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What do you pay per month, per horse (exact, not est) for hay/feed/supplements?

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  • What do you pay per month, per horse (exact, not est) for hay/feed/supplements?

    Just curious...
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  • #2
    Feed: I pay $19.52 for grain and 12.83 for supplements(pure glucos and msm).


    • #3
      Hay: $55 per month per horse.

      That's it.

      Now, if you want to add in mortgage and upkeep for the land they graze on -- that's a different number
      "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."


      • #4
        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.

        The other two are boarded.

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        • #5
          Hay is "free"

          Using a 30 day month for calculations for 2 horses:

          TC 30% costs me $29.70
          Flax would cost $4.80 per month

          So, grand total of $34.50 per month for two horses

          ETA: In the summer, I pay nothing. They eat grass only.
          Last edited by SuckerForHorses; Mar. 22, 2013, 08:45 AM.
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          • #6
            And dang, now I realize I'm not charging enough for the bottomless-pit boarder. Hopefully he'll be out eating (free) grass soon!
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            • #7
              I get $96.50 per horse. Hay is $67.50, grain & pellets are $12 (Morgans... they don't need much), MSM is about $2 and vitamins are around $10.


              • #8
                $45 for hay
                $58 for alfalfa cubes
                $22.50 for pellets
                $24.90 for beet pulp
                $1 for yeast supplement
                $2.44 for flax

                Edit: should say, that's for my one horse.


                • #9
                  Two reasons for not answering this question: 1) it requires math and 2) I definitely do not want to know the answer to the question!!!!

                  A horse with ulcers and another with hind gut issues puts my costs up there.


                  • #10
                    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


                    • Original Poster

                      Well, being on a fixed income, I have started figuring out what each horse costs me per month, and even per day....it can be a scary thing! I'll get back with my figures.
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                      • #12
                        I'm in a different Continent, but feed bill for my one horse is over 300€ per month. To that you can add boarding and training... yep, pretty expensive!


                        • #13
                          Hay - $185 per horse a month
                          Feed and sups - $90 per horse


                          • #14
                            Mine changes drastically from winter to summer, but right now per month for concentrates:

                            2 bags TC Senior: $41
                            1/2 bag Alfalfa pellets: $6
                            1/3 bag rice bran pellets: $8

                            No supplements. Hay is included in the board price. So $55 a month on top of board. But in the summer this goes way down. She'll switch to a pound of ration balancer a day, which is...~$15 a month.
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                            • #15
                              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.


                              • #16
                                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).
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                                • #17
                                  I'm in TX....the monthly $ amount includes hay/grain

                                  OTTB = $162 (8lbs per day 12% pellets) (plus he gets Cool Calories 2 0z per day)
                                  Arab mare = $126 (4lb same pellets)
                                  Andalusian colt 2 = $126 (4lb ditto)
                                  Half-Arabian mare = $126 (4lb ditto)

                                  Hay is $9 per bale right now, but will probably go up as drought continues...

                                  I could lower the grain side for the bottom 3 if I fed RB, and the two mares will
                                  be on round bales through the summer with pasture...(that helps).


                                  • #18
                                    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, 09:50 PM. Reason: added location
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                                    • #19
                                      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.
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                                      • #20
                                        I pay for full board, however I buy my own feed and supplement with my own hay. This is per month...

                                        Feed -$65
                                        Rice Bran Oil -$30
                                        Joint Supplement -$70
                                        Rice Bran Pellets -$30
                                        Alfalfa -$60
                                        Orchard Grass -$40

                                        For a grand total of $295

                                        I pay $650 a month for board, and they do supply some hay, but it's not great and has no real nutritional value.
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