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Old 02-08-2019, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default What is the cost of owning a horse

I've always wanted a horse and I'm considering getting one. I've ridden horses in the past in trail rides and of course those horses were already trained and easy to ride. My fil has a few acres about 40 min from where I live and he said I could set something up,there if I wanted (no fence). My sil lives there with him and I could pay my nephew to feed the horse if need be. My question is, how much does it cost to maintain a horse? Right now I have nothing (no saddle, etc...) or no experience in the maintenance of one.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:21 AM   #2
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You’re looking in the high 7 figure range before it’s all said and done

Seriously, horses are crazy expensive.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:24 AM   #3
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Having a horse you become a servant to the horse!!! 24/7/365
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:27 AM   #4
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Horses are expensive. Performance horses even more so. If you want to own a horse to ride every no and again don't. Go to a riding stable.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:28 AM   #5
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I have owned horses most of my life.. they have to be ridden regularly even if they are seasoned.. feed Is 10 bucks a sack and hay for winter is 8 dollars a bail. Each will last last than a week if feeding properly. Feet have to be trimmed at 40 to 60 bucks a pop. Every 6 weeks. You will pay way more for the horse than it's worth. I just gave my cow horse to my buddy's 10 year old daughter because I wanted him to go to someone who would ride him.. it's not cheap owning a horse.. plus you need fence a shed etc..
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:32 AM   #6
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Don't forget vet bills. I swear a horse can cut itself in rubber room.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:35 AM   #7
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My thoughts! All they do is eat and s**t.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:39 AM   #8
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The veterinarian bills are steep as well.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:39 AM   #9
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Horses are expensive. Performance horses especially. We have 4 on feed right now.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:39 AM   #10
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It would be cheaper if you bought an incinerator that will only burn single $100 bills and use it twice a week.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:40 AM   #11
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true^, more expensive than children
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:42 AM   #12
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Daughter has been riding for awhile and has wanted her own horse here at the house for a long time. We went through an exercise on the cost and it was $10,000 for fence, shed/a tall, feed, prep, etc. and that was before the cost of the horse. I told her as soon as she comes up with the $10k, I'll go buy the horse.
Best thing if you really want a horse is to "lease/rent" one from a local stable. They will handle the day to day stuff and you get to rude when you want without having to schedule a ride with them.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:43 AM   #13
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I'd pass, get a four wheeler.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:43 AM   #14
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It depends on the woman attached to the horse.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:47 AM   #15
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It depends. I do the vast majority of my own vet work and I have enough land that I don't have to feed mine but I am not the norm. Why horses are fun on just a few acres you will have to feed them everyday and it will get boring riding around in a circle pretty quick. You either need to be at a big set of stables that have some land and maybe a riding club or you need a trailer to haul to places to ride. All in all it is going to cost you plenty.

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Old 02-08-2019, 09:49 AM   #16
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IF IT HASN'T BEEN SAID YET... RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

i was talked into two of these and now i have a pain in each side of my arse
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:52 AM   #17
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Call the man.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:57 AM   #18
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You can own 2 unicorns cheaper
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:58 AM   #19
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It is not cheap and the expense never stops LOL. I probably would have thought a lot harder before buying one. Buying the horse is the cheap part. I think it probably costs me about $400 a month on average. That is stable, feed, ferrier, shots and wormer all averaged out.

I give my own vaccines and wormer so I try to avoid the vet. Also I barely go out there any more and my son lost interest. My daughter wants to ride but I never have anytime to go over there. Weather has been horrible so it is very muddy out there too. Not sure I can convince the family to sell but if I could that horse would be gone.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:58 AM   #20
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I have never owned one, but you couldn't give me one of those hay burners.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:03 AM   #21
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Boy how times have changed, used to be only poor people hunted and had horses. Just like hunting, horses are crazy expensive. I refuse to own one.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:04 AM   #22
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The Simpsons summed up owning a horse perfectly.

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Old 02-08-2019, 10:08 AM   #23
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It depends on the woman attached to the horse.
Get rid of both. Save lots of $$$
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:08 AM   #24
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Until recently I had 4 horses, the youngest is 29 years old, the oldest was 36. They were all on Heritage 16% Senior feed and good coastal hay. That senior feed is $17 bucks a bag. This might seem irrelevant to your questions, but these horses were not old when I got them. They , over time became pets and I could not in good conscious just get rid of them because they had outlived their purpose. What I'm saying is, they can become an emotional investment as well as a monetary one. You need to be prepared for that just in case.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:09 AM   #25
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I owned 3 at once and they ain't cheap. Feed, ferrier, time to care for them, it all adds up. They are not worth having IMO unless you rodeo or work them.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:09 AM   #26
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Get rid of both. Save lots of $$$

Well ride em a bit then get rid of them
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:12 AM   #27
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Until recently I had 4 horses, the youngest is 29 years old, the oldest was 36. They were all on Heritage 16% Senior feed and good coastal hay. That senior feed is $17 bucks a bag. This might seem irrelevant to your questions, but these horses were not old when I got them. They , over time became pets and I could not in good conscious just get rid of them because they had outlived their purpose. What I'm saying is, they can become an emotional investment as well as a monetary one. You need to be prepared for that just in case.
I mainly just pet mine and give it treats. I'm thinking about leasing it out. If someone wants to try out horse ownership you can rent mine for $400 a month . She stays on 350 acres of riding grounds and is fed twice daily. Easily going and kid friendly.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:14 AM   #28
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Way to much for a pet that doesn't even retrieve birds
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:16 AM   #29
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All I know is my crazy catlady mom lived by herself on a farm in the woods for most of her life with 15 cats, 6 dogs, and 2-3 horses and now she complains about not having enough money for retirement. Makes me crazy mad because her burn rate on all these stupid animals would have probably bought her a house in the hills and a pile of cash to go to sleep on every night. Instead she's rocking SS checks and fretting over bird feed.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:18 AM   #30
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They eat 25 hours a day, 8 days a week
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:39 AM   #31
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We recently bought one for my daughter. Board is 400 month. Nice facility though. She rides him 4-5 times a week. Barn is not too far from the house. I would go the lease route if i were you. That way if you find it doesn't fit great in your lifestyle, etc. you aren't stuck with the animal. Pretty much every barn will have some horses available for lease.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:43 AM   #32
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Depends on what you want to do with it.
If you are doing what my wife does your pockets are always empty...LOL



Either way they cost money & are 24/7 for sure.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:55 AM   #33
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We received two 'free' horses a few years ago. After spending a few hundred dollars on them, we accepted the fact that we were not 'horse people' and let them go to someone who was.
These horses had not been worked with or trained to be ridden. We discovered very quickly that our lifestyle didn't allow the time needed to work with them and spend time with them to turn them into the occasional riding horses we envisioned.
BTW, we live on 15 fenced acres.
Growing up, we had two horses at my grandparents' land in NE Texas (120 acres). We visited 4 or 5 times a year and would catch the horses, saddle them, and ride around a while. That was fun. But those horses had (somewhere along the way) been trained to be ridden. Now they weren't the best horses to ride since they were only ridden a few times per year, but it was all we needed. (Lots of good stories about them trying to scrape us off under a low branch, etc.)
The rest of the time, they just hung out with my grandparents' cows, they were never shod, had no vet exams, etc.
Where I live in Parker County, most folks treat their horses better than they do their spouses and children. Fancy special hay, etc.
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:50 AM   #34
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My daughter might be upset if we got rid of ours.


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Old 02-08-2019, 11:58 AM   #35
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Horses have a purpose if used right.. They are the best thing for handicap
kids to bond with. My son had a lot of problems and a horse help him more than
any med or Dr . When I took him to Sol ross for school we took his horse .
When we got there he was very down. His horse could tell that and went over
and stood beside him. That horse new he needed something to help him . A lot of good information to think about before you get one
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:10 PM   #36
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We have 2 retired horses in Texas we feed and now have 2 up here in the arctic!!!. Much more expensive than you might first think, and that is even when nothing goes wrong. I believe it is cheaper in Texas than it is up north where we have to stall them so much during the winter. They are great animals, but if you are not going to ride them consistently weekly, if not more, I would suggest befriending someone that has one and riding theirs! Much better option!

Good luck whatever you decide!
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:20 PM   #37
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Until recently I had 4 horses, the youngest is 29 years old, the oldest was 36. They were all on Heritage 16% Senior feed and good coastal hay. That senior feed is $17 bucks a bag. This might seem irrelevant to your questions, but these horses were not old when I got them. They , over time became pets and I could not in good conscious just get rid of them because they had outlived their purpose. What I'm saying is, they can become an emotional investment as well as a monetary one. You need to be prepared for that just in case.
yes! large expensive dogs that don't recover downed birds. try to get rid of them if u have kids. good luck!!
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:31 PM   #38
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I had as many as 4 at one time. Down to 1 now - a big Tennessee Walker mare that my wife refuses to part with. I hunt and fish - and she rides with a bunch of her friends all the time. They are a lot of responsibility and expense as others have stated. But - you only live once and can't take any $$ with you. If you want 1 and are willing to live with the responsibility that goes along with it, go for it. You have to be passionate about it - all in. If you have any reservations, don't bother ...
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:36 PM   #39
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on the way a horse is affordable if you can build a cheap barn door already have one and put multiple stalls in it. My brother-in-law is my neighbor he got out of horses but he brings his stalls for 75-100 each a month. That's super cheap for our area and he doesn't touch the horses or feed at all. We did have horses that covered his feed bill and vet bills
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:14 PM   #40
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We have around 20 or so at the moment. We feed round bales and have the property so monthly cost isn't much and since we are Arabian breeders we have an ag exemption and farm for federal taxes. Our tax advantages way outweigh any costs involved but we are the exception, not the norm. Wife does most vet stuff on them and we only keep in stalls when foaling.
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:16 PM   #41
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OP based on your experience, etc..... I wouldn't invest in a horse.
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:16 PM   #42
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Whatever people tell you the cost is multiply by 5x and you may be close.
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:23 PM   #43
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A boat is a fine investment up beside of a hayburner.

If you get a good horse it will always be hurt/sick $$$$ if you get a ****ty one it will live for 25 years $$$. They're even expensive when they die.


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Old 02-08-2019, 01:30 PM   #44
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pretty close estimate as you always have to write a check for something
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:42 PM   #45
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Unless you are going to be using it a lot to MAKE money, working-penning cattle, or riding everyday it will be a great expense. You will have to decide how much pleasure you get for your $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:31 PM   #46
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Wow, glad I asked. I didn't even know you could lease a horse. Gonna look into that.
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:18 PM   #47
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My monthly cost for my 2 horses is extremely cheap, I've got 2 easy keepers and 80 acres for them to roam on. Both of mine are performance horses, which do need some maintaining. The benefits far outweigh my expenses... I have won more money on 1 of them, than both have cost me combined.... They are also handy for working cattle..
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:32 PM   #48
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They say you can make a million dollars owning a horse.
Step 1: Start with two million dollars, . . .
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:06 PM   #49
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take all of your money you make in a month, put it in a trash can and burn it, if your o.k with that then your ready for a horse
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:29 PM   #50
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An ex wife is cheaper
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