Horseback Riding Costs

When you start horseback riding you have no idea where the hidden expenses are... from medication application costs, to extra schooling at horse shows, here is a list and explanation of all the different costs. Also how to eliminate some of them.

With gymnastics you simply have to pay for some equipment and a trainer, in soccer you just need to join a team and have a uniform, so how why does horseback riding have so many hidden costs? How can some of these costs be eliminated? Well, of course, the primary financial responsibility occurs when you own a horse. If you are using a school horse for lessons it is a bit more up front.

So let's take the normal situation of someone boarding a horse at a certain barn. Problem number one, you go to a barn, and the fee for board is only three hundred dollars, which sounds great, however, what does this include. When you get your first bill, chances are you will see charges for turn-out, clean-up, blanketing, feeding, hay, and property damage expense. Then on top of that you'll find charges for each lesson that you occurred during the preceding month, priced depending on how many people showed up during that time slot.

How can this be avoided? Spend a bit more, around eight hundred up front, and get an all included price. Normally there are at least five lessons a week, all horse care, you provide the medicines and blankets. Although this sounds as if it would be a lot more expensive than the cheaper board program, in the end it is almost half the price.

Medical care for the horse is one place in which you can't safely cut corners. Once every six months the horse gets his teeth floated, this is because their teeth continue to grow throughout their life. So floating consists of filing down the teeth, it costs around a hundred dollars. Hoof care is also important, this entails clipping and new shoes, which can run from twenty dollars every five weeks to two hundred dollars. A well shod horse is vital for a proper training regime. Imagine living in cheap high heals constantly, you wouldn't perform very well, would you? It is virtually the same thing for a horse. Vet bills are incurred irregularly, for vaccines and for accidents. A cheaper vet will typically provide worse service than a more expensive one.

At horse shows the hidden costs can really pile on. Trailing to the fairgrounds is an initial fee, depending on how far away it is, but typically fifty cents a mile. Then there are schooling fees, occasionally based on the hour, and day care fees if you are under eighteen. The above fees can't be eliminated, simply minimized by asking ahead of time how much a barn charges, and picking a cheaper one. However, it is often the case that a horse will need to be shod at a show, this is typically double the prices of the normal blacksmith. Solution? Make sure the blacksmith looks at your horse's feet before you depart for the show.

Be careful not to sacrifice service for money. If you want to cut corners be very careful when you decide where to board your horse. Ask for a complete cost list, and then point out the hidden costs listed above to see if they are included. The more that is included, the better the deal, even if it is more up front.

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