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05-20-2014 10:09 PM
jaggirl47
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Originally Posted by LARHAGE View Post
Wow! I guess it's regional , but I'm in Southern California so it tends to be exspensive here as well, but there are a lot of places to board that are very reasonable as well, I ended up buying a couple of acres to keep my horses , I have a 6 stall barn and turnouts, and even with Alfalfa averaging 17-18 a bale and Orchard 23.00 I still don't pay outrageous amounts to feed. I have noticed though that the Hunter/Jumper/Dressage barns do charge significantly more for EVERYTHING ! So it's not inconceivable those prices, I know out here the Flintridge Riding Club is insanely exspensive , but it's where a lot of the Olympic Riders train. I'm thankfully into trail riding now and have acquired awesome Tennessee Walking Horses to ride so my expenses are way down.
Eventually we will be coming to California. My youngest wants to go the Grand Prix route so you know we will have to show at Thermal!
05-20-2014 10:06 PM
jaggirl47
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WOW!!!!! I have never paid anywhere near those prices!!!! I had my Arabians in some of the top show barns in the nation and board and training was combined at about 1000.00 a month and that included as many lessons as you needed. The OP in any event is just looking to have pleasure horses to ride in a field, I have 5 in my backyard that eat the very best hay and I buy shavings weekly, my bill for all 5 is barely 600 a month, I clean my own sheaths, do my own shots and learned to essentially treat my horses myself under the guidance of my vet, I only put shoes on my riding horses now. I have found in general, horses boarded at home are pretty reasonable, I just don't see all this vet work as being required yearly upkeep.
I could get it cheaper but you definitely get what you pay for around here. I would rather pay a little more for better care, better training, and top notch vet care. Plus, my pony requires certain yearly things to be done due to metabolic issues. I don't feel comfortable cleaning my pony's sheath so he gets it done at the same time as his teeth. That is also not something I would recommend for a new owner with no experience. Plus, I don't have horse property. Full care board for us!
05-20-2014 09:49 PM
faileh
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I have a horse. Owning a horse is not for the timid! There is as much to learn about horses as there is about GSDs. They require vet care twice a year (shots, etc). They need their feet attended to by a ferrier. They need de-worming. They will keep each other company -- no horse should ever live alone. They are frustrating and wonderful. They are crazy and noble. They are scardy-cats and brave. They are a pain and a joy.

Start your education with books, videos and websites. It would be best to find others in your area who have horses you can hang out with and learn. Find a trainer who will teach you how to ride YOUR horse. (It takes time to build the communication with an individual.)

There is absolutely nothing finer than having your horse in your back yard and 5 miles is pretty darn close!

So true! I've had horses since I was 7 (24 now). I totally agree with the above advice. They take quite a bit of exercise. I had to lunge my thoroughbred for an hour before even hopping on. Make sure you have an experienced rider/vet check them before hopping on. And ALWAYS wear a helmet. I'm here today because of one.
05-20-2014 09:47 PM
LARHAGE Wow! I guess it's regional , but I'm in Southern California so it tends to be exspensive here as well, but there are a lot of places to board that are very reasonable as well, I ended up buying a couple of acres to keep my horses , I have a 6 stall barn and turnouts, and even with Alfalfa averaging 17-18 a bale and Orchard 23.00 I still don't pay outrageous amounts to feed. I have noticed though that the Hunter/Jumper/Dressage barns do charge significantly more for EVERYTHING ! So it's not inconceivable those prices, I know out here the Flintridge Riding Club is insanely exspensive , but it's where a lot of the Olympic Riders train. I'm thankfully into trail riding now and have acquired awesome Tennessee Walking Horses to ride so my expenses are way down.
05-20-2014 09:32 PM
LoveEcho
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Originally Posted by LARHAGE View Post
WOW!!!!! I have never paid anywhere near those prices!!!! I had my Arabians in some of the top show barns in the nation and board and training was combined at about 1000.00 a month and that included as many lessons as you needed. The OP in any event is just looking to have pleasure horses to ride in a field, I have 5 in my backyard that eat the very best hay and I buy shavings weekly, my bill for all 5 is barely 600 a month, I clean my own sheaths, do my own shots and learned to essentially treat my horses myself under the guidance of my vet, I only put shoes on my riding horses now. I have found in general, horses boarded at home are pretty reasonable, I just don't see all this vet work as being required yearly upkeep.
A place I used to show at in CT charged $1500/month for board only! It was a nice facility with a lot of amenities, but it sure wasn't the Ritz Carlton......



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05-20-2014 09:20 PM
LARHAGE
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I absolutely love horses and have for my entire life. Both of my boys ride. We leased horses for around 10 months after a year of lessons and got a good taste of the costs. We have now owned our pony for 14 months.

The initial cost of the horse is nothing. That is the cheapest cost you will ever see. This is the monthly cost of mine:

Corrective barefoot farrier care $80
Board and partial train $850
Lessons for both kids $600
Supplements $60

That is the base cost every month for my family. However, our pony is now injured with torn check ligaments in both front legs so his boarding fee has gone down to $625 because he cannot train. His lameness exam, ultrasounds, and block to find the injuries came with a price tag of $1600. That does not include the treatment which is costing me another $600 on top for his shockwave therapy. The vet isn't charging me for the follow up ultrasounds that have to be done every 60 days until he is fully healed which would normally add another $200 every 60 days. Many vets don't do that.

We also are planning IRAP because our pony has stifle issues and bone spurs at C5/6. That is another $2500 to be paid before he can begin working again. We do not have the choice to do steroid injections because our pony was also diagnosed with Insulin Resistance and steroids greatly increase the risk of founder in IR ponies.

With the IR, in addition to the twice yearly shots ($275 each), sheath cleaning and dental ($450 annual), he has to have insulin and glucose blood draws twice a year, which averages another $200. Plus, pony is on 10,000mg of magnesium, plus supplements for selenium and many other vitamins and minerals to keep his insulin regulated and his diet IR friendly. We also cannot let him on grass at any time because his IR will cause him to have grass founder. He also cannot have any grain and his daily beet pulp has to be carefully measured, as does his hay.

I am not putting all of this down to scare you but if this is a hobby you want to take up, you need to fully research and understand, plus put big bucks aside and save. This is just the costs of care, not the costs of anything else extra you may want to do like showing. Then the costs get even higher.

WOW!!!!! I have never paid anywhere near those prices!!!! I had my Arabians in some of the top show barns in the nation and board and training was combined at about 1000.00 a month and that included as many lessons as you needed. The OP in any event is just looking to have pleasure horses to ride in a field, I have 5 in my backyard that eat the very best hay and I buy shavings weekly, my bill for all 5 is barely 600 a month, I clean my own sheaths, do my own shots and learned to essentially treat my horses myself under the guidance of my vet, I only put shoes on my riding horses now. I have found in general, horses boarded at home are pretty reasonable, I just don't see all this vet work as being required yearly upkeep.
05-20-2014 10:56 AM
jaggirl47
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SO COOL. It's so awesome that your boys are so into it and you're so supportive. What an amazing experience for them to meet him- was he as great a guy as he seems??
He was amazing! He came to the barn with a client to try out a jumper and took a good 30 minutes just to talk to my boys. My oldest one can be very timid and he spent time discussing his own fears at my son's age with riding and what he had to do to get past them. He was amazing and I will love him for life for that! Oh, and he posed for pics too
05-20-2014 10:49 AM
LoveEcho
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Plus, my boys were able to meet Greg Best at our barn. Yes, Greg Best, the 2 time Olympic Silver Medalist!
SO COOL. It's so awesome that your boys are so into it and you're so supportive. What an amazing experience for them to meet him- was he as great a guy as he seems??
05-20-2014 10:48 AM
jaggirl47 Plus, my boys were able to meet Greg Best at our barn. Yes, Greg Best, the 2 time Olympic Silver Medalist!
05-20-2014 10:45 AM
jaggirl47 We have the "in between" here as well but they are very questionable. We had a young rider transfer over from one of them and after a year and a half did not know what a posting diagonal was. She has now been at our barn for around 6 months and is doing excellent at w/t/c and has started jumping really tiny X's. It makes a HUGE difference here.
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