• Leann

How much does a horse cost anyway?

Updated: Jul 15

Many of my clients have considered if and when they should purchase their own horse. They also wonder why riding lessons can be so costly and if owning their own horse might bring down the costs of their riding lessons. The answer to that question is: "that depends."


Unfortunately, the purchase and subsequent care of a horse is significant and needs to be thought through carefully. Riding lessons can be one of the less costly items when it comes to horsin' around. Consider the following list of typical expenses before taking the leap into horse ownership. Just like most great rewards, they come with big commitments!







Purchase price of suitable beginner horse ............................. $2,500 - $5,000

Annual cost of feed in the Okanagan area ............................. $1,400 - $2,000

Annual vaccinations and veterinary costs .............................. $200 - $500

Farrier costs for shoeing annually.......................................... $700 - $1,000

Board (feed not included) ...................................................... $2,000 -$3,000

Appropriate start-up equipment (saddle, brushes, etc. ......... $1,000 - $2,000

Annual Total............. $7,800 -$13,500


Or if you want to consider costs on a monthly basis some typical costs are as follows:


Monthly Board (no feed included)...................................... $175 - $235

Monthly Hay ..................................................................... $100 - $170

Monthly grain/supplies .................................................... $50 - $100

Hoof Triming/Shoeing (every 6-8 weeks) ......................... $50 - $180



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