Welcome to PetForums

Join thousands of other pet owners and pet lovers on the UK's most popular and friendly pet community and discussion forum.

Sign Up

Keeping a horse

Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by Animal_Lover, Mar 3, 2008.


  1. Animal_Lover

    Animal_Lover PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2008
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi

    Could a horse owner tell me how much a year is it to keep a horse, thats including vet bills, food, stables, land, shoes ect.

    Thanks, :D
     
  2. bullbreeds

    bullbreeds PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    1,619
    Likes Received:
    72
    That would depend on the size of horse, kind of livery etc..
    Although there has been a previous thread on this subject which may be of help.
     
  3. puddles

    puddles PetForums Junior

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    about 500-800 CDN/US per month for boarding
    which is food,stables,land etc
    vet bills are random and very expensive so have a rainday fund for this
    horse shows are usally around 200-400$ depending on how far,trailering etc.

    if this is too much you could always part-board with somebody there are many barns that do this

    but then again this is based on canada it also depends where you live and how many stables are in the area. more stables =cheaper boarding
     
  4. DiamondHooves

    DiamondHooves PetForums Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2008
    Messages:
    281
    Likes Received:
    4
    hi we have one pony on a d.i.y yeard with two school and filds and a xcjumps and we pay with hay and feed about £150 mouth and we have one pony and one horse out at grass we pay for thefild £80 and to food and hay them is about £25for them in the winter ihope this help you a bit:)
     
  5. clare7577

    clare7577 Guest

    Diy liverey in my area is anything between£10-£35 week,hay and straw weekly(winter) around£20 shoes(say 7 weekly) £60 feed (winter) around £20 wk then theres extras,worming,teeth.jabs,fly spray,grooming aids,amongst others,unexpected vet bills+insurance.(bottomless money pits)
     
  6. Melissa

    Melissa PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi

    Depends on the area you live in, full livery/ part livery or DIY, farriers vary hugely, food requirements vary - what work the horse does, whether the horse is a good do-er!!! Vets fees - who knows, if you're very lucky it will be annual vaccines and health check, BUT it could be very expensive, definitely take out insurance. Then you have all the extras, worming, dentist, tack, rugs, grooming, and all the "must have" accessories that jump off the shelf in the shop:eek::D
    Have you thought of sharing!!!!!:)
     
  7. Chikadee

    Chikadee PetForums Junior

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    13
    I'm looking into gettin my own horse, I've been riding since I was 10 (now 17) and aswell as my lessons I help an old man who lives close to me look after his horses. I have a friend who is moving out of the country for a couple of years but is still keeping her house here (about a 30 second walk from my place) and it has a stable and tack room in excellent condition, so I'm concidering asking her if I could keep my horse there. Do you think this is a good idea? It would be alot cheaper than paying to keep my horse at the farm near me, plus I have alot of free time before and after college to look after the horse. Pleeeaase give me some opinions lol

    xx
     
  8. Natnat

    Natnat PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2008
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    If your friend lets you keep your new horse at her house that is a bonus saves you paying rent for field and stable, you would just have to make sure you get a horse that doesnt mind being on its own. My horse is a rite freak when left on her own. My horse is at a d.i.y. livery yard now as she was being too naughty being in a field on her own and would not let me ride her.
     
  9. Chikadee

    Chikadee PetForums Junior

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    13
    Haha love her!!

    The horses I ride for that man are like that, one of them is too big for me, but the other is just perfect....except for her attitude! She was broken in badly apparently, she is the sweetest thing really and doesnt set out to hurt or frighten anyone (loves a bath haha) but wen u ride her she just thinks she can do watever, its only after about an hr that she starts to properly take notice of u. Shes amazing all the same, and to be honest Im greatful shes so nuts, its given me more of an idea wat a 'crazy' horse is like, better for experiance I think =)
     
  10. MeganRose

    MeganRose PetForums Senior

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2008
    Messages:
    642
    Likes Received:
    9
    I worked out roughly how much I'D spend a year on a horse.
    Which is aroud £2000 for rent, shoeing, worming, insurance, dentists and bootster injections. Not including feed or vets bills, because both vary so much. Also not including tack/kit.
    But yes, that'd be the very cheapest/basics of horse-owning.

    I get rent and hay really cheap where I live, and sometimes cheap shoeing, which is a good bonus. :D
     
  11. Sophia

    Sophia PetForums Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2008
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    7
    Also, don't forget that if you keep your horse privately (i.e. not at a livery yard) then you may well be responsible for the upkeep of facilitites, so it's not neccessarily any cheaper - I keep my three at home and we have to pay for everything down to muck heap removal, fertilising the fields, fencing, riding arena upkeep as well as having had to buy jumps, wings, poles etc.

    It sounds very idillic keeping your horse's by yourself - but the reality is that it can be very lonely and extremely hard-work. There's not neccessarily anyone one else to help you out and even simple things like not having anyone to ride out with or wanting a second opinion on something.

    Having said that, I love having them on my doorstep and it's definately easier in some ways ... no yard politics and feeding in my PJ's before going back to bed springs to mind immediately!
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice