How much does a horse cost anyway?

July 15, 2014

 

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 ............................. $1,800

Annual vaccinations and verterinary costs ............................. $300

Farrier costs for shoeing annually............................................ $700

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

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

 

                                                                       Total............. $8,300 -$11,800

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