Jeez, EXACT? I don't know. Too many horses, too much math.
I pay $5-6 per bale of hay and feed about a bale a day to one horse and one pony at present.
The big lug I have at home on "rehab board" eats a LOT: 4 pounds of a simple 12% feed and 1 pound of Amplify per day. The grain is about $20/bag and the amplify is a little more (sorry, I never keep receipts and don't comparison shop) so maybe $50 per month for his non-hay stuff?
The pony gets a handful of vitamin/mineral pellets and a little flax seed so her "grain" bill is probably $5-10/month.
Oh, they get Solitude--that's about $0.50/day/horse from March through November.
Several years ago, I put together a spreadsheet outlining grain, supplements, farrier, vet, and other equine practitioners for my horses. I board, so hay was an unknown. I was SHOCKED at the totals. What a terrifying exercise. I was able to get my costs down quite a bit by eliminating several supplements that were in the "won't hurt, might help" category and it certainly opened my eyes about how those smallish expenses really add up.
Not at all interested in laying it out again, though. Too scary
Based on the following average cost for people in the mid-Atlantic area;
We breed, raise, train, race, sell and show TBs
Quality commercial feed; $20 per 50 lbs. We feed 9 lbs per day for most of our horses. $3.64 per day per horse.
Hay $7 per 40-45 lb bale of nice hay. In the winter an stalled horses, 15 lbs per day. $2.33
I have not found expensive supplements of much value. To each their own.
We use Calf Mania and Buckeye Ultimate Finish about $2 per horse. I also use a quality fish oil with our high performance horses.
So, around $240 per 30 day month.
This is our business and livelyhood . We have a lot of horses. We buy our feed in bulk from a quality family run mill. Mixed to our specifications and pay on average around $19 per 100 lbs delivered. But we buy around 3 tons per month.
I don't have an exact number (because I do NOT want to now!), but it's around $350. The only supplements I feed are hay cubes, whole flax, and spirulina; my main cost is hay, which now costs $38.99 per 125 lb bale (which lasts around a week, sometimes a little less).
2nd cut timothy (about 20lbs daily)($390/tonne)
Alfalfa (About 5lbs daily)
Grain All-phase and Equi-cal (2lbs each/day currently)
Horse is growing and approx 1250lbs, not in work other than basic ground stuff. (2.5yrs old)
Located in the Greater Vancouver Area, BC, Canada. Hay is shipped from Washington/Oregon or Alberta.
Last edited by RedRogue; Mar. 21, 2013 at 09:50 PM.
Reason: added location
I don't really want to know...it all depends, because I don't always get my hay from the same place, and prices fluctuate at the local feed store...also, using FeedXl scared me, haha. I don't like knowing how much I'm spending every day! Somewhere around $500 a month for the two horses, most of that hay.
"On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."