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post #1 of 11 Old 08-18-2016, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Taking Horses to School

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Alright. Hopefully this isn't too lengthy or rambling.

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I'm looking at taking my two lease horses to school next year, fall 2017. I've got enthusiastic permission from their owner so no issue there. Board is 250/semester per stall. I've never had to pay to feed anything other than a cat though so that's where I'm new to this.

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The school feeds grass hay and grain 2x daily to the 2 yr olds they bring in for the program. Horses are stalled except for daily work and turnout on Sundays in the outdoor arenas.

I'm looking at working my horses daily as well. Currently they're both on 24/7 turnout on range type pasture w/ max 3 qts of 12% protein grain per day. They're 15 & 16. 15 yr old is 25% TB and a hard keeper that isn't thin but never gets fat for anything. 16 yr old Walker is fat as all heck.

They also need a new coggins and vaccinations. Coach told me I'll be able to vaccinate for all necessary things for under 100 including rabies.

I know I can swing the cost if I have an idea of how much to save up over the next year. So, that's what I'm looking for. I'll be needing to buy all my own hay and grain and supplements if needed. (I'll be checking with a vet before feeding any supplements.)

Sorry if this is really a "it depends" kind of question.

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It is an it depends question.

The general rule of thumb I go buy is a horse eats 1/4 ton of hay a month. A hard keeper maybe a little more, an easy keeper maybe slightly less. A ton SHOULD be able to stretch for two months with two horses who are also getting grain.

Average about $50/month per horse for hay in my opinion, then maybe another $40 for a bag of grain between them (Maybe more depending on how much and what kind you're feeding.)

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It really is a depends kind of question. Hay, feed, farrier and vet costs are all subject to the area you're in. For instance I paid $4.00 per 50-60 lb. square, second cut alfalfa/grass mix bale this year. People out in AZ & CA probably can't touch a bale of hay for that. It is best to do the homework in whatever town & state your school is in. I know Tractor Supply's website allows you to put in the store and then will give the prices for that store. Are you going to staying at the school year round? If so I'd say you'll need a minimum of 150 bales (at the above mentioned weight) per horse per full year, less if you'll only be there through the school year. Coggins and vaccines you'll want to get before you leave so you can call your local vet to find out the cost.

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How are your leased horses with being stalled 6 days a week and are you sure you can work them both every day or at least the six they are stalled? Mine (both past and current) would not handle it at all. They boarded off campus where they had large runs attached to stalls and pasture access at least half of the day. At the very least they might develop ulcers from stress at the most I have one that will take a barn apart if kept in a stall short of that if she couldn't take the barn apart she'd injure herself trying. What is your expected course load? Are you going to have to work? Figure two hours per day per horse for ride time. You may not spend an hour in the saddle but that may be what it takes to get the fidgets out. Do you have to do the feeding? Stall cleaning? Up that to another hour a day. That's a minimum of 5 hours plus travel time maybe multiple times a day. You sleep ideally 8 though I was lucky to get 6 and not all at the same time. Lets say you take 4 classes that are 3 hours each, so 4 hours 3 days a week if they are MWF. You have to look at how spread out over the campus your classes are and how far away are your horses. Are you eating in a cafeteria on a food plan, are you eating out ($$$) or will you be having to cook and clean up? Study time needs to be figured in. An hour a day per class is ideal as you may find you need to rewrite notes, work on projects, study for tests, complete assignments and that is just a basic minimum. Not all classes are able to be scheduled back to back and there may not be enough time between to go out to the barn. Those three days are pretty much maxed out. Keep to that 12 credit hour schedule and you are on the 5 year plan unless you can go during the summer semesters. Add in work, up the number of credit hours and you seriously impact horse time. Where are you going to ride and how crowed will it be when you do? Are there times when the arenas will not be available, limiting when you can ride? Are you going to be participating in any extra curricular activities like a show or rodeo team? What about social time? Where will you live on campus or off? If you are having to save up in advance for basic care, who covers emergencies that can crop up? What about your costs, how are those covered? How are their lease costs covered?
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That really is an "it depends" kind of question. For instance, WHERE are you planning on going to school? OSU? If so, then you'll be buying hay by the bale, nobody around here sells by the ton, more's the pity. I pay $6/bale for grass hay that I go get from my supplier. If you buy from the local Atwoods or TSC, you're going to be paying around $10/bale. Each horse will probably eat between 1/2-3/4 of a 50 lb bale of hay per day, so to be safe figure on 45 bales of hay/month. Grain, depends on what you're buying. I can buy Strategy for around $14/bag, and each horse is fed according to his work level, so anywhere from 5 lb to 15 lbs daily. If you use a balancer, like Empower Balance, you'd feed anywhere from 1.5 lbs to 2.75 lbs of the feed daily. Balance is running me about $26/bag, right now. Hope that helps you out a little.

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Going off the fact it is an "it depends" sort of question, it looks like I'll be doing a whole lot of asking around and keeping track of local prices. Kinda figured that was the case but just thought I'd ask

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How are your leased horses with being stalled 6 days a week and are you sure you can work them both every day or at least the six they are stalled?What is your expected course load? Are you going to have to work? Do you have to do the feeding? Stall cleaning? Are you eating in a cafeteria on a food plan, are you eating out ($$$) or will you be having to cook and clean up? Where are you going to ride and how crowed will it be when you do? Are there times when the arenas will not be available, limiting when you can ride? Are you going to be participating in any extra curricular activities like a show or rodeo team? What about social time? Where will you live on campus or off? If you are having to save up in advance for basic care, who covers emergencies that can crop up? What about your costs, how are those covered? How are their lease costs covered?
Cut for length, hopefully I didn't accidentally cut anything important out and I don't forget to answer something.

As far as being stalled 6 days a week, I don't know. That'll be something that if I decide this is a absolute definite possibility, I can convert their turnout shelter into a small 2 stall barnand see how they deal with it before I commit to taking them to school just in case, like your horses, they just can't take it. My expected course load is 12, maybe 13 credit hours and almost entirely classes specific to my major. I've already got all my gen ed out of the way (except chemistry and speech but I'm getting chem out of the way this spring and maybe speech too) and the program here at Connor's definitely puts an emphasis on in class work w/ little to no homework. I will be working, but it's supplemental to my loans and my hours can be adjusted to whatever I need/want. (Stroke of luck with my boss. She's amazing.) Feeding? There's a student feed crew which I will have to do one week out of the semester but otherwise no. I live with my parents and commute from there and bring all my food from there/take advantage of every free meal on campus I can find. Most likely I won't be on any teams. Just not my thing. Connor's has 2 arenas and three round pens and I'd be riding in the evening after classes and rodeo practice are over. My school costs are covered via loans, the lease is free, and if I can't save up enough to cover a large emergency fund, it'll be a no go. I don't want to get stuck between a rock and hard place financially. Been there, done that, never again.

Right now this is all hypothetical and while I really hope it works out, I don't want to risk getting down there and then not having the money cover what I need it to. Thank you for the responses though, everyone! Definitely some good things to think about/look into.

And honestly the stall thing? I might build a couple stalls even if this doesn't work out just because it couldn't hurt to know.
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My questions wouldn't be so much about cost but about time.

Will you be studying for exams?

If the horses are stabled full time then they need at least 90 minutes exercise each six days a week. This is a big chunk of time when you consider tacking and grooming, say a minimum of four hours per day.

If you are having to pay for your own feed et al then you are going to need a job to cover costs, when are you going to fit in school?
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Being stalled 6 days a week would be a deal breaker for me. I know it sounds like a blast to have a horse at school with you, but I'd pass. Go to college and have FUN. Don't stress yourself out about school work, paying board and feed bills, making it to work, making sure you ride your horse daily and on top of that having a social life. Going to college should be first and foremost about getting an education.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-23-2016, 02:16 AM
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My horses are stalled 24/7 when I ride them and they are just fine. That part wouldn't worry me as long as they got to at least have some time on the lunge line or being ridden pretty consistently.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-24-2016, 04:47 PM
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I took a horse to school. I let the school use her for some riders that did not have a horse so my fees were less. Still it was a struggle and she hated the stalls and hated being handled by strangers a lot. We lasted 1 semester with her at school and I brought her home.
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