So, your daily feed for the care of one healthy 1100 lb. horse will average between .75
and $4.80 per day for grain and will be around $4.40 per day for hay. That total is
$4.40 to $8.80 per day. Multiply by 30 days per month, and your average cost to feed
a healthy 15H horse is a minimum o f $132.00 and can easily go as high as $264.00.
That cost can increase easily depending on the amount of work your horse is in, as well
as its breed. Thoroughbreds, for example, are known to need a much higher amount
of feed in relation to their body weight than the average Quarter horse.
These figures do not include the cost of farrier visits, which average approximately
$40 for a pasture trim with no shoes and is necessary every 6 weeks, which calculates
to a cost of $30.00 per month. Deworming should be done every other month and
you should rotate dewormers with Ivermectin and Strongid at a cost of approximately
$5-$10 per dose, which would come out to approximately $7.00 per month.
Hay = $303.00
Grain = $22.50 - $144
$362.50 to $484.00 per month for one horse
Don't forget yearly vet visits for about $200 ($55 farm call plus vaccinations twice a
year), and any veterinary care for illness or injuries, which averages to about $18.00
/month not including emergencies, which you should keep a couple thousand put away
in a savings account specifically for equine emergencies. Add in a dental visit at $150
per year if your horse has no tooth or mouth problems, for another $12.50/month.
We have now brought our cost up to $375 - $500 per month for one average, healthy
Of course, this does not include tack (bridle, bit, reins, saddle, girth, stirrups, saddle pad),
supplies (halter, lead, buckets, deicers, salt block), fencing materials, barn or shelter and
repairs to each, or any health supplements your horse may need.