How much money does it cost to keep a horse?

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  • #68031

    A Fire Inside
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    If you board a horse.
    Monthly or annually?

    #618648

    Runky
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    It depends on where you live. Here it’s around 120-375 a month. And it also depends if you want pasture or full board. It’s expensive. hah.

    #618654

    Mangoe
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    yea it really depends on where you live. I am boarding at Lazy L and it is a REALLY nice place with a heated indoor area, a lounge, a large outdoor area, trails and also some shows are held there a lot. Thats 350 a month for me. It can be very expensive. It depends on how much the place has to offer too.

    #618647

    lneill84
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    My barn, with full care, was $1650 a month, per horse. I’ve heard of barns going as high as $3500 a month for full care. As far as the smaller ones around me, I have no idea.

    #618645

    m0usey
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    What’s included in ‘full care’?

    #618651

    A Fire Inside
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    I’d probably board him/her here:
    http://blythdale.tripod.com/coventryequestriancenter/

    #618652

    A Fire Inside
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    This is my dream horse:
    thoroughbred.jpg

    #618650

    MokeyBird
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    Have you ever taken lessons, Janny? Have you been to this facility? Maybe you should try some lessons there.

    You don’t have any near plans on getting a horse do you? They aren’t for everybody, you know.

    #618649

    Runky
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    Leasing is also an option. It shows you what it’s like to own a horse without actually owning one. heh. P:

    #618646

    LoneStar
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    Wow….that’s my dream horse as well! He’s gorgeous.

    Leasing is a great idea, it’s good to know the highs and lows of having a horse without making a such big commitment. It’s a different kettle of fish in the winter as well…. summer is great time to have a horse – winter is not always so great….! So yeah – it’s a good idea to see if you’re cut out for it first.

    It’s best to go for a really quiet type of horse to build up your confidence as well at first. Older horses are often good for this.

    I paid the equivalent of $80 a month to keep my pony on DIY livery, that’s very cheap though. I also paid for all her hay, feed, bedding, worming, shoeing, veterinary care, tack, equipment etc etc on top of that…. So don’t forget to take that stuff into account as well as the price of livery when you’re budgeting for keeping a horse.

    #618653

    A Fire Inside
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    @mokeybird 711089 wrote:

    Have you ever taken lessons, Janny? Have you been to this facility? Maybe you should try some lessons there.

    You don’t have any near plans on getting a horse do you? They aren’t for everybody, you know.

    Yes to the first. Yes to the second. And no to the third. I don’t think I will get a horse until I’m in college.

    I do the therapeutic volunteering there. If you work there 5 times they give you a free lesson so I’ve done that…free lessons…mmmm…

    #618655

    Theo4life
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    Mangoe, where is Lazy L? I am boarding at Artemis Farm in Southampton NJ and we have 110 acers with a 1/2 mile grass galloping track, 10 acer riding feild some “trails” a lighted hunter ring, a small flat ring an indoor, a 21 12×12 stall barn, a 5 stall shed,(out veiwing the driveway” and and a garage with 5 stalls but we never use it. We pay $525 per month, and that doesnt include any fees like shoeing, vet etc. let alone the lessons. Here is the website. mysite.verizon.net/poris3 check it out.

    #618656

    sema01
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    Cost varies depending on how you keep the horse, where you live, what you do with the horse and so on.

    As a rough guide, minimum $200 if you self-stable and $400 for full livery. However, in some areas costs can be double or more than this.

    If you have stall, fenced in pasture and do everything yourself, it can be cheaper.

    Suggest you start with a full list of different horse costs, then phone around to get the local cost of each of these items (stall, food, supplements, farrier, insurance, inoculations, dental, etc.). Add them up or use the online calculator at the above location.

    Once you get the total, I would suggest you add 10-25% for contingencies or missed items.

    Then hope you don’t get a major disaster (e.g. colic requiring surgery). Think about taking out insurance to cover major vet expenses.

    #618657

    milomypup
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    @sema01 780066 wrote:

    Cost varies depending on how you keep the horse, where you live, what you do with the horse and so on.

    As a rough guide, minimum $200 if you self-stable and $400 for full livery. However, in some areas costs can be double or more than this.

    If you have stall, fenced in pasture and do everything yourself, it can be cheaper.

    Suggest you start with a full list of different horse costs, then phone around to get the local cost of each of these items (stall, food, supplements, farrier, insurance, inoculations, dental, etc.). Add them up or use the online calculator at the above location.

    Once you get the total, I would suggest you add 10-25% for contingencies or missed items.

    Then hope you don’t get a major disaster (e.g. colic requiring surgery). Think about taking out insurance to cover major vet expenses.

    Thanks for this information. Horses are one of the most challenging animals to take care for, but it is VERY fulfilling!

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    #618658

    Ask a Vet
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    A vet can actually give you a proper estimate on how much does it cost you to keep a horse.


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