Average Cost To Buy A Horse

Average Cost To Buy A Horse


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  • A quick note about the price of raising horses (as opposed to just buying them)
  • The average cost of different breeds/ages of horse
  • How much you’re willing to pay for a horse

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1. The Horse

The average cost of a horse is between $1,000 and $10,000. It depends on the age and breed of your horse, how much training it has had, and its temperament.

The price of a horse also varies based on the seller’s situation. For example:

  • A private seller may be willing to sell their horse for less than an institution or agency that needs money for food or care for other horses.
  • If someone is selling their sickly animal as part of a divorce settlement, they might also be more willing to part with it at a lower price than otherwise expected because they don’t want anything left from their marriage beyond that which they’ve already received in court proceedings (food stamp benefits).

2. Feeding

The cost of your horse’s feed will depend on the type of feed you buy and on how much weight your horse needs to gain or lose. Feeding a horse is an ongoing expense that can be anywhere from $0.75 per day for a pony to $4-5 per day for a mature, 1,200 lb. thoroughbred.

The price also varies depending on the age and breed of your horse. A yearling colt’s daily maintenance cost is about $2 less than that of an older gelding. Proportionately more feed goes into growing young horses than mature ones, so it will cost more to raise them if you do not want them outgrowing their pasture too quickly!

3. Bedding

Bedding is the most expensive part of owning a horse. It’s needed to keep the horse comfortable and healthy, but it can be pricey. You can find bedding for very cheap at many discount stores or online stores like Amazon, but it may not be high quality and will need to be replaced quickly.

If you have access to wood chips, that’s another option for cheap bedding material. Wood chips are usually free from local tree services if you have access to someone who cuts up dead trees or limbs into small pieces for you – otherwise you may have to pay for them yourself (which can end up being pretty pricey).

4. Farrier

The farrier (the guy who trims your horse’s hooves) will visit your horse at least twice a month. You should plan on spending between $25-$50 per visit, but that’s just an average. The cost varies depending on where you live, the type of horse, and if you have multiple horses to care for. It’s best to book the farrier in advance as he/she can be pretty busy and hard to get hold of last minute when it comes time for regular shoeing appointments!

5. Vet

Vet visits can be costly, but they’re also one of the most important aspects of having a horse. How often you see the vet depends on how old your horse is and what health issues he’s experiencing. For example, if your horse is young and healthy, you may only need to go every six months for basic shots. If he’s older or has an illness or injury that requires more intensive care, you might visit him weekly or even daily until he’s better.

On average, vet visits cost between $60-$70 per session depending on where you live. When thinking about how much a vet will charge for basic shots or procedures like teeth cleaning (which can cost up to $300), it’s good to remember that these are just averages—however much they end up costing depends entirely on where in the country you live and what kind of equipment they have available at their practice (or if there’s an emergency).

6. Worming

Worming your horse is as important as feeding it, and just as essential to its health. A horse that is not wormed regularly can suffer from colic, laminitis and other serious ailments.

  • Cost*: Approximately $25 for a month’s supply of wormer for a 500-pound (227 kg) horse.
  • How often to worm: You should worm horses at least once a year, but twice if they are kept in wet conditions or fed on lush pastures where worms thrive. Worming should begin as soon as the foal begins nursing; it is also recommended that mares be wormed just prior to foaling so their colostrum can help protect the newborns against infection.
  • How to administer worm medication: Administer the appropriate dose based on weight alone; never mix two brands of medication together unless directed by your veterinarian because interactions between medications may cause harmful side effects or even kill your animal! Follow the directions carefully when using pour-on drugs such as ivermectin or selamectin because these medications need time after application before they become effective against internal parasites (which means if you don’t follow instructions exactly right, there could potentially be problems). It’s important when using these types of drugs not only because they are very effective but also because they are toxic enough that an accidental overdose can result in death within days if left untreated

The average monthly cost to own a horse is $200 for a horse that is in light work, and $300 for a horse that is in full work.

The average monthly cost to own a horse is $200 for a horse that is in light work, and $300 for a horse that is in full work. This figure can vary greatly depending on the age of your horse, the size of your horse and the temperament of your animal.

The typical costs associated with owning horses are:

  • Feeding – this can vary from $20 per month to over $100 per month depending on how much hay you feed or how many supplements or minerals you use. You may also need to buy grain or pellets at certain times of year if there isn’t abundant grass available.
  • Stabling – depending on where you live this could range from as little as $50 per month (if you have access to pasture) up to several hundred dollars per month if you pay for stabling inside or out all year round. In some areas it may be difficult if not impossible to find inexpensive shelter so keep this in mind when budgeting for ownership costs!


You should now have a better idea of what it would cost to buy a horse. As we mentioned above, there can be a huge range in the price of a horse depending on its breed and training. In general, you’ll pay more for a thoroughbred or other well-trained equine than you will for an untrained animal that needs work.

We hope this article has given you some insight into how much it costs to purchase an equine companion. If you’re ready to start looking at horses today, take our quiz below!

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