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Cynthia    Posted 01-23-2005 at 12:12:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband and I would love to get a horse when we move to the country but we keep reading that they are really expensive to take care of. I would love to hear from anyone that has a horse and find out approxiamately how much it costs per month or year. We will be living in Arkansas on at least a few acres so it will be able to eat at least some grass and then we will give it hay. I know that we will need a horse barn and that saddles are expensive but what are the other costs? I would love any and all input I can get. Thanks!

Bkeepr    Posted 01-24-2005 at 09:43:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
We got a mule instead of a horse for our first equine. Had done a lot of reading, seemed like mules are hardier, smarter, and won't let you do anything stupid that'll hurt them like a horse will.

Well, we've had Bobbyjean 3 years now and I wouldn't trade her for anything. Horses are ok, but mules are best friend you could have.

Tom A

the    Posted 01-23-2005 at 15:34:50       [Reply]  [No Email]

majority of information that you will read about horses just flat is not true. All they need is an adequate amount of food and water. they don't need th best high protine hay, good old dry grass hay is fine. On pasture they like to eat as close to the ground as possible while leaving good lookin spots of tall grass. don't go givin them good hay when the pastue grass looks a little short in spots. don't go throwin good money at shoes unless you are using the horse where it needs shoes. crossing the hard top or short trips on a dirt road is not need for shoes. If you do decide to shoe the horse make sure you have the best ferrier (horse shoer) available as a bad ferrier can ruin a horse real quick. Get one that knows and likes your breed of horse. Routine vet calls are not needed but you will have to pay attention to the condition of your horse. Mineral blocks,salt,wormer can be purchased at your farm supply. Tack for the horse can be had used for almost nothing if you keep your eyes open. My daughter just recently sold a circle Y saddle and bridle for $100 that cost $1800 new today. Your horse does not need or want a nice barn. A few trees for shade and a wind break is fine and that way you will not be concerned about cleaning the barn all the time. Now the important part- A horse outweighs you by 10 to 20 times and therefore they can do as they please and given the right opertunity they will so be careful around them.

mark    Posted 01-23-2005 at 13:27:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
It can be as inexpensive or as expensive as
you want it to be. If you're going to buy hay,
bagged feed, suppliments etc etc it's going to
be pricey.

I have feed mixed at the mill in a 1 ton batch,
costs $100 lasts a little over a month - I'm
feeding 7 critters that include 3 drafts and a
mammoth donkey. We make our own hay. A
mineral block is $11 a salt block is $5. Hoof
trimming is $5 a hoof unless he does the
whole bunch then he charges $10 a head.
Wormer is $60 for a 10 dose bottle and we
worm spring and fall. Vaccines all depends on
what you want given. As far as a barn all they
need is some sort of windbreak.

Pasture size needed per critter is something
you'll need to ask the county extension agent
in your area, if you don't have the size you'll
need then you'll have to feed sup. hay year

Donna from Mo    Posted 01-23-2005 at 13:10:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you raise your own hay and have your own pasture, that helps. If you're going to be riding on gravel roads or any hard surfaces, horses need to be shod every six to eight weeks. Around here, that's $80 each time. During the three or four coldest months we leave shoes off the horse since I don't ride much then. You'll want them vaccinated and wormed. We have the vet out once a year for vaccinations, (and sheath-cleaning if the horse is in misery with THAT problem) but many people do that themselves. The wormer isn't too expensive... $8 to $12 every two months. Some people feed their horses a lot of grain. Mine only gets grain as a treat after a long ride; he was mildly foundered before I bought him, and I don't take risks by feeding him more than he needs. He stays fat on a bale of hay a day, and he's a big horse.

seahag    Posted 01-23-2005 at 13:06:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well....since you are going to keep it at your place you save on board...Hay grain vet bills shoeing tack etc...yes its an expensive hobby..ususally horses want company they are herd animals...I know people that get a goat to keep with their horse. I spent a lot of money on horses but the pleasure of being with them was worth it. My daughter showed 4-H and we were involved with quarter horse also...alas none of the grandkids show an interest in horses but thats ok.

Remember you have to shovel that stuff they put out and pile it somewhere...good fertilizer after a few matter what if you go somewhere for any extensive period of time you need someone to care for them. Thats what we do for our friends when they go to PA to see family..we babysit the horses.

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