Question by  Mark89 (173)

How much money does it take to feed a horse per year?


Answer by  rbiales (3441)

Horses eat money through the purchase of worming medication, pasture, hay, and feed. Horses can also need special diets that require additional expense. In different parts of the country these elements will vary but the general horse food estimate is five thousand dollars a year and up, if you have a horse with medical issues.

Reply by VanillaTwilight (281):
Wow! that estimate is more costly than boarding at a $400/month barn where they do all the work for you!  add a comment

Answer by  LaurieF (211)

The cost to feed a horse depends on local grain and hay prices, as well as the particular horse's nutritional requirements. Access (or lack thereof) to pasture will also impact the amount of hay that will need to be purchased. Contact a local feed store for hay and grain prices.


Answer by  queenie (25)

Horses has been my business for over 40 years. The cost of feed has went up each due to the cost of the the farmers doing business. There are so many varities of feed, from the top of the line to the more reasonable. On average the cost $1100.00 yearly.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

It depends on the region. It costs about $15 a bag for pre packaged horse feed. On the West Coast it's hard to get hay so it costs around $15 a square bale. In the Midwest the same hay could cost you $5. The bottom line is horses are expensive.


Answer by  CaliHorseGirl (44)

Feed is probably a horseowner's biggest expense, but the cost will vary from place to place. If you live in an area where grass is available for much of the year, you can cut your costs slightly, but you will still need to price hay and grain for the winter months especially.

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