As you're all pretty much aware, I'm a guy without a horse. I live in the city because I have to as a condition of employment. When speaking with comrades that have horses, I've been told "it isn't that much" to own a horse or to own one and board it. I've never had the opportunity to sit down and go over expenses bit by bit. Until now. Please give me some help with realistic dollars and cents about owning a horse. What can I look at, initially and monthly, if I went full throttle and got me one? In addition, is there a difference, real or percieved, in the relationship between mount and master if the horse is boarded and doesn't have the opportunity to interact with the owner on a daily basis? And, how much time, weekly, would I need to spend with my new friend to make the most out of the relationship?
Post by Dave Myrick on Dec 9, 2006 22:02:05 GMT -5
Mark, The cost of ownersip can vary on the level of care you want offered to your horse. Here in cantral Maryland, field board runs from around $150 to $400 per month depending on location of the farm etc. Full board is of course more and can easily be $300 to $500 per month. I'm sure it will vary in your neighborhood as well. The is the cost of the farrier for hoof trimming and or shoeing, vet visits, innoculations, annual Coggins tests etc. It is difficult to say what you should expect to pay per month because things can vary so much from location to location. This is all on top of the cost of the animal itself. Good horses can be found for less than $1000. Tack is another expense as well. How much is dependant on your preference. It can get silly. It will take some time to bond with your horse and establish that relationship. How long depends on the horse and his mind. The same goes for training them to reenact. Some take it very quickly. Others never do. Some folks spend time every day with their horses others once or twice a month, yet others fall somewhere in between depending on botht the needs of the individual horse and owner. Dave
I am not sure if you are still checking this thread or not but i feel like adding my 2 cents. My family and i own 8 horses and 1 pony. We own paints, quarters and an appendix. I know here in northern middle tennessee i have seen pasture board for 75.00, but i have seen full board as high as 600.00. Our horses are pastured 24/7 we bring them in long enough to feed them and get some rest and then right back out they go. They are happy and healthy. I am active duty Army so i dont get much free time but the time i do spend with the horses is quality. i help train them more so now than before my wife is almost due with our 3rd little trooper. The relationship i have with our horses is more of a mutual respect thing not a master and mount relationship. I respect them for their power their beauty and their intelligence. They respect me for the simple fact that i control their life as far as feeding cleaning their stalls, brushing them all of that good stuff. dont get me wrong when they break any of the cardinal rule the hammer gets laid down and they are corrected. But at the same time i am not beating them senseless for every thing. I refer to it as mutual respect. they respect my space i respect theirs, when i am on their back they respect my authority but i also respect their decision making skills. If there is terrain that is questionable, I tend to let them tell me where we think we should go.
When it comes to buying a horse, i look at it like getting a tattoo. Visit the animal as often as you can. Get a health cert and a coggins and have a Vet go out and look at it. not one that the owner reccommends. Visit the animal watch it move, watch interact with other horses and people and then make the decision in the mean time while you are doing all of this save money to pay for it.