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What’s Your Number?

RACHEL SOWINSKI

It’s a standing joke among horse owners that you never want to add up the total amount you’re spending on your horse. At least, not unless you’re sitting down. Although we may be in denial about the dollar amount racked up on horses and riding, it’s critical to crunch the numbers. This month, we take a look at the real cost of horsekeeping, since it’s always a top concern for horse owners.

A budget is so easily busted. For example, when I moved from a boarding barn that included shavings to one that was BYOB—buy your own bedding—I woefully underestimated the number of bags it would take to keep my horse’s new, larger stall clean, dry and fluffy. My monthly tab from the feed store was more than twice what I had budgeted. Ouch.

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DEPARTMENTS
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Watch in real-time as a future racing star is born!
Noble Outfitters is partnering with One Stop Equine
The hardy pony is a historic Scottish treasure for modern times.
Arke, a stunning 2010 Akhal-Teke mare, hails from the
RIDE + LIFE
Tap into your inner cowgirl to succeed in business and life.
Start 2019 on the “write” hoof.
Pick out a notebook that excites and motivates you to write.
Christy Counts is changing the lives of horses through the Right Horse Initiative.
Take your yoga practice to the barn with these horseback moves.
Riders gain confidence and an increased bond with their horse in this exciting equestrian sport.
Sometimes you just don’t know Jack.
CARE + TRAINING
A new study reveals horse snorts as a leading indicator of equine happiness.
Three exercises for better hand-to-horse connection.
Features
Before you strap on a pair of spurs, go through this checklist.
Don’t let winter weather keep you from the saddle.
When it comes to your horse’s health, here are 5 things NOT to worry about.
15 hacks to save time at the barn and spend more time in the saddle.
Shortly after bringing her horse home to her Florida
Ride along on a horseback safari in Botswana.