I full board now, but when I was buying my own hay at a partial-care barn, it was roughly $80 a month per horse (if I bought directly from the grower, it was much more expensive at the feed store). I'm in California Add another $18 dollars amount for a complete feed I use as a snack, and another $45 or so for supplements, and it would total roughly $220 a month for two horses.
Alright, so I did the math for some reason. Keep in mind that I manage a farm, and part of my compensation is my two horses living here....so, technically feed and hay aren't directly out of pocket, but I know what they cost!
Toby (working horse)
Hay- roughly 20lbs a day @ roughly 10cents a lb= $60
Feed- 9lbs a day @ 49cents a lb= $132.30
Cocosoya oil- 8oz a day @ 13cents an ounce= $31.20
Monthly Smartpak = $44.85
Toby's Grand Total = $268.35 (yikes)
Neigh (retired guy on pasture board)
Hay- Very roughly 10lbs a day (he grazes a lot, even this time of year) = $30
Feed- 2lbs a day= $29.40
Cocosoya oil- 2oz a day= $7.80
Monthly Smartpak= $30.90
Neigh's Grand Total= $98.10
This does not include the massive amounts of carrots, cookies, a peppermints they consume, nor does include either of their daily meds (Prascend for Neigh, Zyrtec for Toby), or anything else. I don't even want to know what I REALLY spend on them both (especially Toby) in their monthly care and upkeep!
Hmmm, I go through 2 round bales at 40 bucks a piece....and probably 2 bags alfalfa cubes ($30) and 2 bags beet pulp....($36).....half a bag of flax, so $17...for a grand total of $163 for two horses. Little less than $82 a horse for a month. My guys have NO grazing and are fat,sassy and shiny- so I'm more than happy with that!
Thanks, OP, for ruining my day. All numbers are approximate...
Two old Morgans (this is each, not combined): $68/month for hay, $4/month for grain, $26/month for hay cubes (served as mash twice daily)
Young TB (currently on stall rest, so this number will go up when he's back in work): $117/month for hay, $21/month in grain, $26/month for hay cubes.
$26/month for all three combined for psyllium.
$47/month for Platinum Performance for all three (I get it mad cheap because SO is a DVM).
So, grand totals per horse:
27 year old Morgan: $122
20 year old Morgan: $122
6 year old TB: $188
This is why I laugh when people say "it's cheaper to have them at home!!"
Easy-keeping QH eats nothing but hay and the sugar cubes he mugs me for. I grow my own hay but pay someone to bale it, so it works out to right around $3.00 a bale all said and done. He splits a bale every day with his buddy and gets a smidge more in the stall at night, so call it $3.00 a day. That's $90 a month for him.
The hard-keeping TB mare who is boarded gets a custom grain mixture that I mix up that works out to about $50 a month. She is picky about when/where she eats her hay and only does about a third a bale a day (although I wish it were more) of my home-grown stuff, so that's about $1.00 a day, another $30 a month. So $80 a month for her.
No supplements for anyone. I suspect my saving grace in terms of cost is that I have plenty of pasture room so they eat basically no hay from April to November or even sometimes December. I supplement at the beginning and end, and if they come up to the dry lot. But I understand why people with land collect so many horses....I skip around all summer dealing with nothing but hauling water to the fields, saying "They're free, they're free!"
It's only in the summer, when I'm filling my barn with thousands of dollars of hay, that I realize what a PITA and money-suck they are.
For two ponies: About $4.50 per pony per day for hay, oats, vit/min/hoof supplements, salt, carrots, apples and treats. And I know this because of the very handy FeedXL program which calculates such things for you. I say 'about' because I'm sure it's gone up a bit since the last time I subscribed to FeedXL.
I've never gone back through my records to itemize the differentials between hay/grain/supplements, but, I spend $200.00 a month for grain and supps for my one horse.
I buy 200 bales of hay a year, but that feeds Daatje and the two minis, who together eat about 50 bales a year, so Daatje eats about 150 bales a year. $7.50/bale x 150 = /$1125 divided by 12 months = $93.75 a month for hay for Daatje.
So, about $300/month for feed for one horse. (albeit a big, gas-hog of a horse )