The 3 Cs of horse ownership
A quick overview and guide to preparing for your first horse!
Lets start with the actual financial aspect of buying and owning a horse. They are expensive animals, but there are SO many reasons why they are worth the money spent! Lets see if its possible for you.
For the average horse owner with no competition aspirations, you can find a good horse easily under $5,000. Most of the time under $2,500. On average our rescue horses are $300-$1,000.
Basic: Vaccinations for 1 year will be around $150-$200, dental work is $200 each year, dewormer is around $25 a year.
Emergency: In an emergency such as colic, major injury, or prolonged illness you can quickly bring up a vet bill in the range of $1,000-$5,000.
8 week schedule x one year. Barefoot: $65/visit. $390/year. Front shoes: $115/visit. $690/year.
Some large facilities can offer pasture board for as low as $200 a month, and a full care stall/paddock be around $500. Hensley Ranch prices are $300-$425.
Basic: Halter/lead($20-$30), grooming tools($20-$30), saddle/pad($250$600), bridle/bit($40-100), first aid($20-$30).
Optional/dependent on horse: boots, blanket, fly mask/sheet, lunge line, bareback pad. Another $100-$250
Helmet, boots(riding and muck), pants, shirts, jacket, gloves. As a rider, most of this
stuff you probably already have, but these items will wear out and need to be replaced the more you are with the horse.
It is very helpful and highly recommended to take consistent lessons with your new horse so that you both can get off to a good start and properly bond.
We just went over the actual costs of owning the horse and now you want to think of the commitment behind it.
How much time do you have to care for and visit your new horse?
Can you go to the barn 13 days a week, 35, or 57?
Deciding how much time you have to spent will help you choose the right horse. Some horses are fine with minimal riding, and others need lots of exercise.
You will also have to make time for vet and farrier visits, and potential emergencies.
College, job change, moving, having kids? It helps to think ahead to any major life changes that may come up in the future, and how that will affect your horse ownership. It can take time to sell or rehome a horse if you are no longer able to keep it.
Once you have decided you have the time and money to purchase a horse, lets confirm you are mentally and physically prepared for the hands on care.
Horses need to be checked and get a basic grooming at least every other day to make sure they are healthy and injury free. At a boarding facility there is often staff to check on your horse daily. They should receive a deep grooming once a week or more.
For both the physical and mental health of your horse you should plan to ride or do ground work on a consistent schedule. Some horses need more exercise, and some need less, but the more time spent with your horse, the happier they will be! Training: There may be time where a training issues with you or your horse will surface. That can take extra time to address and work on the behavior. You will want to stay committed to keeping your horse a well behaved and happy equine!