Items

Forums
How Much Will Your Horse Cost You in 2018
 By Saferaphus   •   30th Jul 2018   •   168 views   •   0 comments


About four years ago, I wrote an article about how much it costs to keep a horse. Prices rarely drop, so what can we expect to pay to keep a horse over the next year. Hereís a look at some basic costs.

Hay
One of the biggest expenses horse owners face is buying hay. Again, hay prices can fluctuate wildly and a lot of different factors affect the price. A bad year for hay ó too wet or dry, can cause prices to skyrocket. You can expect the price of hay to at least double in midwinter, compared to the cost of the same hay bought off the field in summer. Gas prices affect hay so that affects the cost of harvesting and shipping.

The value of other crops affects hay prices. It may be more profitable for farmers to grow a different crop like corn, soy or canola, so supplies become more scarce. Milk prices can affect hay prices since the hay that is fed to dairy cattle is pretty much the same hay that horse owners value. Even demand from other countries can affect hay prices at home.

Small bales may be more costly than large bales because there is more handling involved. And, buying in one large quantity can be more cost effective than buying small amounts as you go through the year.

For those in the U.S. you have a good guideline for pricing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hay Reports break down the forage prices by state. Elsewhere, horse owners will have to ask growers their price. But, as an example, premium hay sells for about $200 USD per ton. Horse owners can expect to pay a bit more, especially if buying in small quantities. So you might expect a low average to be about $5 per small bale or around $30 to $40 for a large round bale. The price can easily be much higher, however. The hay harvest for the 2018 season has just started as I write this, and much will depend on what mother nature has in store for us over the summer months. But letís use the low average, feeding about a half a bale a day to our smallish pleasure riding horse. Thatís a cost of 2.50 per day.

Grain and Supplements
Like hay, grain prices can be affected by many factors. A bag of pelleted feed weighing just under 50lbs costs me about $30. How long it lasts depends on the amount fed of course, but letís say we are only feeding as a supplement, rather than to put on weight, increase stamina or for growth. A bag then will last about three weeks. That comes to about $38 a month.

Salt is still cheap. A simple bag or block can be bought for about $15 although youíll pay more for the fancy type. Basic mineral mixes can cost about $20 and last for months. If youíre feeding something like a hoof growth supplement, expect to pay a lot more.

Farrier
Youíd have difficulty finding a farrier that will trim for less than $30 and many charge $50 or more. And shoeing fronts will cost at least $150. That means a low average for farrier work will cost you at least $30 every six or seven weeks but will easily cost more.

Deworming
Iím hopping mad that where I live, you will not be able to buy deworming medication off of the shelf shortly. That cost was about $15 for a tube of deworming paste. Deworming will now be done under the supervision of a veterinarian ó and so far the cost is unknown. In the U.S. you can buy deworming paste for about $10 and youíll probably use it a minimum of 3 times a year.

Dental Work And Vaccines
Your horse will need dental work about once a year. Some need more. You can still count on about $150 for this service. The price of vaccinations hasnít gone up drastically recently. You can still count on about $125 a year for this.

So letís look at the totals using the lowest averages:

Hay (low average): $915
Grain and Supplements: $456
Farrier: $260
Deworming: $30
Dental: $125
Vaccines: $125
============================
Total: $1911

What do you think? Does this reflect what you are paying? Are you able to spend less? Or, are you faced with much higher costs?
Horse News More PB Articles About:  Cost,
Horse News More In This Category:  General      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
 More News by Saferaphus
Drama Free Horse Boarding
20th Sep 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Itís pretty bad when stables start actually advertising that they are drama-free. But much gossip and drama can be avoided by simply being upfront when you have a problem. Cryptic notes written on the blackboard and snide remarks ...
Online Horse Courses
16th Sep 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Some horse courses are free. But, you get what you pay for, for the most part. With any online purchase, even courses, youíll want to check the credentials of the institution offering it and spend some time researching reviews by ...
2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Hurricane
11th Sep 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The 2018 WEG is set to begin September 11, 2018 near Mill Springs, North Carolina. But, a weather emergency threatens the games. At this point, it's not known what the exact track of the hurricane will be, or how intense the storm ...
Buying The Perfect Pony
8th Sep 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Pity the poor parent, not already in the horse world, that wants to buy their child a pony. A good number will just go buy the first pony they come across, perhaps one thatís been languishing in someoneís cow pasture for several y ...
How To Make Money With Horses
6th Sep 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Lots of the jobs in the horse industry are lower paying, minimum wage or slightly higher. But there are jobs that will bring you a much higher wage. Most of them will require college, university or an apprenticeship, and perhaps s ...
Horse Mounted Martial Arts
1st Sep 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Two separate skills are needed for mounted martial arts; horseback riding and mastery of the weapon that is being used, whether that be a spear, bow, sword or other weapon. For the most part, horses are guided using the leg aids ...
Buying a Carousel Horse
29th Aug 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Even though I had a pony at home, I always wanted to ride on carousels, or merry-go-rounds and those mechanical horses that used to be beside the doors of every department and grocery store. A ride was rare however, because I did ...
Preventing Equine Obesity
25th Aug 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses that are overweight are more likely to suffer health problems than horses that are on the lean side. Generally, you want to be able to feel, but not quite see your horseís ribs. There shouldnít be fat pads on either side of ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
 
©2002 - 2018   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
371 Members Online 240,286 Registered Members 2,473 News Articles 10,292,846 Unique News Article Views 224,707,042 Website Views