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post #11 of 21 Old 04-21-2015, 03:01 PM
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Cruella, I have only ever boarded one horse as I sent it to be with my hubby while he was away training in the California Bay Area and it was $150.00 a month for self care (Circa 2008). The rest of the break down was mainly as follows;

Farrier-$150 every 6-8 weeks
Teeth float- $185 per year
Dewormer- $40 per year
Hay/Alfalfa- $200.00 per month (that was 130lbs bales at about $22 a bale)
Supplements- $50 per month
Barn/Stall repairs-$50 per month (horse is a bit of a Dennis the Menace)
Tack (Repairs or new purchase; fly masks, sport boots, saddle pad, new grain buckets, replacing the hoof pick that keeps disappearing that no one can explain) $100 per month

For our budget we also factor in maintenance on our truck and trailer so you may need to factor in hauling expenses for your show fees unless that is included in your training fees. I try to make it a point to have an emergency fund that would cover a month worth of supplies for my horses if something were to happen and I had to leave and pay someone to take care of my place.

I left off things like vaccinations and such as I can't give a good idea on one horse, I several horses so I buy in bulk from hay to vaccines to supplements as it is much cheaper for a herd.
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post #12 of 21 Old 04-21-2015, 04:10 PM
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Around here it is about 200 outside boarding a month per horse, and 25 for a trim per horse, and everything like shots and such we have to drive an hour to get - but wormer was like, 35 bucks, shots i cna't remember the price.

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post #13 of 21 Old 04-23-2015, 02:43 PM
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Hey there! This is my first post on I am a brand new horse owner and here are my monthly expenses:

$0/month board (my instructor and I worked out a deal where I work 4x/week mucking and turnout)
$150/month hay and grain (for just one cob)
~$20/month barefoot trim (assuming $40 every 8 weeks)
$120/month lessons (1x/week)
total: $290/month

Of course I work for a really great woman and she gave me a great deal, so others might not be so lucky.

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post #14 of 21 Old 04-23-2015, 02:53 PM
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Personally OP, I think your vet fees need to go up a bit due to Spring vaccinations, teeth floating, etc. That can run you a bit more than expected during that time of year.

To put thing into perspective, my last board invoice was $1600 (they are usually around $940) That included:
- annual vaccinations
- teeth float (+ sedatives and travel/trailer time)
- 2 months of board
- approximately 7 private lessons
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post #15 of 21 Old 04-23-2015, 03:11 PM
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I board in my own pasture so save on that.

About $35 per horse for hay per month and $15 for Wisper (I know, super cheap! We get big bales from a guy that sells us 1200 pounds for $70)

Deworming costs $10 every 2 months
Trim costs $20 every month
Shots are (broke down) $10 a month
Floating teeth are $10 a month
I feel like I'm forgetting something....oh well.

About $80 a month per horse.
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post #16 of 21 Old 04-23-2015, 03:11 PM
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Oh, and I pay for my own lessons every week that is $30 a week, or $120 a month
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post #17 of 21 Old 04-23-2015, 08:27 PM
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I work in a shop part time and this guy came in yesterday and we ended up talking about horses and how he had wanted to get one for his daughter. He said he was put off because it would cost a few hundred a week. I had a chat to him and he was really surprised that my horse wasn't nearly that expensive.

I pay:
$170 per month agistment
$20 per month feed
$30 per month trimming
$15 per month dental/vet

Which is about $235 per month which is about $55 per week, or $2800 a year. Now obviously there are unexpected costs at times but all in all much less than he thought. Much less than other people pay.

Even with tack and rug cost its still not very high.

It got me thinking, why is my horse so cheap? Why are horses considered to be these super expensive animals and riding such a pricey hobby when there is such a huge variance in the costs? Reading this thread, many average under $300 a month, but then there are many others who spend well over $500.

Part of the reason my horse is so cheap is because I choose him to be. I chose a breed and individual that was tending to be fat, requiring very little feed year round. He is sustained on grass with the occasional supplement. I chose a horse that had strong feet and didn't need to be shod. I chose a horse who would need minimal rugging. And I choose to keep him somewhere with self care.

Yet all the books I read as a kid didn't say anything about this. Neither did riding instructors or anything really. It was all "horses are super expensive and you'll never afford one" when I think the opposite is true. Horses are pretty affordable as far as hobbies are concerned. I think I paid more to learn violin (which I didn't even learn because it was boring) than I do to own a horse right now.

Do you think having horses perceived as a huge, unattainable cost is a good thing? Or do you think that if people learned more about the choices they could make, learning about affordable ownership, that it would benefit the horse world?
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post #18 of 21 Old 04-23-2015, 11:18 PM
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I stewed and fretted, added subtracted multiplied and divided, until that is, I bonded with Hondo. Now it doesn't matter, sky's the limit. I'd even go back to work if necessary.
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post #19 of 21 Old 04-24-2015, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Saskia, you are spot on with how much costs vary! I'm pretty surprised with that throughout the thread to be honest. Also, breed does certainly seem have more to do with it than I've heard. Based on my area and discipline, I'd probably be riding a thoroughbred, so usually not so easy keepers

Thanks for everyone's replies so far! It's pretty interesting to see how much costs vary depending on location too.
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post #20 of 21 Old 04-24-2015, 12:25 AM
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I am going to just say welcome and in New York it is high in my area and leave it at that

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