Monday, July 16, 2012

Do you dream of moving to the country and owning a horse ?

What does it really cost to own a horse? Can you afford to own a horse? If you're thinking about entering the world of horse ownership, it's time to take a look at your budget. The initial purchase price is often a drop in the bucket compared to the everyday costs of caring for a horse. Things to Remember Boarding vs. at-home horsekeeping. Boarding may appear to be the more expensive, less desirable option. However, if you're a first-time owner, having an experienced barn manager to help you take care of your horse is invaluable. If you travel frequently, boarding may be preferable over trying to hunt down a barn sitter every time you leave town. Hay, grain and bedding. These expenses are often included in full board, but some boarding stables will require you to purchase your own. Hay costs vary widely across the country. If you're not sure what hay costs in your area, ask horse owners or check local ads. Vaccinations Range in price you will need to check with your local large animal or equine vet for pricing. Farm Calls Dont forget if your horse gets sick or is injured most vets will pay farm calls but you can pay dearly out of pocket especially if its an emergency. Coggins test. If you travel with your horse for any reason, you will probably need a new Coggins pulled each year. If you travel across state lines, you may need a new one every six months. If your horse never leaves your property, you will likely only need one every two or three years. Regulations vary by state, so consult your vet. Of course then there are your basic needs: Water Electricity Shelter ( dont have a barn then you will have to build a good sturdy shelter ) Farrier ( every 2 mo recommended ) and dont forget about shoes ! Transportation ( do you have a trailor or access to one ). Saddles, blankets and oh so much tack ! Disposals etc.. There is so much to think about before you venture into the land of owning horses.

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