Question by ♥Melissa♪: How much on avergage to own a horse?
Im Looking to own a horse pretty soon
I know all the basics for horse care,and proper
shelter and all that but
About how much should I expect to pay
for feed,and Accessories
also what is the best way to buy
feed,in smaller or larger amounts?
Im not sure about vet care tho,
are there any requirements to owning a horse in
that way,and what are the average cost for vet bills?
I only want one horse because it is my first
but do horses do better alone or with a buddy?
Answer by KellyO
My first question to you is – how much hands on experience do you have with horses? Before you buy a horse, I’d urge you to (1) take some riding lessons at a local stable; and (2) start by leasing a horse first. Owning a horse is very, very expensive and time consuming.
As a general rule, a horse needs 2 to 2.2 pounds of feed for every 100 pounds of body weight. For example, an average 1000 lb horse would need 20 to 25 pounds of feed a day. Most of that should be hay. Call your local feed store and get a price on the best hay you can afford.
Some horses do fine on just hay while others need additional grain. Some will need supplements as well as hay may not provide all the nutrients they need.
The vet will need to come out 2x year to do vaccinations or you will need to buy the vaccinations and do them yourself.
Your horse will need to have his teeth floated every 1-2 years. This is usually done by a vet.
For information on cost, call the vet you plan to use and ask what they will charge for vaccinations/teeth floating. Ask what their basic call charge is as well because every time the vet comes out, you will get charged for it.
You will need to buy a dewormer for your horse and administer it 6x year on a rotational basis.
The farrier will need to come out every 6-8 weeks. At a minimum, your horse’s hoof will need to be trimmed. If he must wear shoes, that’s an additional expense. Some horses need special shoes so that’s even more of an expense.
Your horse will need some sort of bedding in the shelter – straw, shavings, pellets. You will need to have some place to deposit the soiled bedding and manure, as well as the manure you will routinely clean up from his pasture.
Bedding, hay, etc. are all a bit cheaper if you buy them in larger quantities, but you must have some place to keep them. Hay will get moldy if not stored properly and mice/rats can get into the grain if not kept in a safe place.
Horses are herd animals and they definitely do best with another horse. However, some horses do OK alone or with a goat or donkey as a buddy.
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