Annual cost of horse

Do you know what it costs to rescue and maintain a horse?

Initial Costs

Depending on the current price of horsemeat, it can cost between $200 and $500 to save a horse that is on its way to the slaughter house.

Initial veterinary care upon arrival at Lifesavers including physical exam, worming, dental exam and vaccinations is ususally no less than $100, and often times more.

If a horse is in need of immediate trimming or shoeing, (and most are) this may cost as much as $100 as farriers generally require a minimum charge to come out to our ranch due to it’s distance from town. So an emergency trim or shoeing can be quite expensive. If corrective work is needed this will drive the cost even higher and it may take several months of repeated farrier work to get the hooves back in shape.

On Going Maintenance

Currently a single bale of hay is $15 to $20 depending on the season and type of hay. A horse eats about one and a half bales per week or 2% of their optimum body weight per day.  The monthly cost of hay per horse is approximately $100 to $120.

Supplements such as grain, bran and psyllium can be as much as $25 per month per horse. Some horses require special supplements such as glucosomine for arithritic conditions and this can add $40 extra per horse needing it per month.

Routine hoof care needs to be performed every 6 to 8 weeks and ranges in price from $35 for a trim to $100 for shoes. Corrective shoeing, of course, will be much higher.

Horses are continuely plagued by intestinal parasites and need worming every 2 months. The cost is $13 each worming, each horse.

Semi-annual vaccinations for tetanus, influenza, rhinopneumonitis, etc. are approximately $35 per horse twice per year.

Emergency veterinary care can really vary depending on the situation. Lacerations that need sutures, anesthetic, antibiotics can cost anywhere between $200 and $500 depending on size and seriousness of the injury. Colic can be a very serious situation and sometimes requires surgery and hospitalization, expect a vet bill in the thousands of dollars.

Horses make wonderful pets and companions, but as you can see, they can get quite costly. If we rescue a horse that really needs a lot of special attention it might cost as much as $2700 to care for that horse over the span of one year.

Our average monthly cost to maintain a single horse is $140. Multiply this by 500 horses and you can see why we need your help. Your ongoing support can help us continue our work to save these wonderful animals from slaughter, or other dire circumstances, and prepare them for brand new beginnings with caring families who will love and appreciate them as they so deserve.

Send donations to: Lifesavers, Inc., 23809 East Avenue J, Lancaster, California 93535. Fax your Visa or MasterCard donations to (661) 727-1305 (please include your name, card number and, expiration date.) You may use the donation form by printing it from your computer screen, or just write the needed information on a blank piece of paper.

Phone for more information: 661-727-0049 or email lifesavers@wildhorserescue.org

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