Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
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.