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    Default Horse ownership

    So. I would like to buy two horses.

    We live in the country and want to start embracing the country life. Our two girls and youngest son are doing lessons so I would like to buy a tall pony (14 hands or so) and a bigger horse for dh.

    Around Christmas time we will be in a good financial position and plan to stay that way.

    Tell me what to expect, anything and everythjbg please!!

    I can get wonderful agistment for $27.50 a week. Can you keep two horses in the one paddock? Sorry if that's a silly question. I would loooooove to surprise the kids and dh with amazing Christmas presents this year. Eventually I would like to buy myself a blonde horse too (palimino!)

    What should I expect to pay to buy a horse?

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    Depends on how big the paddock is. If it's smaller you may need to hard feed them as well. (Pony pellets, hay ect). You also need to factor in farrier, dentist, worming ect.

    My feed costs $40a fn (mum buys this).
    Farrier is $40 every 8-12wks
    Dentist is $120 twice a year
    Worming is approx $100 a year give or take.

    My horse was a giveaway thoroughbred (dont recommend as they are very often hard to keep fat).

    The upfront cost varies on what breed, how old, how trained and location ect.

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    Fairly large they are and at the moment there isn't much to eat as we get frosts.

    All the gear etc too hey but that's not so much an ongoing cost is it, I mean thjngs like saddles last for years don't they?

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    Horses are a massive, massive commitment. We farm 10 000 ha and there's no way I 'd have one. With three kids, I just wouldn't have the time to devote to one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    Fairly large they are and at the moment there isn't much to eat as we get frosts.

    All the gear etc too hey but that's not so much an ongoing cost is it, I mean thjngs like saddles last for years don't they?
    I have 3acres of good grass and would put two horses on here with a bale of hay (rhodes grass) which cost about $50 a giant round bale (which needs to be out of the rain).

    You could get a saddle second hand for about $100-$150 depending the type. A bridle is about $50 + whatever bit you get. Saddle blanket is about $50 (has been a long time since I bought one).

    Then there is brushes ect fit grooming. You could get away with a hoofpick, curry comb, hard bristle and soft bristle and a face washer for eyes/ears ect. Off the top of my head maybe $40-$50 for all. You could certainly buy all this second hand though.

    You may even find a horse with gear included.

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    Thanks for all the info! That's great!

    Miss kitty it's what we would love to do. Dh has spoken about doing this for a long long time. I guess we are all different hey. I guess people can do it because alot do. Nearly everyone we know owns a horse. Once we ate back in a great financial position again with savings we will do it. Thanks for the input.
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    Depending on the weather too you may need to buy rugs for it. There are several types and I'm unsure of cost as I've never had one.

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    Thanks indigo! We have a horse shop right at the end of our street. The stuff in there is such good quality! Just beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    Thanks for all the info! That's great!

    Miss kitty it's what we would love to do. Dh has spoken about doing this for a long long time. I guess we are all different hey. I guess people can do it because alot do. Nearly everyone we know owns a horse. Thanks for the input.
    Oh don't get me wrong, we know many horse owners but they are so devoted and tied to their horses. I'd rather just stick with my chooks, dog and cats ....and the few thousand sheep we have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    Thanks indigo! We have a horse shop right at the end of our street. The stuff in there is such good quality! Just beautiful.
    Dangerous shops to be in lol I could wander one for hours.

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