Okay, first thing to know, Buying the horse is the cheapest part of it, it can be free, or it can cost 500,000, that will be the cheapest part of owning it.
Board runs from 200 to 1000 a month depending on where you board, and what services you want. Like feeding, cleaning thier stalls, feeding suppluments, turn out, hot walking, grooming, training, blanketing.
Blanket and horses do need blankets, cost from 30 for a sheet to 200 for a heavy weight, most people only choose to buy a heavy weight for cold conditions if they live in them, and only use the blankets in the winter, but people who are going to show thier horses, need a sheet for day use spring days/fall days, light weight blanket for night and fall/spring use, fly sheet to prevents the sun from bleaching thier coats in the summer and to keep the flies off, Mid weight blankets for fall/winter/spring and heavy weight blankets for winter/fall nights/spring nights
You also need a cooler for when you bathe a horse in colder conditions or after you have a hard ride and your horse is sweating really badly and its a colder day/evening.
You can get away with a cheap western saddle most of the time, but not a cheap english saddle because theire not comfortable and can put you in an awkward position. Western saddles run from 200 to 10K depending on if your just riding or if your showing and what level your showing at.
English saddles the good ones cost from 400 to 1200. You need mulitple pads for both, one every day use and one for special use like a gymkhana or show for showing you need navajo blankets to cover the pad, english you need multiple so you can wash one and use one, and a white show pad.
You need a show bridle for both english and western, its cheaper in english but is way more expensive in western. Your horse also needs sport boots for leg support. Those cost alot too, from around 30 bucks to 250 bucks a pair. Arabian tack for show generally is harder to find, and costs more, I own an Arabian myself so I've experienced just how hard it is to find stuff to fit them, and arabian show tack.
Show horses are clipped and clippers cost alot of money for good ones, blade sharpening, and oil/coolant for clippers.
if your showing your horse is going to need coat suppluments, joint suppluments.
Your horse also need to be wormed from every month to every three to four months depending on where you live.
If your riding your horse, it needs shoes, "if you use em then you shoe em"
Generally for me, it cost around 300 a month for board, worming, and supplument upkeep, but thats becuase I get a discounted rate for doing work for myself and other chorse around the barn, if I didnt the board alone would be 450. On months my horse need vaccinations, I save money by giving them myself but dont do this if you dont know how and dont have the experience, it generally costs about 100 extra every time theres a vaccine month otherwise you need to take your horse to the vet and have them do it, or have hte vet come to you, and that cost from 100 to 200 bucks extra.
Shows cost around 300 alone in fees and classes every show, trailering generally costs 100 if you have someone else do it.
Hope this helps!
Answered By: Random29326 - 8/9/2010