math, which is pretty accurate when I compare it to my past bills. And this would be per horse- nothing in here is cheaper or a sharable expense with more than one horse.

Note that this DOES NOT include medical emergencies, lameness, or big-ticket items like the purchase price of a horse, tack, or the 'startup' to get all the basic necessities like a halter, ropes, buckets, hoof picks, blankets (if you use them), etc. When I did the math on that, my start-up costs were about $1500, not counting saddle, pad, and horse. But then again, I got what I wanted and wasn't trying to get the cheapest stuff, so it can definitely be done more inexpensively.
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post #12 of 16 Old 04-04-2015, 05:44 PM
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
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I personally live in a rather inexpensive place to keep horses, but it still does add up quite quickly.
Board: $300/ month- 3,600 / year
Feed: $90 / month (supplements and hay and grain ) - 1,080 /year
Farrier: Approx. 350 / year. (Varies based on whether or not my horse needs something extra or if pricing goes up)
Bedding: Free (We live a few miles from a sawmill and we get sawdust for free)
Vet: Approx. $300-400 per year
Wormer: $25-30 per year
Chiro: One visit per year costs us $150
Dentist: $50 per year
I make my own fly spray, so it is near free.
And other odds and ends I need: I usually end up spending 150 dollars per year on little things here and there, like brushes, an extra halter, reins, neckropes, detangler and stain remover, etc.
So, all in all...
Around 6,000 dollars per year. It usually goes up after I attend a clinic or have some lessons, or go somewhere for a big group trail or endurance ride. Those things, of course, are optional.
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post #13 of 16 Old 04-04-2015, 10:04 PM
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Maryland
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I have three horses.

For my two horses.

Boarding - $285 (per horse) = $570 mo. includes stall, hay, grain, full care.
Farrier - $37.50 mo. ($50 front shoes + $25 trim every 8 weeks)
Worming - $6.67 mo. (4 wormers a year)
Vet - $0 so far - I always go to a clinic to get my horses vaccinated
Clinic - $28.33 per mo ($170 per horse for all vaccinates needed)
Dentist - $160 once a year (13.34 mo.) ($80 per float)
Total per month - 655.84

As for my third horse - shes at different barn to enjoy her retirement
boarding - $175 field board with hay and grain
farrier - $4.17 mo. (vet's order that she only get trimmed 2x a year)
worming - $3.34 mo. (4x a year)
vet - $0 so far
Dentist - ($6.67 mo.)
Total per month - 189.18

Grand Total is $845.02 per month -

I truly hope my horses stay healthy! I have $1,000 cash in stash for emergency along with a credit card if the vet bill exceed $1,000.
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-05-2015, 12:49 AM
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Location: Mississippi
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For my 3 that I keep at home, appaloosa, qh, and belgian draft;

Farrier-150 every 6 weeks. appy and qh has natural balance shoes.
worming- 52.00 2 x per year for quest plus. other 12.00 2x per year.
Vet- 320.00per year for yearly exam, vaccines, teeth float, sheath cleaning.
hay- 120.00 per month
grain and supplements-160.00 every 2 months

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post #15 of 16 Old 04-05-2015, 01:28 AM
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The ranch horses are budgeted at $425/yr. We raise the hay. We worm and doctor. Do our own shoeing and trimming. We repair our own tack, or buy from pawn shops. If someone wants something custom, it's on them.

My personal horse, who travels with me, is on a $650/yr budget. It used to be more than $1800/yr when I played him in polo, but now I ride young stuff for other people. Mine is nearby where ever I go just for fun. Still I got hay from the ranch, and when I needed plates on him I could trade schooling something in exchange. I also get deals when day boarding if I work on horses where I am going to be for a week or so.

My trailer is small and it doesn't increase gas consumption on my truck.
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post #16 of 16 Old 04-05-2015, 08:19 AM
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Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Australia
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I sometimes feel like Australia is cheaper to keep a horse?

Agistment: $40 p/w full self care but includes maintenance if something in the paddock breaks plus access to round yard and an arena.
Vet: $300 every 6 months for vaccinations
Dentist: $80 every 12 months
Feed for me: $90 every fortnight
Worming: $20 x every 8 weeks
Chiro: $150 every 12 months
$200 maybe every 4 months for extras if I am buying something new?
$400 put away in case of vet bill
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