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post #31 of 47
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Well, I am certainly NOT a lottery winner, and never have been, but I have always been able to support my horsey hobby...there is always a way, if you have the will and the love for it. You'll have your horse some day...
Well, that's a hubby decision. But he promises me 7 horses if we win. (I told him one would do.) It's really that he wants to have a place where we can keep them, so he wants to do the whole house thing.
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
Well, that's a hubby decision. But he promises me 7 horses if we win. (I told him one would do.) It's really that he wants to have a place where we can keep them, so he wants to do the whole house thing.
Well, just don't let him 'make you wait' forever for it though; sometimes a person will use a certain excuse just because they don't want something, period. If you get a home, with land enough for a horse, remind him that you now have land and start saving money on your own for fencing, and eventually a horse, because he promised. If it doesn't look like you'll ever move, then start looking for a reputable place to board a horse, and then start saving some money to be able to leash a horse till you can move and eventually buy one...there are always ways to be involved in the horse world when you can't own! Hang out with horsey friends, shows, horse events, and just get plugged in so that when you are able to buy a horse, or lease one, you are all set to go... Please, please, please, don't let your husband stop you for the rest of your life...My husband was not going to let me get Pride either, when we first met, but I told him there were horses before him, there will be horses with him too...whether he liked it or not! You love horses, your husband may not, but he needs to get used to that fact that you love them and would like to become active in that 'world', and eventually own one, sooner than later.
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by faith's_mom View Post
Well, just don't let him 'make you wait' forever for it though; sometimes a person will use a certain excuse just because they don't want something, period. If you get a home, with land enough for a horse, remind him that you now have land and start saving money on your own for fencing, and eventually a horse, because he promised. If it doesn't look like you'll ever move, then start looking for a reputable place to board a horse, and then start saving some money to be able to leash a horse till you can move and eventually buy one...there are always ways to be involved in the horse world when you can't own! Hang out with horsey friends, shows, horse events, and just get plugged in so that when you are able to buy a horse, or lease one, you are all set to go... Please, please, please, don't let your husband stop you for the rest of your life...My husband was not going to let me get Pride either, when we first met, but I told him there were horses before him, there will be horses with him too...whether he liked it or not! You love horses, your husband may not, but he needs to get used to that fact that you love them and would like to become active in that 'world', and eventually own one, sooner than later.
Awesome advice! Right now I need to lose about 60 pounds, and the thing I envision when I'm at my goal is being able to mount a horse with no trouble. When that happens, I am going to do some riding with the youth group my kids are in, and then get in good enough shape to go on a horseback "vacation".
post #34 of 47
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That sounds like a great place to start! Good luck!!!
post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
I totally love horses, but can't own one until we win the lottery, LOL!

I especially want a Mustang!!!!
You know....horses aren't as expensive as people make them out to be. I found that out when I was young (I have to pay for Bonnet and all expenses myself). Sure they can be expensive to buy, but food isn't bad and care isn't terrible either (considering they don't get hurt). If you live somewhere with a lot of grass for majority of the year that's what their main diet consists of and it's free! They don't need suppliment unless they have health needs or they are a show horse. I buy a 50lb bag ($7) of oat/molassas/whatever pellets and that lasts me all summer. Bonnet gets that as a treat. One horse for the winter costs about $300 to feed, again that's not bad. And trimming their hooves is $20 when they need it. Usually 3-4 times a year depending on your horses hooves.

So...

$14 sweet feed
$100 trimming cost
$300 hay for winter
$60-100 for yearly vet checkup

Roughly $500-600 a year, not as bad as you thought was it?

It's when you have more than one horse that it gets to be quite expensive.....
post #36 of 47
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
You know....horses aren't as expensive as people make them out to be. I found that out when I was young (I have to pay for Bonnet and all expenses myself). Sure they can be expensive to buy, but food isn't bad and care isn't terrible either (considering they don't get hurt). If you live somewhere with a lot of grass for majority of the year that's what their main diet consists of and it's free! They don't need suppliment unless they have health needs or they are a show horse. I buy a 50lb bag ($7) of oat/molassas/whatever pellets and that lasts me all summer. Bonnet gets that as a treat. One horse for the winter costs about $300 to feed, again that's not bad. And trimming their hooves is $20 when they need it. Usually 3-4 times a year depending on your horses hooves.

So...

$14 sweet feed
$100 trimming cost
$300 hay for winter
$60-100 for yearly vet checkup

Roughly $500-600 a year, not as bad as you thought was it?

It's when you have more than one horse that it gets to be quite expensive.....
Hmmm...I think it's 200-300 a month here for boarding...
post #37 of 47
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
You know....horses aren't as expensive as people make them out to be. I found that out when I was young (I have to pay for Bonnet and all expenses myself). Sure they can be expensive to buy, but food isn't bad and care isn't terrible either (considering they don't get hurt). If you live somewhere with a lot of grass for majority of the year that's what their main diet consists of and it's free! They don't need suppliment unless they have health needs or they are a show horse. I buy a 50lb bag ($7) of oat/molassas/whatever pellets and that lasts me all summer. Bonnet gets that as a treat. One horse for the winter costs about $300 to feed, again that's not bad. And trimming their hooves is $20 when they need it. Usually 3-4 times a year depending on your horses hooves.

So...

$14 sweet feed
$100 trimming cost
$300 hay for winter
$60-100 for yearly vet checkup

Roughly $500-600 a year, not as bad as you thought was it?

It's when you have more than one horse that it gets to be quite expensive.....
Keep in mind, it's different in different parts of the country, even different fields have different grasses which may or may not be enough for your horse. It costs more like $500/winter for hay around here and that's not always the best. I used to pay about $8/bag of grain-- nothing fancy either. The grain was made at a local place too. Vet care is the same as your cat's vet care-- horses should have yearly checkups. That costs- a lot. For the vet to drive to the place I was keeping my horse, it cost me an $80 trip fee on top of whatever I needed him to do for my horse. Yes, some of these things sound like a $1 or 2 difference but it adds up.
post #38 of 47
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
Hmmm...I think it's 200-300 a month here for boarding...
Oooo.....I thought you lived in the country, yeah, that's a bit expensive!!!
post #39 of 47
My horse costs roughly $6k a year, but it's so worth it!
i board so i pay $375 mo (which is almost 1/2 as much as the neightboring barns, yet i have a beautiful fascility and wonderful Barn Manager)
then i usually buy extra hay for him to munch vefore and after rides so that's another $25 mo.
supps are about $30 mo depending on what i am doing
i do his hooves *that saves about $120 every 6 weeks and he mpoves better
Vet cost about $140 a year
and of course cookies, carrots, tack and other fun stuff
post #40 of 47
Great pictures.

... have always loved horses.
post #41 of 47
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Originally Posted by Petstorejunkie View Post
My horse costs roughly $6k a year, but it's so worth it!
i board so i pay $375 mo (which is almost 1/2 as much as the neightboring barns, yet i have a beautiful fascility and wonderful Barn Manager)
then i usually buy extra hay for him to munch vefore and after rides so that's another $25 mo.
supps are about $30 mo depending on what i am doing
i do his hooves *that saves about $120 every 6 weeks and he mpoves better
Vet cost about $140 a year
and of course cookies, carrots, tack and other fun stuff
Do you trim his hooves, or shoe him too?
post #42 of 47
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Do you trim his hooves, or shoe him too?
I trim my horses hooves; if I need shoes, I have a good farrier come out and do it...one who's not going to come out and mess up my horse's feet! I am going to get some 'hoof boots' for him though, sooner or later, just because I don't like the damage shoeing can do to a horse's feet, even if they are nice and hard; the nails and the constriction shoes put on them can really mess up the horse, especially when done improperly for accomodate for the horse's body and movement.
post #43 of 47
Eeeek here's my pony! I've had Cairo for 3 years, she's gonna be an old lady this year at 16. I wish she'd act like it sometimes! Hahahaha. She's a Thoroughbred mare, she's been a rescue, and passed hands a lot. I've come into contact with 3 of her previous owners, including her breeder. Of course the stories are never 100% straight, but she's turned out to be an amazing horse and I wouldn't trade her for anything! We do a lot of trail riding, and are into English Pleasure and Hunter Jumpers.
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Taken just before christmas with my sister's horse Dakota.


Just warming up in the roundpen. This one is from about a year ago, so you can see how much her tail has grown since this pic was taken. When I bought her it was above her hocks.


This was taken January 12th. It's too bad she wasn't going the other direction so you could see her awesome braids! This was at a schooling show showing in English Pleasure. She was such a good kid!
post #44 of 47
Adding the newest girl to this thread!

Jet is my 12 month old Paint cross filly



And I'll have one more to add later today!
post #45 of 47
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I think I am going to have to come horsey nap Jet...Lol!!!
post #46 of 47
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
Do you trim his hooves, or shoe him too?
I trim him, but he jumps 3'6" and does first level dressage barefoot, his feet are solid and he handles all terrain just fine. I have easyboot epics i put on him for trails just as a preventative.
Most horses do not need shoes, but unfortunatley many folks do not want to take the time to transition them and keep them in a healthy hoof environment.
post #47 of 47
I don't know that much about shoes, LOL.

I don't think that a lot of the horses we work with have shoes. A few for corrective purposes.
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