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How Much Does a Horse Cost?

 
average costMedium: $1,000-$4,000high costHigh: $2,500-$8,000
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The price of horses varies according to what they will be used for--Trail Riding, Rodeo/barrel racing or English jumping--and how much training the animal has. The basic rule of thumb is the more training and experience a horse has, the more it will cost.

Typical costs:

  • Trail riders often choose Quarter Horses[1] which can cost $1,000-$4,000 or saddle mules[2] (half horse and half donkey), which run $1,000-$3,500.
  • Quarter horses are also used for rodeo/barrel racing or working cattle, along with Arabians and Thoroughbreds. These trained animals average $2,500-$7,000, but exceptional animals cost a great deal more.
  • English jumping riders chose Thoroughbreds and other breeds which can start under $2,000 but often run $3,500-$8,000.
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Additional costs:
  • Horses need hay which can run around $40 per month. Many simple trail horses subsist on hay alone--usually a mix of oat and alfalfa hay. Grain can run about $20-$40 per 50-pound sack.
  • Tack--necessary riding equipment--includes a saddle, bridle, halter and saddle pad and runs $400-$1,500, depending on the quality and style.
  • Buckets and grooming supplies can cost around $50-$100.
  • Stabling or boarding starts at $50 per month in areas where pastures are available year round, and goes up to $500 monthly for inside stalls and arena time. Horses are measured by the "hand." Stalls sizes vary from 8x8-foot pony stalls to 12x12-foot stalls for horses 17 hands and taller.
  • Common Veterinary costs include the Farrier (horseshoer) which runs $25-$100 every six weeks; hoof trimming, for $12-$75 and shots, for $10-$95 per dose. Rhiomine and loose mineral supplements run $25 every six months. Plan to spend $50-$250 for an emergency or unscheduled vet call Equine dental care can cost up to $150 and is needed twice a year.
Discounts:
  • Pawn shops sometimes sell tack at discount prices.
  • Many people offer their older horses free to good homes, but expensive veterinary bills can start to run up.
Shopping for a horse:
  • The United States Equine Rescue League, Inc. rescues and places horses around the country. An adoption application is available online.
  • Horse associations like the National Quarter Horse Association[3] and Arabian Horse Association[4] list member breeders with horses for sale.
  • Equisearch.com offers an online list of horses for sale[5] by breed and location.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Rescue horses
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Chantelle Murray in Winnfield, LA.Posted: April 14th, 2019 11:04AM
Breed: ArabianBreeder: Unknown
I myself went with 3 rescues.all three were facing slaughter. Bail and board came to just under $900 each.utd coggins each run me about $300 a year for vet and vaccines. Hay $50 8/10 bails. X2 a month.rice bran $9 a big bag. $8 sweetfeed ×6 a month. Beet pulp $15 50lb bag ×2 monthly.avermec dewomer $7 every 90 days.i do my farrier work, training, working on my own. Sure i for got a few things. But dont think because i only paid under $1000 that i got unhealthy or problem horses. Fact is they are all gaited. All Arabians all well mannered.
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Disagree with this article
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Guinevere Alexandra Johnson in Poolesville, MD.Posted: September 8th, 2018 12:09PM
Breed: MultipleBreeder:
I can not speak for other disciplines, but I ride hunter/jumper around the DC area. The average price for an average hunter/jumper is around 15-25k. 8k is low and if its lower than that there is probably something wrong with the horse. Many of the better horses I have ridden or competed against can go up to 100k or more. Also, I am a huge fan of Thoroughbreds, but they are not the horse of choice for most jumpers and definitely not most hunters.
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Horses are much more expensive than this in California
Amount: $8,200.00
Posted by: Debra Bigger in San Diego, CA.Posted: October 26th, 2017 04:10PM
Breed: MFTBreeder: MO bred
The initial $ for the horse is the least of the expenses. The years of paying vet bills, boarding, GOOD farriers, supplements and ultimately, geriatric horse extras, like joint injections, etc. add up. They get flu, colic, and get arthritis and get old just like we do. It's not pretty to see an owner "cheap out," on an aging companion after it has dragged his/her butt all over the countryside for years. Think hard before you do this. I advised my family to half lease until the fever passes. Most kids give it up pretty quickly. Its a LOT of work.
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Don't pay attention to this article
Amount: $65,000.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Orlando, FL.Posted: February 5th, 2015 01:02PM
Breed: OldenburgBreeder:
These numbers are wayyyyy off. Although I have a really nice show jumper, even someone wanting a backyard horse need to understand that these numbers are bogus. Owning a horse is a HUGE responsibility physically, emotionally, time wise and financially. It takes years and years to learn how to properly care for a horse unless the horse is boarded with a professional. (Over 1k/ mo for a decent facility. Also, beware of "professionals". Many trainers claim to know what they are doing but very few do. Lastly, even with years of experience regarding proper equine care, unless your horse is insured, make sure you have very deep pockets. If you take on a horse, it's only fair to be able to pay for anything and everything that could happen. (And WILL happen). Not being able to afford proper vet/farrier/dental care is not an excuse when a horse gets sick or hurt. If you pay the above amts for any breed, even a backyard quarter horse, you are buying a horse with physical and or behavioral probs.
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1 Horse
Amount: $6,500.00
Posted by: LilyBoo7 in Castle Rock, CO.Posted: March 2nd, 2013 11:03PM
Breed: AppendixBreeder: Not sure
Per month: Board ($350), grain ($25), farrier ($50), vet ($50), and show fees ($25). $500 a month, or about 5,000 a year. It's not cheap!
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Horses\' cost
Amount: $21,000.00
Posted by: Brandyb3 in Beaver Dam, WI.Posted: July 13th, 2012 03:07PM
Breed: AQHA/APHABreeder:
I have a yearling qh filly and a 6yo APHA mare. Purchase costs were $1200 as a weanling and $2800 for the 6yo. Hay is about $5/small bale x a bale a day, grain $18.90 x 1 1/2 bags/mth. Board is $100/each outside. Farrier is $30/trim each every 5 weeks. Vet for coggins, $45/each. Teeth float is $75ish/each. Do shots myself, $25/each. I know I'm forgetting things.
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Horses
Amount: $2,720.00
Posted by: a user in Norco, CA.Posted: May 15th, 2011 12:05PM
Breed: Quarter HorseBreeder:
$2720! That is how much I will be spending on a broodmare. She will be used for trail riding, pleasure, barrel racing, and maybe I'll breed her later on. She will cost $1500 or maybe less and she will be boarded. To me, thats a lot of money and time! However,I'm sure she will be worth it!
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Half a horse
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: kathie659 in Shavertown, PA.Posted: October 24th, 2010 04:10PM
Breed: GradeBreeder:
$150.00 a month In my area - you can lease a horse or the right to ride 50% of the time. It is an inexpensive alternative to buying/boarding a horse and with our busy lifestyle actually makes more sense then a "full time" horse.
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Misinformation
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: bearxfoo in Belleville, MI.Posted: August 12th, 2008 09:08PM
Breed: Tennesee Walking HorseBreeder: myself
I'd just like to say that this website is a little misinformed. For one, english riders do NOT use Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH) for jumping. TWH are "gaited" horses, meaning they do NOT do the normal walk/trot. They do what's called a flat-walk and running-walk and very different looking canter. Saddleseat however DOES use TWH and other gaited breeds, and also Saddlebred's are very popular. English riders, including hunter/jumpers, show jumping, and cross country, use Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Warmbloods and a mix of those breeds. Freisians are popular in dressage, as well as draft mixes, and arabians. Appendix QH's are popular in barrel races. Trail riders LOVE gaited horses, but you also see a large mix of breeds, from drafts, to morgans, QH's and saddlebreds. But TWH are not used for jumping as they would not get the proper strides before a jump due to their unique gait.
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Horses
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Elizabeth Davison in Grand Ledge, MI.Posted: February 10th, 2008 06:02PM
Breed: idkBreeder: Elizabeth Davison
i love horses i have had a total of 5 horses all different kinds
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