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Horses are commonly associated with money. It’s no lie that horses can be incredibly expensive with feed, boarding, vet, hoof care, etc. However, while horses do cost more than dogs or any other typical animal, you can also save money on your horses using Natural Horse Care.
It’s obvious that Natural Horse Care is the best approach to caring for your horse, but it is also the best way to save money with horses.
1. You don’t have to pay for horseshoes
All horses have hooves that are perfectly capable of functioning without horseshoes. When a hoof is able to thrive, and is not constricted by a metal shoe, it is able to become rock solid and withstand any terrain that a horse might walk on. Barefoot horses have better circulation and less stress on their joints.
The average cost of shoeing a horse is between $65-$150. Let’s say it costs you $80 every time you shoe your horse, and he has new shoes put on every 6 weeks (thats 8-9 times per year). Horses generally live for at least 25 years. That shoeing is costing you about $16,000 for the horse’s life.
Looking at a barefoot trim, the lost is about $45 per trim. Using the same number of trims, the total cost is $9,000. Just by using barefoot hoof care, you can save $7,000 over your horse’s life.
The wild horses of Montana withstand winter temperatures where the high is barely above freezing. Yet these horses thrive in the cold weather, even without blankets! Instead, their internal body heater is able to kick in, allowing them to grow fuzzy winter coats that keep them perfectly warm and healthy. Horse blankets prevent a horse from growing this coat, and actually mess up his internal heater.
Most “tradition” horse people have about 3 blankets for each horses: a heavyweight, midweight, and lightweight. A durable horse blanket costs between $150 and $200. Let’s say you have a heavyweight blanket that cost $200, a midweight that cost $170, and a lightweight that cost $150. Depending on how active your horse is and the strength of the blanket, you will have to replace at least one of these blankets, another $200. That totals at $720.
Instead, you could allow your horse to grow his own blanket, which is free! You could save $720.
3. Stall Bedding
Wild horses move 8-20 miles every day, grazing, escaping predators, and searching for water. This almost constant movement aids in their digestion, shapes their hooves, tones their muscles, and circulates blood. Without this movement, you get an unhealthy horse who is bored, stressed, and more prone to sickness. Horses are not designed to be stuck in little stalls all day.
Let’s say a bag of bedding costs $6.50 and you use about 2 bags each month for one horse. That’s $156 a year and $3,900 for a horse who lives to be 25.
Instead, allow your horse to live in a pasture, field, or create your own paddock paradise.You’ll save almost $4,000.
The word "dewormer" is a nice way to say “poisonous chemicals that probably kill the bugs in your horse and hopefully don’t hurt your horse in the process.” Have you ever stopped to think that wild horses don’t take dewormers, yet they don’t get sick or die? So why is it that “domesticated” horses supposedly need dewormers, even though they are genetically the same as a wild horse? The truth is: they don’t. Wild horses keep their worm count down with their constant movement, diet, and overall immune system health. There are natural ways to keep worms out of your horses, without shoveling chemicals into their bodies. (Checkout my Natural Deworming page)
Deworming one horse costs around $30 each year, which is $750 over a 25 year period.
Joe Camp, who uses Natural Horse Care, swears by Diatomaceous Earth, which effectively kills worms without hurting the horse. A 50 pound bag that costs about $30 last for a long time. Other natural herbs can be given to your horses to prevent worms and boost his immune system. Also, a horse’s living conditions plays a role in worm control. Be sure that your horses are not grazing close to their manure and, if possible, rotate pastures every month.
5. Overall Lower Living Cost
When horses are allowed to live naturally, the way they are genetically designed to live, they are healthier. The risk of colic, laminitis, ulcers, sickness, and bad habits such as weaving and cribbing goes down. A healthier horse means fewer vet visits, which saves you money. Natural Horse Care is the best choice, not only for your horse, but also for you!