Date Last Revised:
21-Oct-2009 15:36

Running Free - A Wild Horse Tale

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Horse Budget

How Much does it Cost to Own a Horse?

Overview of Horse Cost

The initial expense of the horse is not the expensive part of horse ownership. It's the daily/monthly/annual costs that add up over time to make owning a horse an expensive venture.

One-Time Costs:

Housing at home

  • Wood or pipe corral
  • Water container
  • Feeder
  • Shelter


  • Halter
  • Lead rope
  • Assorted brushes and combs
  • Hoof pick
  • Saddle
  • Saddle Pad
  • Bridle
  • Riding clothes
  • Blanket

Health Expenses

  • Pre-purchase Veterinary Exam
  • Coggins Test
  • First Aid Kit

Expenses at Purchase

  • Sale Price or Adoption Fee
  • Transport to new home
  • Brand inspection

Continual Costs:

Housing at boarding facility

  • Monthly board fee
  • Additional charges for grain, blanket service, turnout service, etc.

Feed at home

  • Hay
  • Mineral Salt Block
  • Grain
  • Vitamins

Health Expenses

  • Fly Control
  • Deworming
  • Vaccinations
  • Dental Care
  • Physicals
  • Vet Trip Charges
  • Farrier

Other expenses

  • Training for the horse
  • Riding lessons
  • Show fees
  • Additional tack/equipment
  • Riding clothes

Budget Forms

Here is a sample budget form to get you started on a good estimate of horse ownership cost.

Additional versions of the agreement for your convenience:

  • Printable version of the budget form [pdf]. [Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download this program for free. ]
  • Downloadable version of the budget form [doc] to keep for your records.
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