Cost of Being a Colorado Horse Owner

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Please note that all costs are just an average and vary in different areas/seasons. Contact resources in your local area to determine your prices.

This list is as of August, 2015.


  • Hay- Depending on the type of hay and quality, it can either be between $5-10 for a small bale and $100-250 for a large bale.
  • Grain- For a 50lbs bag, it can range between $12-30 depending on type. Discounts may be offered on large orders, depending on your supplier.
  • Yearly Veterinarian Visit- $100-1,200. This number great varies based on what you need and your vet. Shots will add more to the cost; so will farm visits and dental work. Keep in mind the high costs of emergencies.
  • Farrier Visit (Recommended every other month)- $40-200. This too depends on farrier and needs. Shoes add to the cost, corrective shoes add even more.
  • De-worming (Recommended to alternate de-wormers, every other month)- $5-10 per dose.
  • Boarding- Can vastly range from $100-1,000+. The main factors are location, amenities, and service. Self-serve boarding facilities will cost less than a full service facility, and a stall generally will cost more than pasture-boarding.
  • Tack- For saddles, it can range from $200-1,000+. For bridles, $40-90+. For saddle pads, $50-150+. Higher quality and more decorations will increase costs. These are just the basics, there is much more tack you can buy.


There are added costs if you decide to keep your horse on your own land, take lessons, need a trainer, or your boarding facility doesn’t cover much. This is just a general overview of some costs to consider.


If you would like to see any other average costs added to this page, please write to us! We’d love to help answer any questions you may have.

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