reply to post by dr_strangecraft
I have to disagree with your cost quotations and I'm interested to know where you got your figures. I have 2 horses and don't pay anything near what
The grooming you do yourself. You can buy everything you need for grooming for $20 - $25.
It's not that much work to do your own grooming. You brush them every other day, which takes about 10 minutes tops. You have to clean their feet
everyday or every other day, that's about 15 min. tops and you have to feed them 2 times a day, that's another 10 min. total. And if you have a
large enough pasture, you don't need to walk them everyday, they will get exercise running around in the pasture if you have an acre or two.
If you get shoes, they need to be replaced about every 2 months, depending on how much you ride. That's $40 to $60 per horse, depending on who you
get to do the shoeing. The food is cheap - we go thru about 6 bags per month (with 2 horses) and each bag is about $10 per bag, at most and that's
for really, really good horse feed. Then there's hay which is about $10 a month for 2 horses. Worming every 3 to 4 months is $15 per horse per
treatment, so taht's about $120 per year at most. If you have enough land, they can just eat grass, supplemented with feed.
I bought a good used leather saddle last month for $70. If you buy used, it's not nearly so expensive or if you go to a horse auction, you can get a
good new leather saddle for about $80 to $150. We have a vet come out once a year to give our horses a Coggins test (necessary if you take the horse
off your land, at least in Tennessee). That's about $90.
I bought my one horse for $1,200 which was a little expensive in these parts, but he's a wonderful horse, smart, cooperative and no trouble. The
other horse was $400 and he's well-trained and a good, health young horse.
So if you add all of this up, for both my horses, it's about (at most) $113 per month total. If you don't put shoes on your horses, that saves about
$60 per month (horses hooves can get toughened if you ride them on pavement and do it the right way). You would save an extra $30 per month (again 2
horses) if you have grass and don't need to buy hay. So, for 2 horses for a year, it comes to $113 per month, IF you shoe and buy hay. That's only
$56.50 per month for one horse plus maybe $500 - $700 for a good horse, tops. It's best to have 2 horses, since they are herd animals and get
depressed if left alone.
You can't beat the cost of horses over cars, horses are far cheaper. And they live to generally about 30 to 35 years and can produce other horses so
you can sell them and make up the cost of keeping your horses.
Of course, if you live in Los Angeles, or some other big city, forget it unless you're a millionaire, it's way too expensive to keep a horse at a
stable, pay for grooming, feed, etc. But in the country, it's a great way to get around. Plus, there's the wondrous bond that you can form with your
horses, which is really something quite special. They're extremely smart and you can teach them to do all kinds of things.
If we ever run out of peak oil, I'm all set to ride my horses wherever I need to go.