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post #51 of 58 Old 06-23-2015, 10:15 PM
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Interesting replies. Some sarcastic some very helpful.
Granted some posts have been removed, but I didn't see sarcasm, just frustration & concern that your first post sounded like you knew nothing, taking on 3 horses & then didn't bother to reply to the thread. Great to know that's not the case.

We're generally a helpful bunch here, but you need to provide us with enough relevant info & be more specific when asking for advice. Enjoy your horses & hope you get a lot from this forum too!
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post #52 of 58 Old 06-24-2015, 03:00 AM
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the most amazing thing to me is to see how CHEAP most horse care situations are in other parts of the US and North America, and Australia a. . . . .

around here, board runs from 500$ US/ month and up to 1200$/month. depends on how much turn out, work doing blankets or feedings or . . . . this and that.

self care, meaning just pasture board, you provide the hay and grain and do all the work will be around $300/month!

so, keeping horses is a luxury, for sure.
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post #53 of 58 Old 06-24-2015, 11:52 AM
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the most amazing thing to me is to see how CHEAP most horse care situations are in other parts of the US and North America, and Australia a. . . . .

around here, board runs from 500$ US/ month and up to 1200$/month. depends on how much turn out, work doing blankets or feedings or . . . . this and that.

self care, meaning just pasture board, you provide the hay and grain and do all the work will be around $300/month!

so, keeping horses is a luxury, for sure.
I don't want to stray too much off topic, but I have to agree with you here. It's so interesting seeing everyone's responses to board prices! Here too it's minimum $500 for full board, there are some cheaper but they are very small backyard barns, generally no riding arena included (you'd need to haul out). $500 for full is a GOOD deal around here, very rare to find that at a nicer facility, and if you do it probably won't include some of the "bonus" things like them supplying your bedding/grain. For a nice barn with indoor/outdoor/heat/barn supplies everything you're probably looking at closer to $1200-$1500 range - I've seen some higher though if they include training. Those are closer to the city and don't usually have much as far as pasture or turn out goes.

Somehow I got extremely lucky and found a large barn that does mostly breeding and training, so huge indoor/outdoor, heated areas, huge stalls for my moose mare, and tons of turn out, and they supply my supplements - I while I still wind up paying in the 4 figures, it's not that much per horse.

So when I hear someone say their board is only $300 or $500 I am quite a bit jelouse haha!
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post #54 of 58 Old 06-26-2015, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Loosie, I couldn't find where I posted the original which is why I did not respond for so long. I say this not to be sarcastic but to explain my absence and thank you for the links.
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post #55 of 58 Old 06-28-2015, 01:50 AM
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George, where in SO CAL are you ? Hay here is $10. for oat hay sometimes 12, and 12-16 dollars a bale of alfalfa and these are the 3 string 125 lb bales. ? just curious.
I guess Grass hay could be that expensive.
OP sounds like fun, getting new horses and new experiences !
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post #56 of 58 Old 06-29-2015, 09:56 AM
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George, where in SO CAL are you ? Hay here is $10. for oat hay sometimes 12, and 12-16 dollars a bale of alfalfa and these are the 3 string 125 lb bales. ? just curious.
I guess Grass hay could be that expensive.
OP sounds like fun, getting new horses and new experiences !
Hi Stevenson!

I'm _not_ in CA, in CO. $25/bale hay was from someotherbody's post, here, or on another forum. CO front range Timothy hay holding steady at ~$12/bale, delivered and stacked.

We had a wet spring followed by lots of sunny days. The critters have been getting their tummys full on pasture, so no need for supplemental hay the past few weeks. Won't last :-(

RE boarding; around here, full board runs around $400 per, more at the zoot barns.

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post #57 of 58 Old 07-01-2015, 10:35 PM
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I pay $325 for my trainer/BO (its her house) to turn out/bring in my mare from turn out or pasture and feed her 2x/day. For a while Cimmi was losing weight so we worked out a need feed schedule and she ordered alfalfa pellets from the feed store for me (she had an order coming anyways and its doable because its a small barn). In the summer someone will put her fly mask on in the morning. Also because she owns 4 of the 6 and uses the 5th for lessons she schedules group farrier and dentist appointments. She also does vaccinations in a group for the cost of the vaccine.

In all honesty I could probably find decent board (but without much pasture -- its a desert people) for $250 but without the peace of mind of really knowing the BO and having lessons at the same barn with my trainer.

I think she gets her 50 lbs bags of alfalfa/bermuda cubes for $12-15/ea and always feeds by weight (even when she had bales)

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post #58 of 58 Old 07-01-2015, 10:36 PM
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I now realize that post had absolutely nothing to do with the original question. Sorry OP, I really do hope everything is going well for you!

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