boarding one of my riding horses out. I'm in a pretty rural area, and my horse-owning friends seem to be pretty evenly split between boarding out and keeping horses on their own property.
|Aerial shot of our property before we bought it.
- Trims - $25-40
- Shoes- although everybody is barefoot right now, I've had horses shod in the front, and I typically paid about $90 for a trim and front shoes. I've never had a horse shod all the way around, so no idea!
- Average cost of a month of full time training- I honestly don't know for around here, but the one time I paid someone else to train a horse for me, I paid $650 a month with board included (this was on the western side of the state, not in central MO)
- Average monthly pasture board- $150-200
- Average monthly stall board- $300-400 depending on the amenities. You can find it cheaper or more expensive depending on the options you want.
- Round bale, mixed grass- $25-$40 (depending on if you need it delivered/dropped or if you can pick it up and move it yourself)
- Square bales, mixed grass- $2/bale picked up out of the field (avg. 50 lb bale). We work for a farmer, so we also get really nice brome and lespedeza for around the same price. I know other people pay more, especially if they want it delivered and stacked, but we are willing to do most of the work so we can get a price break. You can get other options (alfalfa, orchard grass, etc) if you're willing to pay more, but my guys do just fine on grass hay.
|It's not Kentucky bluegrass, but we still do grow some nice hay.
|Like this. Two feet of snow is fucking dumb. Ughhhhhhhh.
|Plenty of little fun shows you can dink around at and win little ribbon strips.
- Low cost of living (our mortgage on 17 acres is lower than a lot of the board costs I've seen in this blog hop -- however, obviously it will increase when we build a house!)
- Less than an hour to a major university vet hospital and one of the top repro clinics in the country
- Awesome local tack store
- Two universities with equestrian programs (leading to lots more equine events/boarding options than your typical Missouri county)
- Tons of low-key schooling shows to get your horse mileage without spending $$$$$
- Two hours from both STL and KC, with much bigger shows scenes
- Plenty of big show venues within a day's drive (Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma, etc)
- Very lax (aka nonexistent) zoning laws or regulations -- we can literally build whatever we want without permits... haha. Of course, this goes both ways! Some of our neighbors have some sketchy as shit buildings....
|I mean, who doesn't want to dress up their horse as as unicorn for a costume class? haha
Frustrating things about our area?
- Lack of good instructors and clinicians (or when available, they're cost prohibitive). There are a handful, but not a ton. I'm also a little picky on who I'll spend my money with, so this might be more of a "me" problem than a "local" problem... lol.
- Lack of large indoor arenas (the local university has 2, which is great if you're a student there, but less great for everyone else -- except when they hold shows!). Probably 75%+ of the local show venues are outside, because very few people have an indoor large enough for a dressage court (even a small one). That's wonderful when the weather is nice, but since it's the Midwest, the weather is frequently NOT nice. If you can trailer, there are definitely more indoor venues in the KC/STL area.
- Lack of variety in available feeds (you can get the big brands like Purina and Nutrena, and a few others, but it's pretty basic)
- Limited equine trails (We have a super trail system in Missouri called the Katy Trail, but horses are only allowed on two small sections. There are a handful of state parks that allow trail riding, but a lot of them have pretty rough terrain.)
|Where else could I have something like this in my backyard? haha