Should you have horses on your hobby farm? Owning horses is a wonderful thing. I have had horses in my life for over 17 years and I love it. Saying that they are a lot of work and they can cost a lot of time and money to take care of them. If you are thinking about having horses on your farm make sure it is not a impulse thought or a cute gift to a child.
I would suggest finding someone who already has horses and ask them if you can help out a few days with the daily maintenance and chores required when taking care of horses. Just putting the halter on the horse and leading him to the pasture can be challenging depending on each horse. Leading 1000lbs of muscle that could step on your foot or spoke and drag you 20 feet in a second is something you have to be aware of at all times.
How much do horses cost?
The cost of a Horse can range from free to $50K or more. It all depends on what kind of horse you are looking for, Breed and discipline. I personally ride in the dressage discipline. Dressage horses can be very expensive depending on the level they are trained at when they are purchased. If you are looking for a trail horse they can start from $500 to $5K depending on their age and training of the horse. Horses can also be found through rescue or adoption methods.
What are the Horse Disciplines
10 horse disciplines
- Combined Driving
- Trail horse
How much do horses cost month to own?
|Hay||$3.50 to $8.00 per bale||one bale each week|
|Grain||$10 – $40 per bag||Every 1-3 Months|
|Salt block, horse minerals supplements||$5-$25||Every 2 Months|
|Farrier||$50-$80 Trim – $150-$350 shoes||Every 6 to 8 weeks|
|Veterinary and Medicine||When needed|
|Bedding – Saw dust||$50||Month|
|Boarding||Free – $750||Month|
|Training||Free – $50-$120||Hour|
How much do horses cost a year to own?
The cost to own a horse per year would vary depending on many factors. It can cost $1000 to $8000 each year depending on the information in the table above. If you are keeping the horse at your hobby farm than you will save on the boarding.
How much does it cost to stable a horse per month?
Keeping a horse in a stable each month can range from $150 to $750 per month depending on where you live. The price of boarding will be higher the closer you are to the city, type of discipline of training the stable offers and what is offered in the boarding service. Full boarding stables can offer cleaning of the horse stalls, groom the horse and turn outs. Turn out, is where the horse is put outside in a paddock or grass field for half or full day.
What do I need to know about horse care
8 Things you will need taking care of your horse
- Learning horse care is a on going learning process you should never take for granted.
- Knowing what symptoms to look for for common horse issues, Colic, excessive sweeting
- Horses need a regular supply of food and water
- Horses need hoof maintenance or shoeing
- Horses need veterinary care
- Protection against parasites
- Shelter from the elements
- Exercise from riding or the ground
What you should be checking on your horse
Horses like all animals can not tell you when something is wrong. It is up the owner to observe anything out of the ordinary and take actions anytime something is not right.
7 Health tips to check the health of your horse
- Back issues A badly fitting saddle or poor riding technique can damage a horse’s back for the long-term
- Teeth – eating issues, horses teeth sometimes needed to be filed
- Ears, nose and eyes look for signs of discharge
- Coat, hair dull or losing hair or not losing winter hair
- Feet, horses stand most of the time, Keeping their feet in the best shape you can is imperative.
- Skin conditions
- Coughs and colds
What do I need to know before owning a horse?
- Horses are 1000lbs muscle
- They can be clumsy! I have been stepped on more than once, pushed, knocked in the head and licked
- Horses can spoke over nothing, think later after running you over
- When a horse spooks they want to stand where you are standing : )
- Even though they are big, they can get hurt very easy
- Horses need space
- They require a lot of time, cleaning stalls, grooming them, training them and loving them
- They can cost a lot of money to keep and maintain
- They need their hoofs trimmed or shoed every 6 weeks
- If ridden they will need a saddle, saddle pad, bridle
- Horse supplies brushes, soaps, halter, lead rope
- Amazing to ride and connect with
- They love a good brushing
- They love horse cookies
- You may fall in love with them
Me and my baby girl Isis, Friesian mare