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post #11 of 18 Old 01-31-2016, 10:06 PM
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No Im not planning on getting a 2nd horse (if I could afford it, I would as i easily have the time for 2 horses), but how much of a jump is it in time and money to go from 1 horse to 2?
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No Im not planning on getting a 2nd horse (if I could afford it, I would as i easily have the time for 2 horses), but how much of a jump is it in time and money to go from 1 horse to 2?
It is pretty much twice the money but not twice the time, depending on how you are keeping them.
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It is pretty much twice the money but not twice the time, depending on how you are keeping them.
Thanks.

Thats what I figured too.

Double board, double for farrier, double for shots, double for deworming, double for blankets.

The good thing is that you can use the same brushes and grooming on both.

I could see it being double the time though, depends what you are doing with them.

This would most likely explain why most people at the old barn and the barn Im at now only have 1 horse. There were a few families at the old barn who had 2 and only two families had 3. I could see 3 being very fun but very VERY expensive.
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In my opinion, it's the opposite. It may not be twice the money if one is an easy keeper and one is not. One may need more vet care, medications, might require more expensive hoof care, etc than the other. I could own two of my first horse for the cost of keeping one of my second horse.
But it is usually twice the time because you have to clean up twice as much manure, set up feed for two, groom two, exercise two, have the farrier trim two. Even when I had full care boarding I spent twice as much time at the barn with two horses as I did when I had one.
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-01-2016, 07:33 AM
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I own three and keep them on about 4 acres so I pay no boarding.

I keep all my receipts and tape them to a calendar.

I posted a spreadsheet a couple of years ago, but just the cost of ownership is about $2000 per year for each horse or roughly $5.25 per day, or, in my case, $17 a trail mile.

That cost doesn't include travel or expenses related to the trail rides, just the cost of keeping them.

If you had more land I think this could be done a little cheaper as I stall my horses 8 to 12 hours a day. Shavings are a significant part of that cost.

Here's a summary for the year 2014:

Strategy 1177.26
shavings 976.35
peppermints 211.78
Apple treats 214.87
hoof trims 960
Rolls of Hay 600
fly spray 359.9
wormer 115.41
Misc 606.87
vet 797.53



year 6019
month 501.66
day 16.49

month per horse
167.22
day per horse 5.49

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I am planning on living in the Southeast (Most likely North Carolina/Virginia) after grad school, near a mid-size city like Greenville, Charlotte, DC, Blacksburg, or Asheville. I want to buy my own decent-sized property and keep 2-4 horses on it. I know there are a lot of variables, but what would a comfortable annual income be to own this number of horses? I don't want to scrape by and have to have 4 jobs to take care of them (though major props to those of you who do), but I want to give them good vet/farrier care, feed (when the pasture isn't enough), etc. What is a realistic annual cost for taking care of them?

Thanks in advance!

Finish school first. Then get the property and let everything sink in for while. When you are ready to purchase a horse, put up fencing, shelter and a well for watering before you buy. You need a truck and trailer too. And this is only a spec of what is to come. You honestly can not put a true price on cost, it can and will fluctuate greatly and it isn't just the costs with caring for horses. It is everything associated with owning them, trucks, trailers, tractor and repairs to these things and also pasture management including fencing and their shelter. It's never ending. Start out slow...
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post #18 of 18 Old 02-09-2016, 01:03 PM
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In my opinion, it's the opposite. It may not be twice the money if one is an easy keeper and one is not. One may need more vet care, medications, might require more expensive hoof care, etc than the other. I could own two of my first horse for the cost of keeping one of my second horse.
But it is usually twice the time because you have to clean up twice as much manure, set up feed for two, groom two, exercise two, have the farrier trim two. Even when I had full care boarding I spent twice as much time at the barn with two horses as I did when I had one.
Have to agree with gottatrot. One horse is a luxury, two horses means that you will probably spend so much more time taking care of them that riding time (and energy) is hard to find. That's been my experience.

You really don't save much money by adding a 2nd horse either. I haven't run across any expense where I can get a discount because I'm buying more "stuff".

I look back with longing sometimes for the days when I only had one and got to play around a lot more!
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