Just went through bills for 2010. Honestly, I have been in the game a while now and one would think I would be used to the amounts spent. However, I am always a bit googly-eyed when I tally the final figure for a year.
Just curious where I fall on the spectrum of spending. Don't know if this will make me feel better or worse.
Include EVERYTHING - board, lessons, treats, vet, shows, tack, rider apparel, memberships, insurance, etc.. Not the cost of the horse though, if you bought a new one.
There's a poll with this for people to respond anonymously.
I have spent about $20,000 last year on my new horse. (Not including cost of horse). I didn't show and I didn't have any major medical expenses. This year between showing and tack it will likely double. I try not to think about it, or tell any non-horse people. LOL
Just did this as part of the R&D I had to do to figure out a half-lease amount for my semi-retired show hunter.
I voted $5-$10K, coming much closer to $10K. Nothing happened to him in 2010 and I didn't buy any equipment. I had sticker shock: Each trail ride costs *how much*?
My lessee, who (wisely) wants to lease before she buys, has sticker shock, too. I'm trying to be kind in listening to her ask about *why* it ends up costing this much when the half-lease price seems like a large chunk of board. I was surprised to find that board is only 2/3 of total costs per year. Yikes! I always just thought of "board" as what my horse cost. When he was showing, shod, given supplements and vet work for that, I don't even want to know what I was actually spending.
If I add up all the "one off" purchases like the new breeches that I wanted but don't really need, it would throw me into the next $ category, so I am just going to ignore those!
I don't have kids, so my way of justifying this hobby is by telling myself that as long as I don't spend more in a year than I would on tuition for a kid in private school, I am within a reasonable budget. I'm not so sure my husband agrees with that approach, but I pay my horse bills with my own money, so there isn't much he can do about it!
Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson
I LOVE all the rationalizing going on. You guys rock!
It's the 'little' stuff that gets me, too. When I started putting the miscellaneous bills together, I was simply aghasted. $20 here and $300 there (winter boots, it was freezing here!) adds up quickly.
I'm in the 5-10K category, and I thought I was keeping things pretty simple...no frills boarding, no trailer (yet), barefoot pony who never goes to shows..
like TarheelJD, I didn't add in the frills, like the extra pairs of gloves that I just bought simply because they were on sale...because if I didn't have horses, I'd have some hobby that I'd spend that money on. And I didn't count my two recent foxhunting trips, I mentally put those into my "vacation" budget
It does add up quickly, but I sure wouldn't want to give it up.
I keep the horse/donkeys at home, for 1800/year.
I trim their feet.
200 vet bill, spring shots/teeth (horse only, not counting donkeys)
600 showing, 12 local shows/year.
I am good on tack... for a lifetime. Same on clothes/boots/apparel.
35 for yearly membership.
3600 trailer payments (yikes - can't wait til that's paid off!)
Don't count the truck as it is a daily driver/work vehicle as well.
Hope to get back into semi regular lessons SOON, to the tune of 2300/year.
Total of about 8500/year. Thankfully DH doesn't come on CoTH!