If you have owned an animal – any animal, you will no doubt be aware that they can cost money. Not all cost the earth but trust us when we tell you that horses are among the more expensive to own. Ponies are often admired by children; it looks such fun, saddling them up and riding. Without any doubt, this is true and horses are beautiful animals – but the $64,000 (sometimes literally!) is “Are they practical pets?” Furthermore, should you get one?
The answer will depend on several factors and one of the most prevalent that most budding horse owners will face, especially children, is the cost of ownership. Horses are They’re obviously large animals and large animals eat a lot! So how much does it cost to own a horse?
Like most things, the answer can vary depending on things like where you live, where the horse will be kept, what kind of horse you are buying and more. The cost of owning a horse is more than simply purchasing the animal – you will need to take in to account things housing it, the food, health care and more – to name just a few.
The costs can be as little as $500 right up to $100,000s depending on your budget and in some cases you may be able to find a horse in need of a home for free. If you are very specific about a certain look or type of breed then the cost will likely increase.
Where will your horse live?
Now you have bought your horse the next consideration is where to keep it and on what basis. If you wish to keep it at home you will likely need at least a couple of acres of fenced-in land with adequate barn space.Depending upon the services provided, boarding can cost several hundred dollars per month or more. Horses usually eat a lot and often require various vitamins and supplements which means you can count on spending over $100 each month on food. If you feed your horse grains, that amount can be even higher!
Shoeing your horse
Hooves need to be checked and trimmed by a specialist called a Farrier and this will need to be done between every 4 and 8 weeks. Simple trims can cost as little as $25 but complete shoeing can easily approach $100.
From teeth cleaning (usually annually) to vaccinations, horses require a variety of services that can add $300 (or a LOT more) to your annual horse care budget.
Riding supplies and equipment
These “riding items” can include equestrian clothing, bridles, bits and brushes. The American Quarter Horse Association estimates these expenses can approach as much as $2,000.The American Association of Equine Practitioners estimates the minimum annual cost of owning a healthy horse — not including stabling costs — to be at least $2,500. Other horse-related organizations estimate that figure to be at least $3,600.UK COSTS
With all of the above taken in to account, millions of people find ways to own their own horse and horse lovers will tell you they are worth every cent. Whether they are indeed “affordable” and “worth the money” is a question only you can answer!