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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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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