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post #31 of 58 Old 06-18-2015, 10:43 AM
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Hi Again.

And if you really want to be sad, calculate the cost per hour in the saddle I don't even wanna go there . . .

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Ya we dont want to go there.
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post #32 of 58 Old 06-19-2015, 06:26 PM
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Amber, you are going to need around six hundred dollars per month from now until forever.
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Six hundred dollars month??? Must depend on the area.We do less than $100 a month for 3 horses/ponies.
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Six hundred would be on the low side for my area.
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I spend about $100 a month for my horse and my pony.
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I budget close to $1500 minimum for two horses every month, and that's on full board, including farrier .. so that doesn't include any vet/feed/misc. fees. This is also the minimum I've ever payed, the most being about $2500.
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& here am I feeling it's expensive that I pay $80 pcm agistment per horse...
Agistment? New word to me today. "Agistment originally referred specifically to the proceeds of pasturage in the king's forests in England, but now means either:
  1. the contract for taking in and feeding horses or other cattle on pasture land, for the consideration of a periodic payment of money;
  2. the profit derived from such pasturing."
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I pay $40 agistment per horse
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I took our cumulative barn bills for the last year and divided it by 12, then by 4. Came out to ~$180 per.
Wow! I had no idea what a cheapskate I am. I have argued for the last 40 years that owning a horse is no more expensive than owning a dog. A few years ago my wife and I were tweaking our finances, and since she resented the horses I suggested we each receive a monthly allowance to spend on anything we want, and I would support all the horse costs out of mine and she would support the dog out of hers. A year and half later she threw in the towel because the dog was costing her more than the two horses combined.

I spend, in a bad year, about $750 on the two horses combined. That works out to about $30/month for each horse. It helps a lot that I do my own trimming, because farrier expenses would almost double my cost. The last time I had the vet out I paid exactly $154 for the farm call, vaccinations of both horses for rabies, tetanus, EW and West Nile, and dental exams.
My wife took our perfectly healthy terrier to the vet a week later and paid $220.53 for vaccinations, heartworm medicine, and "required" tests.
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post #33 of 58 Old 06-19-2015, 08:25 PM
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Hi Joel, All!

Well, horses eat grass, and if you have enough property to feed them during the growing season, and to put up hay for the winter months, I can see where that would dramatically reduce your costs.

Paying to keep the monsters fat and happy takes some doin' for most of us, I'm afraid. I hear it's _real_ expensive in SoCal; $25/bale expensive :-P Yikes.

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post #34 of 58 Old 06-19-2015, 09:09 PM
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But WOW george, 25$ a bale!!! HOLY CRAP, how does anyone keep horses in SoCal? Here, in Eastern Canada, it's around 4$ for the really good stuff. I'm hoping to be like Joel (especially since both my dogs are on special diets and one has so many issues he has to go in for regular acupuncture) and spend less on horses than on my dogs, but I'm sure I'll just spend more. Our vet just spent a week at a horse acupuncture seminar so guess whose horses will be getting massages and acupuncture if they need it...

Bottom line, everyone knows you don't just wake up one day and buy 3 horses without having any clue about what you need. That's absurd. Most of us dream/plan it for half our lives. Literally. And we all know it will cost. My daughter is now jumping so yeah... now we need a jumper. And we should probably plan for higher fences. There's no way I'm getting out of this without throwing in my life savings and anything that's left over after paying the bills for the rest of my life. But I wouldn't have it any other way!

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post #35 of 58 Old 06-19-2015, 09:15 PM
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#1 thing Horseforum has taught me.

Short of Beverly Hills Massachusetts must be the most expensive place in the country. Funny how horses are so popular here.

My current barn is a very good deal at $1250 full board.

For the horses in our backyard which is further west (away from the city) and are all average to small and easy it's minimal grain and average quality hay only for regular costs at $80/month (cut down for pasture in the summer). Plus farrier and health care.
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post #36 of 58 Old 06-19-2015, 09:29 PM
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@ Yogiwick

That's a lot of money. Most expensive board (all inclusive, but not vet or farrier of course) around here is 500$. Too pricey for me so I'm building a barn (I have 13 acres so why not). The cost of boarding two horses for 5 years would pay for my barn.

But let's remind the OP - in case this wasn't all just a hoax - that cost is only one aspect of horse ownership. There is a huge time investment and you need to be knowledgeable enough to provide what horses need to thrive and be healthy. It's not like getting a puppy. You need years, preferably decades of horse experience to even begin to think of owning a horse.
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post #37 of 58 Old 06-19-2015, 10:11 PM
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Yogiwick, the amount you pay per month is what I've spent in the last couple of weeks for almost all of our hay for the year....for 11 horses. Still going to get 100 more bales of second cutting when it gets done which will be another $400. but gosh board sure is pricey in your neck of the woods.

Just for the sake of clarity only the 3 minis get fed hay year round and the other 8 live on pasture except during the winter months.

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post #38 of 58 Old 06-19-2015, 10:32 PM
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But WOW george, 25$ a bale!!! HOLY CRAP, how does anyone keep horses in SoCal?
My brother and brother-in-law sell hay off the old family farm in Eastern Washington State. According to them, west coast hay prices have gone crazy because of demand in Asia.
Faced with dwindling access to water and arable land, China has little choice but to turn to U.S. farmers to help supply feed for the country's growing herd of dairy cows. Since 2009, alfalfa exports to China grew nearly eightfold to a record 575,000 tons.
U.S. farmers making hay with alfalfa exports to China - LA Times
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post #39 of 58 Old 06-19-2015, 10:37 PM
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I'm building a barn (I have 13 acres so why not). The cost of boarding two horses for 5 years would pay for my barn.
Yes, one advantage of boarding is lower startup costs. I have thousands of dollars into my fence and pasture shelter. And maintaining a good pasture would require a lot of equipment I don't own, which is the main reason I rent the winter pasture out to be tilled every spring.
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post #40 of 58 Old 06-20-2015, 03:25 PM
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Yogiwick, the amount you pay per month is what I've spent in the last couple of weeks for almost all of our hay for the year....for 11 horses. Still going to get 100 more bales of second cutting when it gets done which will be another $400. but gosh board sure is pricey in your neck of the woods.

Just for the sake of clarity only the 3 minis get fed hay year round and the other 8 live on pasture except during the winter months.
I should clarify that "my barn" would be the one I work at.

I would LOVE to move my horses away from home and closer to me, but just can't justify the costs!!
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