How much would it cost me to keep a horse?

Lately I've been looking at a really nice Pony of the Americas gelding (could possibly be registered as a quarter pony), and I've been wondering about how much it would cost me for upkeep should I decide to buy him. He's about 13.5 hands tall, if not less, and a really nice pony, stocky but not chubby. My plan is to board him at a nearby stable, which would be about $155 (american) per month. At the moment he is $2500, broke to ride, but still pretty green. Is there anything I should know? If I board him, it does come with feed, but would there be any other costs I should know about? and how much would regular vet services be (approximately), excluding accidents, etc.? - actually, I am pretty experienced with horses, and it's not like I can't afford it, it's more along the lines of: I live in the city and haven't been able to own my own horse before. So obviously I want to make sure that I'm not going to be spending my college money on it in the end...if that makes sense o.O *edit* Eeep. Yes, when I said 13.5 hands I meant 13 and a half. Not thinking straight, sorry. More details should help out...:P I'm 4 ft. 11 inches tall, no, I do not expect to grow much taller. I'm asking how much this is going to cost me because I want to make sure it's not going to go over my head. Fortunately I have a pretty high income, so I'm sure I can cover it. The question is more out of curiosity than worry. Secondly, I do have quite a bit of experience with horses, and if I were to board my pony at the farm he's at right now, I can also get help from the head trainer there (a friend). He's only a little green; mainly the tack, vet, food, and farrier is what I need to think about right now, not the training. Tack, I'm sure, I have covered, but I do need to know the usual prices for checkups, West Nile vacc., etc. etc. Hope that helps y'all...

Asked By: - 7/17/2006
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First feed...we have 3 horses plus 4 on pasture. The 3 we have up close eat 6 120 pound bales of hay a week @ $10.00 a bale, plus grain @ $8.50 a 50# sack every 2 weeks, unless they are being ridden really hard, then it goes up to a 50# sack a week, and during the winter they get fed more to help them stay warm...then... More
Answered By: skye - 7/17/2006
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how should i know srry bout that
Answered By: kira - 7/17/2006
Answered By: ellencalvo - 7/17/2006
ALOT of $chaching
Answered By: syd - 7/17/2006
well all all horses cost a lot they cost abt13-1009 dallars trust me i no
Answered By: maggiequa85 - 7/17/2006
maybe a 100 a week
Answered By: pirates&puppies&sports-oh my! - 7/17/2006
If you have to ask how much it would cost to keep a horse, hon, i doubt you can truly afford it..........horses and most livestock have high feed and vet bills.......maybe something a bit smaller, like a shetland pony? sharon from oHIo
Answered By: Sharon T - 7/17/2006
Coggons test is required once a year, that is about $100 If you aren't experienced you shouldn't try training a green animal Shoing is another cost Horse treats :)
Answered By: Rachel V - 7/17/2006
you will have to have shoes put on him every 6 to 8 weeks, that can run about $75 (what I pay) every trip, your vet bills can run from around $25 plus what ever the ranch call is to way up into the hundreds of dollars depending on what is done. You will need wormings, teeth floatings, shots. You might check to see if... More
Answered By: Just Me - 7/17/2006
well, ok, there are very much costs, that will come to you. all right, you said $155 for the stable (incl. fodder?) if not, take another $100... then the vet has to come regular (i don´t know, what a vet would cost in USA, but here in Germany, it is the most expensive), then your horse needs horseshoes, so there are... More
Answered By: eveline - 7/17/2006
It is very expensive to keep a horse. You have to consider a lot of things, everyday care. Your boarding is cheap enough, but 2500. for a green broke pony is ridiculous! Don't forget tack, Vets, required yearly permits and shots, worming, winter feed , summer feed, if no pasture, The daily care is about like raising a... More
Answered By: sue m - 7/17/2006
I would have to say as the old cliche goes "if you ask you can't afford it". Horses can be a very expensive proposition. You have the feed, boarding,vet, groomer, ect. The best advice I can give is search out riding stables in your area. There are places I've heard of where you can "sublet" a horse in return for paying... More
Answered By: carla22258 - 7/17/2006
as far as vet expenses go it depends on your vet. i had to give a horse that i bought the 4way vaccine, west nile booster, and a sedative plus the vets fee and it came to a littl under $200. a tube of worming paste is about $13. if he has to have any work done on him it will depends on the vet work. Shoes for one horse... More
Answered By: daniellagiovanni - 7/17/2006
Depends... More
Answered By: Becky D - 7/18/2006
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