How Much Does It Cost To Feed a Horse?

The actual cost of caring for a horse is quite steep, especially if you do not have an area for them to roam in a pasture.  Horses are grazing animals, and most, as long as they have the fields to roam, can survive on grass and plants alone.

Depending on the purpose of your owning a horse, you may need to purchase horse feed in order for the horse to have that extra nutrition.

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How much does it cost to feed a horse per month?

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Average Reported Cost: $100

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  1. Amy (Pleasantville,  New Jersey) paid $100 and said:

    I pay out about $250-$300 a month per horse @ five horses ranging from a mini to a 1400lb horse. Of course the mini (36″) eats about $75-$100 a month. Hay runs about $6-$8 per 40-50lb bale. A 50lb bag of better quality grain is $19.99. I feed 20-30lbs per horse of hay a day. 5-8lbs of grain per horse per day. Mostly depends on time of year, activity level, age and health of horse. Wouldn’t take a 15 year old horse on a 30mile trail ride if he hasn’t been conditioned to do so, right? I wouldn’t.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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