Financial Costs | Horse Ownership
We all love our horses and want the very best for them. But sometimes even the most caring horse owners can find themselves in financial difficulties.
Not only must the initial costs be considered (such as purchasing the horse, tack and rugs) but also the long-term financial commitments such as feeding, worming, farrier, dental checks, vaccinations, bedding, hay/haylage, insurance, livery charges and veterinary fees.
Be prepared for sudden price increases if, for example, there is a shortage of hay. You should also consider how unforeseen circumstances such as unemployment or illness would impact on your ability to care for and keep the horse.
The BHS advice leaflet “The Cost of Keeping a Horse or Pony” will provide you with a useful guide to the level of financial commitment that owning a horse entails.
As the UK’s largest horse charity, we receive many calls each month from horse owners seeking alternative homes for their animals. We do our best to help, but with over one million horses and donkeys in the UK, resources and the spaces for re-homing are limited.
No-one wants to be parted from their horses, especially if distressing situations can be avoided with some sound advice and thoughtful planning - which is why you'll find this National Equine Welfare Council leaflet (pdf) really helpful.
It will show you how to plan for the future and reduce costs without compromising your horse’s welfare.
It will also tell you what to do if the worst comes to the worst and you think you can no longer afford to care for your horse.