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Mary-Beth    Posted 03-11-2004 at 14:29:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How's it goin,

I just wanted to say that I'm intrigued with country living and hopefully someday I'll be living in the country. I actually live in the city or what some people would call supberbia. I hate it and would much rather live in the country anyday.

I also had a question about horses and wanted to know if I had a horse, approx how much money would I need to spend a year to keep one?

Donna from Mo    Posted 03-11-2004 at 15:11:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
It amazes me how much a horse can cost. Besides the hay, you have to have him shod if you're going to ride him on gravel or hard surfaces, or his feet will wear down to nothing. Then there are the vaccinations. Good tack (saddles, bridles, etc.) is high-priced too. Still, when I'm out there riding, or even just giving Blue his morning hug (which he waits for before he starts to eat his hay), or when he sees me coming and puts his head over the gate and nickers to me... he's worth every penny!

cowgirlj    Posted 03-11-2004 at 19:22:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yup! It's called being horse poor. It is either your way of life, or not!
Mary-Beth, there are many variables to concider about horse owning and costs. What kind of horse, how big? What will you use it for? Will it have a pasture with good quality grazing? What are hay prices like in your area? Will you suppliment with grain? Will you be competing, or pleasure riding? Do you have a trailer or will you have to rent one, or pay someone to haul your horse for you when/if needed? Will you have to board it at someone else's barn?
Monthly expenses will be feed, hay/grain, worming meds. Then there are farrier costs, every 8 weeks for the spring, summer and fall months. (trimming and/or shoeing). Then there are spring and fall vaccinations, west nile vaccinations and teeth floating ( annual dentistry work). You need to have a nest egg for emergencies. One thing I have learned over the years with horses is, if it can happen, it will happen. Horses will always find ways of getting into things they shouldn't, and get hurt or sick. Unless you are very, very lucky! And like Donna said there is tack to concider. You can spend a fortune on tack and "gotta' haves" alone. Once you start spending money in that department, you'll find there is always something new and cool to buy for your horse. Horse care also takes a lot of time, every day. However, having said all that, I, also like donna, would not trade having horses for anything in the world. It is a part of me and who I am.

deadcarp    Posted 03-11-2004 at 14:59:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi mary-beth. according to my buddy ron, a horse costs about $100/month. he raises most of his own hay. :)

Clipper    Posted 03-11-2004 at 14:44:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
First off: Don't move in next to a old coot named Fern....he chases cows,falls inta cowpies a lot,and is inta his second childhood playing with mudpies an Lord knows what all else he is up to!!:^)

Secondly:Talk to local horse owners...that will give ya a good idea of hay/feed costs per Winter for your horse. Vet bills will vary depending on the soundness of your horse but ya still gotta vaccinate and worm the horse every year. Next is the Farrier costs for keeping yer horses' feet up to snuff which means a trip to yer place every 2 months.

Barring disease,founder,and self-taught flying lessons through barbed-wire fences that's bout all I can think of right now....but all that is a good start dontcha think? :^)

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-11-2004 at 15:25:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thinks you thought to much, Clipper!!! he he he

Sue    Posted 03-11-2004 at 22:13:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well Mary Beth, We have 3 horses and the shoe bill for the 2 normal mares is $40 for the front only. Our special needs child (who I would not trade for the world) runs $75. He needs pads and medicine but has grown about a16th of an inch of hoof wall. Yea casper!! We usually go thru 3/4 of a bale a day. When we had one horse it was a bale a week. $100 a month should do a real good job covering it.That is in Cal, I also trade grooming services for hay, and if they are short a delivery guy, my husband helps out. If you try you can get some stuff free. I also love the used tack stores, and auction. Although I personally never buy horses from there jjust tack and stuff.
good luck they are worth it .Sue

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