So you’re thinking about buying a horse? I’m going to walk you through the expenses of owning an urban horse. If you are a first time buyer and want to know more about boarding, shoeing, and upkeep, you have come to the right place!
Location does play a part in the overall upkeep and maintenance of owning a horse. However, I can give you all the information you’ll need to shop your specific area. First, let’s start with the horse itself, this will be your first expense and there are specifics that should be addressed. If you don’t have a lot of experience with horses I strongly recommend you either bring somebody along that is, or call a large animal veterinarian to schedule a pre-purchase exam. You can expect to pay about $225 for this peace of mind.
If you are on a budget you’ll want to choose a boarding stable with no more amenities then you’ll need. For instance, if you’re only interested in trail riding, a big fancy temperature controlled barn and covered arena would be an unnecessary extravagant expense.
The average boarding fee in Phoenix and surrounding communities is $225 to $350. per month. This includes hay 2x a day and stall cleaning at least one time per day. However, be prepared to pay additional fees for supplements, medications, blanketing, and turn-outs. These add-on services could easily raise your board bill $50 or more. Trailer parking is often free, if you don’t have one, keep in mind LOCAL one way transporters will charge somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 bucks.
Vaccinations against disease are given twice a year, Spring and Fall. If you administer them yourself they will cost you about $50 a year for bare minimum protection. However, if you are in a barn with many horses that travel to shows or other events, broader disease prevention is recommended. Some barns might have mandatory vaccination guidelines which may cost you an additional $50. If you plan on having the veterinarian take care of all vaccinations, it will cost you around $55 minimum for the farm call, on top of vaccine prices.
Don’t forget horses need to be wormed too! Four times a year, rotation paste wormers vary in price, but overall expect to pay no less than $50 per year.
Shod or Barefoot
Your horse will need hoof care every six to eight weeks. If you have a good footed horse you may be able to get by without shoes, depends on the horse and his job. Trims only cost between $40 and $50 every ten to twelve weeks. If your farrier suggests front shoes only and trims behind, [most common] expect to pay between $75 and $90 every six to eight weeks. Shod front and back will run you $1oo -$125 every six to eight weeks. These prices are for regular shoeing, corrective shoeing is significantly higher. Another reason to have a pre-purchase exam!
Whether this horse is for you, or perhaps a son or daughter, owning a horse is a huge commitment. Somebody will need to exercise, groom, and well… spend a lot of time enjoying this luxury! That means driving to the barn during the week, after work or school, and on weekends. Are you up for that?? If the answer is yes, below are the minimum expenses a horse owner can expect to pay.
• Boarding per year: $2,700.00
• Vaccines: $50.00
• Worming: $50.00
• Shoeing: $540.00
TOTAL: $3,340.00 per year
Don’t forget you’ll be needin’ a saddle, pad, bit, bridle, halter, and a lead rope – for starters! Oh, and some brushes, and a hoof pick, and, and, and…