Estimates... Horse Feed... Vet Bills... Farrier Bills...

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  1. FutureVetGirl

    FutureVetGirl Senior Member+

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    This is purely hypothetical. I'm trying to figure out prices again for a possible horse. It's been a while since I have done so, so I'm kind of at that stage.


    So...

    In this hypothetical situation, there is a nice, steady older (older means 10-15 in this situation) all-around horse, primarily dressage and/or trail. Not shown often, maybe once every few months. Lives out on five acres with three other horses, equally as old and even-tempered. Gets ridden six times a week for about an hour, basic stuff for the most part, maybe a jump or two here or there. Has no known illnesses. Is either a Quarter Horse or a Draft Cross. Was shod, now transitioning to barefoot.

    What kind of feed, how much does it cost, and how much daily?

    What kind of hay, how much does it cost, and how much daily?

    How much would be the estimate for vet bills yearly, not including emergency situations?

    How much would a GOOD barefoot trimmer cost yearly?


    Thanks everyone! At the moment, I'm just estimating stuff, though I'm almost always estimating a bit more than the first estimation, just in case. :wink: So yeah... I'm trying to get the estimates
     






  2. redhorseridge

    redhorseridge Senior Member+

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    If grain isn't necessary and you could get by with only a supplement for vitamins and minerals at 1# per day, that's about $.40 per day (depends on the brand). You're talking roughly 20# of hay per day (could be less, could be more, depends on horse). Depending on where you live, what type of hay you buy, and how its baled, hay runs about $200 per ton. I feed 10-15# per horse per day and my hay costs $4 per 50# bale, so I spend about $1/day/horse on hay, roughly feeding hay November through April since I have pasture.

    Vet bills include vaccinations (the cost depends on what you need in your area, but they all need certain core vaccinations) and coggins (and perhaps sheath cleaning for geldings). My vaccinations run about $100 per horse per year, including "farm call" fees and the coggins is $30.

    My farrier is trained for barefoot trims and charges $10 per hoof.
     
  3. FutureVetGirl

    FutureVetGirl Senior Member+

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    I'm WAY overestimating then. ;) :D Oh well... at least I'm overestimating rather than underestimating. :D

    Boy... I have hay at 1500. O_O

    I guess I can lower that to just 1000... I might have to feed hay during the summer because it's Texas...
     
  4. bnwalker2

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    Well, here's what it costs me to keep Ike. He's a 6-7 year old, 15.3hh Quarter Horse (cross?), approximately 1200-1300 pounds (I really need to get an exact weight on him one of these days!). I ride him 7 days a week if the weather allows, but right now it's usually under an hour a day... sometimes as little as 5 minutes if the weather's really bad. Once spring comes, he'll be ridden more but will still be considered light work.

    Hay - Orchard Grass, excellent quality - 60 pound bales cost $2.75 through a family friend. He's free fed hay but eats roughly 30-40 pounds a day depending on weather. Now, in the summer that will be significantly decreased.

    Feed - He doesn't get any hard feeds. I don't like him to have sweet feed, but the other horses here are fed sweet feed, and that's $9 per 50lb bag and it takes 6 horses about two days to go through that. I do give him a mineral and salt block, 50 pound blocks are about $5-10 and seem like they last him forever.

    Farrier - My farrier charges $15 for a barefoot trim per horse.

    De-worming - The de-wormer I get is about $15 a dose and I de-worm every 3 months.

    Vet Bills - So far, Ike hasn't required any vet care since I've only had him a few months and he was already up to date on everything. But going on what the other horses have needed. Coggins runs about 15 per horse, a farm call is $40, vaccinations are about $75 per horse a year. Emergency calls are $60 plus the farm call, plus whatever needs to be done.
     
  5. FutureVetGirl

    FutureVetGirl Senior Member+

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    Ok... I probably WAY overestimated on everything... because I got 7220 in my "calculations". O_O

    It's for the very first year...

    OK.... here's what I have:

    2000 - Initial Purchase
    1000 - Hay for one year
    500 - Ration Balancer/Feed
    500 - Supplements
    660 - Any basic vet calls
    500 - Used Tack (saddle, bridle, etc)
    500 - Stabling Needs and Commodities (buckets, mangers, etc)
    400 - Rugging, boots, etc
    500 - Farrier Bills
    260 - Bedding (only in the stall at night)
    1000 - Emergency Fund

    And I got 7220.

    Is that correct? I mean... without the Emergency Fund and Initial Purchase prices it's 4220. Now that I think about it... it seems right... :)
     
  6. bnwalker2

    bnwalker2 Senior Member+

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    Keep in mind, with the way the market is right now, you can probably find a very good and well broke horse for under $1000.
     
  7. FutureVetGirl

    FutureVetGirl Senior Member+

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    Yeah... I'm just estimating higher... though I'm definately sure I can find one under 1000. :D
     
  8. bugsys22575

    bugsys22575 Senior Member+

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    I thiink your numbers for the hay/feed/farrier/rugging/tack/bedding/emergency all look good.

    Supplememnts, maybe, (depending on the horse) but hopefully, probably, not
    Routine vet- I spend $250 a year roughly, including teeth
    Stable needs- im not sure what exactly you have in mind other than buckets, etc, but I KNOW I dont go through that much a year. :)
     
  9. FutureVetGirl

    FutureVetGirl Senior Member+

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    OH... I forgot about teeth! I knew I was forgetting something. :D

    And yeah... this is just for the first year, when I'm getting everything. Second year I'd spend about only 100-200 on all of my tack and gear, for just "fix ups" and stuff. :)
     
  10. txgray

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    just a warning, due to the constant state of drought in texas, our hay prices can be higher than average (and since our grass can be limited, you may have to feed more).

    don't think it's possible to calculate a feed cost without knowing the horse in question. I've had some require 2lbs a day and others 12lbs a day. That's a huuuuuge difference.

    other than that, it looks about right.
     






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