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post #11 of 17 Old 02-04-2015, 06:23 AM
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A couple other things to keep in mind long term. The price of everything does go up over time, and the price of hay can be extremely volatile based on the yield and weather. For us, the difference in hay prices between a good/normal year and a poor/drought year (where we need to truck in hay from out of state) can be 2-3x, and that makes a HUGH difference not only in the winter, but in the summer, too, since the pastures are poor. The last drought year we had in NC, there was NO local fall hay. Last year, we had an unusual, very heavy ice storm in March at the start of growing season that stunted the grass for months and we had to supplement with hay during the summer. When boarding, expect the BO to pass these variable costs along to you.

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post #12 of 17 Old 02-04-2015, 06:54 PM
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You know with everything I put in on costs I forgot dental, LOL, that will run me $70-$500 depending on the tools used and if sedation is needed.

Yup, The average board here is $375 per month, that includes hay, hard feed (usually two or three types to choose from) and bedding, daytime turnout, and them holding your horse for appointments. But if I can get away with $175 DIY boarding, you bet I'm choosing that one (The facility is very highly rated and drama free, so it's top of my list, LOL)

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post #13 of 17 Old 02-09-2015, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Luv equins View Post
They don't need shots!!!!!!!!!
No they don't need shots if you don't care if they get tetanus, rabies, multiple vector borne diseases & other things vaccinations can prevent or minimize.
But I strongly suspect the OP wants to keep her horse healthy.
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post #14 of 17 Old 02-12-2015, 06:37 PM
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I also don't understand the "don't need shots!'. Most good barns will not have a horse that is not up to date on their vacinations. Different parts of the country will require different vacines. If I bring home a new horse, it stays away from the others until vacines are up to date and a least a week.
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post #15 of 17 Old 02-14-2015, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the extra tips.

I def will be keeping up with the shots that are needed for sure- I don't see the point in chancing something, I mean, it will cost more in th elong run when something bad comes of it plus the horse's health will be compromised- not worth it. As far as what shots the horse gets, I don't know, but it will be found out when we have our talk for sure.

As for the extra hay charges-I have paid them in my lease already for winter time. ( my lease, I am payin ghalf of what it costs to keep the horse there, plus some extra money for hay) But when I get th eboard amount- when I factor in the finances- I am going to round up some to plan on a set amount that is a smidge over for just in case amounts in regaurds to the horses board or something. My plan is to get a separate bank account for the horse finances and put money into it from each paycheck. Any extra pay I put into it will stay in it in case a sudden charge comes up so I have some money set aside.

Def. getting ideas what to ask for and everything when we have the talk. There is no set date for it, not rushing, but gathering info so I can be well prepared for it.

thanks again for added input, it will be going to great use!
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post #16 of 17 Old 02-19-2015, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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BO did state that she would like me to be there for this springs vet visit for shots and all. SO excited! SO I'll know whats going on with that department.
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post #17 of 17 Old 02-20-2015, 11:42 AM
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i just wanted to add, when i was in lessons, the horses owned by other people that were used for lessons, were only used for the more advanced students. I know you mentioned talking to the BO about it, but maybe mention that if it will give you a discount on board.

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