Sneak peek? I spent $4,000 less for the year than I had expected to spend. I am pretty sure that keeping such close track is what helped me save those 4,000 bucks.
Here is the accounting for December. I think I spent the least amount of money in December than I did in any other month. There was only board, feed, the farrier, my trailer payment, lessons, and my CDS renewal which includes a USDF group membership. The tack and gear items were paid by my $100 winnings from my CDS chapter.
This tells me that the absolute rock bottom I can pay to keep my horses is around $1,200 a month, which doesn't include any vet care. For the year, that works out to about $14,400. A year-end report is in the works; watch for it.