From Endurance to Dressage
Horses Are Expensive: April
I know you'd rather hear about Sunday's show, but I feel compelled to continue with my monthly expense reports. I am horrified. Seriously. At this rate, I'll have spent in excess of $25,000 by the end of the year.
The expenses listed below are the totals that I spent for two horses. You might notice that there is no farrier bill in April. Thank goodness! The boys get done every five to six weeks which just happened to cover a time frame that skipped the month of April. Have no fear. The money was still spent. My bill to BVH is what accounted for a big chunk of this month's money drain. Here's to a cheaper May!
5/1/2012 12:17:44 am
But the fun factor, stress relief, companionship, excercise......priceless!!!
5/1/2012 02:01:38 am
I guess if I joined a gym with a trainer and went to a therapist EVERY day, it might be the same money spent. You're right in that the cost is worth it, but where oh where can I cut back?!
Gasp ... $360 for dental work, vaccinations and a FEC per horse? That seems high! I guess nothing is cheap in horses but I've got to get Leo's teeth done soon (he'll need to be sedated) and I hope my bill's a bit lower ... yikes.
5/1/2012 08:26:30 am
Kelly - my vet charges around $120 for a standard dental plus another $70 or so for the tranquilizer. It's definitely not cheap. I do both horses each year because I know how important good dental care is. I just plan for a big bill each March/April.
I'll let you know when I get Leo's dental occlusal equilibration (!) for sure.
5/2/2012 12:23:55 pm
I'll try to work on something about the vaccinations. There are so many choices here that no one is ever "right" in what they give. Someone else will always disagree!
5/1/2012 08:12:59 am
I am very curious to know what THAT cost. It looks as though Fiddle is healing well. Can't wait to hear that she's back under saddle! :0)
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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