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How much does a horse cost each month?


I was thinking about getting a horse from a friend im not sure what kind it is but it isn't even born yet and I was just wondering about what the cost would be a month.

Thank you,


Re: How much does a horse cost each month?

Hello Malia,

Owning and taking care of a horse will cause a significant dent in your wallet. You need to be prepared for a number of expenses before taking on this responsibility.

Assuming you have proper housing, fencing, and enough land, you will also need to consider the following:

* Hay -- to be available at all times
* Supplemental feeds
* Vitamin/mineral supplements or supplements for special needs
* Worming program (either daily or every 2 to 3 months)
* Hoof trimming by a qualified farrier (every 6 to 8 weeks)
* Vaccinations (every 6 months)
* Dental exams (every 6 to 12 months)
* Grooming equipment
* Tack – halter, bridles, bits, saddles, pads, etc., etc., etc.
* Veterinarian visits! Horses get themselves into all kinds of predicaments!
* Transportation – if you plan on transporting them places, you will need a horse trailer – a major investment.
* Another horse! Horses are herd animals and they need at least one more buddy to feel secure.
* Time! They need to be fed 2 to 3 times a day, consistently. They need to have a clean environment, which requires daily cleaning their stalls to remove manure and urine. They need consistent attention and grooming. They need exercise.

(Forum members -- did I forget anything?!)

The cost of these items can add up quickly. And, your costs will vary from month to month as you need to do various things (vaccinations, farrier, etc.).

Horses are wonderful animals. I would never be without them. But, they take a serious commitment of your time, energy, and funds. Horses can live for thirty years or more. So, you are wise to ask questions before taking on this responsibility.

All the best,

Dr. Getty