Horse hay ring
T Post Treated Wood Post, 4/5 x 8 ft.
Treated Wood Post, 5/6 x 8 ft
Treated Wood Post, 6/7 x 8 ft.
1-1/4 in. Galvanized Fence Staple
T-Post Clips, Pack of 50
The Clip Bender 1 Fencing Tool
Panels for round pin
Panels for feeding corral
Fly spray for horses
Liquid warmer for horses
We also need Veterinarians, Farriers and Equine Dentists to volunteer their services. Every dollar we save on these services can be put toward feeding the horses, mules and donkeys.
(We also accept donations of items we can sell. Thanks for your support.)
Startup Costs - $1,000
Buying a horse is the cheapest thing you will ever do as a horse owner. Before you get your horse home, you'll need tack to move it around, safe fences to contain it, a three-sided shelter to protect it, a round pen to work it, buckets to feed it, grooming supplies, feed, a reliable hay supply.
Feed - $1,500/year
An average horse weighs about 1,100 pounds and needs 1.5 to 2.5% of its weight in hay and grain, every day. A 50-pound bag of grain costs about $15. Depending on whether your horse has access to pasture, plan to spend at least $1,000 a year. The better the feed, the more you pay.
Hoof Care - $800/year
Unless you know how to trim and shoe a horse, you'll need to pay a farrier to check your horse's feet every 6-8 weeks. While many owners think this is optional - it's not. A farriers can run $35 to $50 for bare feet. If your horse needs shoes, plan to pay more than $100.
If you're blessed and your horse is in good health and not prone to accidents (Ha!), you'll average about $500 per year on preventive care like checkups, sheath cleaning (geldings), vaccines, de-worming and dental work. For each emergency, double your annual cost.
Boarding - $6,000/year
If you have your own land and safe shelter, plan on spending about $800 a year for upkeep. The cost to board a horse can run anywhere from $250 a month to $1,000, depending upon your expectations. On average, you'll probably pay $400 a month for access to hay, pasture and grain.
Training - $700/month
Depending on your level of experience, you might want to hire a professional trainer to help you learn your new horse. (We highly recommend it.) If a trainer takes your horse for 30 days, expect to pay between $400 and $700. By the hour, they charge $35 to $50.
Average cost to care for a horse per year