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post #1 of 21 Old 04-20-2015, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Costs of Owning Horses

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to get a breakdown of horse costs in different areas. I am hoping to full lease a horse at the end of the summer, I have been part-leasing different horses for 4 years now and taking lessons for 7 years. I want to get a good idea of the prices breakdown before I start seriously considering the idea of full-leasing or eventually buying a horse.

From talking with friends that have horses and looking around in my area, I've gathered that around where I live, (Northern California), typical costs are as follows:

Veterinary & Farriery: $95 per month ($1,140 annually)
Board: $600 per month stall and paddock, includes feed ($7,200 annually)
Lessons: $240 per month, private and group every other week ($2,880 annually)

So this is looking like $11,220 annually without factoring in freak accidents, show fees if I decided I wanted to, or insurance.

Does this seem pretty standard based on your area? How much are you all normally looking at to keep a horse, and what state or area are you in? I know that some things will vary a lot, but since I'm just trying to get a general idea to think about how much of a step-up it would be from my current part-lease situation, I don't need an exact number or anything .

Thanks in advance for anyone's imput, no matter what it's pretty interesting to see differences in cost between different areas
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post #2 of 21 Old 04-20-2015, 05:38 AM
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Sounds about right for my area. Long Island, NY is ridiculously expensive when it comes to horse owning. Prices skyrocket because it cost $$ to get everything in there, plus there is not much space for horse keeping anyway.

My board is $570 a month for semi-rough (i clean my stall 1x a day and do water).
Supplements are $80 a month (joint, hoof, coat, and vitamins), I try to get them when they are on sale from Smartpak. I have about 4 months worth right now.
Vet was $350 for farm call, spring shots, teeth with sedation and a fecal.
Farrier is $65 for a trim (or $120 for front shoes).
$10 to the girl who cleans my stall when I can't.

Then, this month, I've probably spent a lot of money on "extras". Another $300 for a lameness exam and x-rays, $120 on misc. (hay bag, buckets, fly spray) things my horse has needed after bringing her home from "vacation".

I'd tally it all up, but I'd probably cry! :P

I try to cut costs where ever I can though! Like I said, I stock up on supps when they are cheap. I SWEAR by facebook, I've gotten most of my tack off there, including a used continental saddle (retails for $3200, got it for $1750 used and in GREAT shape!) and my CSI saddle pad (sells for $350, got it for $275 practically new). SmartPak had their fly spray on sale buy two get one free! Then, I sell everything I'm not going to need/use. I'm trying to get ride of all my english attire, boots, half chaps, etc.

All and all I'm a huge believer in buying quality things. I don't mind spending $1750 on a saddle that I know will last a lifetime and will be comfortable for me and my horse! Same thing with the saddle pad!
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post #3 of 21 Old 04-20-2015, 08:09 AM
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Board and lessons are a little high for my area. I give my horses their shots and my farrier is cheaper on the trims, but I have 3 horses and he may be giving me a discount. Farm calls are about $100 just to come out and goes up from there.
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post #4 of 21 Old 04-20-2015, 10:22 AM
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Boarding around here is like $200-300 for pasture boarding and $300-400 for stall. Though I don't board.

The farrier I use charges $45 for a trim, not sure about shoes.

The farm call to our place is like $50+. Vaccines were $71. But the prices can vary for what you need.

Feed, maybe $10-$50.
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post #5 of 21 Old 04-20-2015, 02:12 PM
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That about what I would expect to pay if I were showing here. Regularly here it's between $4,000 to $9,000 per year.

Feed$ 1,200.00 per year (hay and a ration balancer depending on boarding situation. Hay is 600# round bales at $60 each, the costs go up if I have to get small squares.)

Farrier and vet: $720-$735 (This does not include shoeing.)

Vaccines and deworming: $350, (Vaccines are West Nile, EEE, WEE, Tetanus, Rabies, Flu, Rhino, and botulism. Deworming includes Quest Plus one time a year for tapeworms and then another tube of whichever product my Fecal egg count tests say I should likely use. I also do 2 FECT's and 2 FECRT's)

Dental and health products: $1,196.80 (This covers a yearly dental exam and floating, along with a possible supplement, and sand colic treatment.)

Fly Control: $316 yearly. (This covers spray, predators, and feed throughs.)

Bedding: $320 yearly ( This covers bedding a 8' x8' x 4" deep bedding and stripping it up to every other month and replacing it all. I only use this much as the horse(s) tend to be out all of the time)

Insurance or emergency fund:$500 (This can either be put towards insurance or into a savings account for emergencies.)

Boarding: $2,400 yearly ( $200 month for self care boarding.)

Total: $7,017.80

This does not include showing, lessons, training, or the expense of a trailer in my area.

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post #6 of 21 Old 04-20-2015, 06:06 PM
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The total sounds about right, even if things end up in different categories than planned. Around here (Portland, OR), full care board runs anywhere from $350-450, including hay but not always including grain. It almost never includes any supplements, some of which can be more than $1/day (especially joint supplements).

Private hour long lessons are usually around $40 if you're riding your own horse athe the place where you board (more if you're riding a lesson horse or paying a haul in fee somewhere else)

Hoof care costs will vary widely based on the needs of your horse. A barefoot trim is usually less than $50, front shoes only around $90-100, and a full set closer to $150. If you need anything special done, like corrective shoes or taps put in for studs, expect to pay even more. Expect to need a trim or shoe reset every 6-8 weeks, but some horses need more often and some can go longer between.

Of course there's always something new to buy- blankets, fly masks, tack, etc. The best thing is to try to anticipate these needs and wants and budget for them appropriately!
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post #7 of 21 Old 04-21-2015, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for everyone's responses so far! Sorry if it was confusing for me to break up everything by month and combine stuff, especially for stuff that isn't by the month
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post #8 of 21 Old 04-21-2015, 02:42 PM
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No California widely varies depending on the area . If you closer to Sacramento the prices are probably higher . If you are closer to the coast line prices will be a lot higher.
It also depends on the type of lessons you are taking. Western Pleasure vs cutting vs reining vs jumping vs hunter .
Depending on where Hay will be purchased this year, water rationing, water cost, the prices could really increase.
Each year there are vaccines, teeth floating, deworming. These vary depending on Vet fees or if you give these yourself.
No one can legally charge you for administering these things other than a Vet. That is illegal. Some places will do it for a fee or they will not do it.
Farrier cost.. varies . Prices increase never decrease. You pretty much figure that any Vet bill will be right around $500.00
and for emergencies that is what the Vet call out fee will be meds etc are on top of that. Its a base, may be a little high
but most of my Vet bills are 500 closer to 1000.00 . Keep an open credit card for Vet visits, and may the horse gods protect your horse from ever needing one.
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post #9 of 21 Old 04-21-2015, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'm in a pretty big, expensive, horsey-area near the San Francisco Bay Area. Plus, I'd be doing dressage and jumping lessons and even though I love my current trainer, it's not exactly cheap...
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post #10 of 21 Old 04-21-2015, 03:24 PM
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I am waiting for the blow back on no water for crops. Hoping I have enough hay money. I bet it totally wipes out my savings this year. ;(
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