It's a lot I know I don't own a horse but it's definitely a lot I'd save about 10,000$ before you get your own horse and for starter you need tack you can get used for a much lower price brushes fly masks food supplements vaccines vet care farrier teeth filed show gear for you and the horse depending if you show you need a place to keep the horse if you're bording which can be at least 250 a month and that's just the tip of the iceberg
Well, first the initial price for the horse, plus a vet check $500, then trailering would could be $200, but it all depends how far it is. Then you have the farrier which is about $40 for a trim every 4-6 weeks or 6-8 depending on your horse. Then it's $160 to shod your horse on all fours. And then board would be about $350-400 for outdoor board per month. Right now, small squares cost about $6 per bale. And you should estimate your horse to go through a bale a day. "A bale per day, per horse" Then you got to add in routine vet work. I can't tell you how much it cost because it depends. Probably you'll need to grain your horse so you have to buy that and that price depends on what your horse needs. Then you have to buy all of your tack, and grooming supplies. You have to add in the cost of lessons, and if you're showing. That a basic rundown of it but there's still much more. It's very expensive for horses. You will be so broke that you'll have to live off of only the things you need. This is all in the Canadian dollar and DOES NOT cover all of what you need for your horse.
Six month supply of loose mineral supplement $30.00 or 0.17 per day
Salt block $14.00 or $0.04 per day
Two two cup servings of inexpensive concentrate per day $1.00
Farrier every six weeks at $35 per trim or $0.83 day
Dewormer every 3 months $0.20 per day
Dentistry once a year at $125 or $0.35 per day
Annual basic core vaccinations of rabies, tetanus, equine influenza, and other routine vaccines at $95.00 or $0.27 per day
Minimum cost per day to keep one horse is $5.01 per day or $1828.65 per year.
The costs quickly increase with:
feeding more expensive concentrates or supplements.
you have unexpected veterinarian bills
immunizing for other diseases such as West Nile Virus or Potomac Horse Fever.
a horse that requires shoes or special trimming
competing with your horse.
a horse that is ill or injured.
breeding your horse to produce a foal
rapidly rising fuel prices.
your normally good pasture is hit with drought or the price of feed is driven up by bad weather or other circumstances.
Boarding a horse can cost anywhere from $100 per month for pasture board, with no inside stabling to close to $1000 per month in barns with stalls, individual turn-out, arenas and other amenities close to urban areas.
You will also pay for extras such as farrier and veterinary care, special feeds or care such as removing and putting on blankets and fly masks. In self-care facilities, the monthly board is less expensive, but you will supply your own feed and bedding and travel to care for your horse daily.
One thing that really can throw your budget is unexpected veterinarian bills. The cost for off-hour calls can be very expensive and something like colic surgery can cost thousands or tens of thousands, depending on what procedures you choose to do. It's wise to think ahead and plan how you might cope with a large vet bill
Daily Horse Care
A visual check at very minimum once a daily, and more often if possible is essential. You'll want to check for any sign of injury, illness and check fences and other structures in your horse's home for damage that could cause problems. Of course, access to plenty of food of water is not to be neglected.
Provide your horse with fresh clean water. Clean, readily available water is essential for good horse care.
Provide your horse with adequate fodder and concentrates. If feeding hay, your horse will eat approximately 2% to 3% of its body weight every day.
Provide adequate shelter and blanketing according to the weather. The design of your shelter, whether run-in shed or stable is very important for proper care. Horses need a place to get out of the wind and wet.
Do a visual check for scrapes, cuts, bruises and puncture wounds on your horse's legs, head and body. Treat any injuries promptly. You should have a horse first aid kit on hand.
Do a visual check for signs of illness such as runny eyes or noses, or sounds of coughing or wheezing.
Clean your horse's hooves and check for bruising or cracks, or loose shoes.
Muck out the stall if your horse is stabled. Ammonia from urine and manure is harmful to horse's lungs and hooves and can cause problems like thrush.
Weekly Horse Care
There are a few things you should check weekly. Having adequate supplies on hand is important, as is looking after the small chores before they become big ones that no one wants to tackle.
Check the amount of concentrate, fodder and bedding on hand. Try to have at least two weeks supply on hand, so if there is an emergency you don't run short.
If you care for your horse on a small acreage, clean manure from paddocks (could also be done daily). This cuts down on flies, keeps the grounds clean for the same reason you'd clean a stall, and makes a nice environment for you and your horse.
Check fences for broken rails, loose wire, protruding nails, loose gates etc...that could cause injury.
Scrub out water trough and feed buckets. Built up concentrates on the inside of feed buckets can spoil, and troughs can get soiled with chaff, dirt and algae.
Horse Care Every Month
Do you board your horse?
If you board your horse at a stable make sure your board bill is paid on time.
Horse Care Every Six to Eight Weeks
Six weeks is a general guideline.
You'll get to know how often your horse needs its hooves trimmed or shoes reset. The important thing is to make sure it is done, so problems don't start.
Have your farrier in to trim hooves or re-set horseshoes. Leaving hooves to grow too long is hard on your horse's legs, and unhealthy for their hooves.
Every Two to Three Months
There's a lot of variance in de-worming schedules. Some people feed a daily dose of medication, some have a six week or nine week schedule. After the first hard frost, or once the fly season is over, you may also want to de-worm for bot fly larvae.
Administer de-worming medication. It's important to have a de-worming schedule to keep your horse healthy.
Once a Year Horse Care
The types and frequency of vaccinations you'll give your horse will depend on the diseases prevalent in your area.
Your veterinarian is the best resource to help you decide on a schedule.
Have teeth checked and floated by an equine dentist or veterinarian. Some horses may need checking and floating every six months.
Have immunizations administered by veterinarian.