Horse owners everywhere know that the products needed to keep their equine healthy can be quite expensive. While the basic costs of boarding and purchasing necessary tack items can cause a serious hit to the checkbook, the added expense of necessary health items can really mount up. Horse owners are aware they need wormers, vaccines, supplements and necessary tests such as an annual Coggins to keep their animals healthy. A coggins test is required by most states to identify animals that carry Equine Infectious Anemia antibodies in their blood. These expenses do not even include farrier services such as shoeing and hoof trimming that need to be done at least every three months.

People who have only one horse will usually keep it at a local boarding stable and have a veterinarian come out a few times during the year. The annual spring examination usually includes drawing blood for the Coggins test required if the animal is going to any equine events off the farm. The spring checkup may also include all recommended vaccinations and regular worming. Some of these expenses cannot be avoided, so the resulting vet bill can be quite high even when the farm call is shared with other boarders.

Equine enthusiasts who own more than one horse and have an appropriate property often keep their horses at home. People who have the ability to stable, feed and care for their horses at home are able to cut down on the cost of horse ownership considerably. These equines will still require regular hoof care and a Coggins test if they are used for showing or trail riding off the property. The owners of these “backyard” horses usually have a veterinarian administer the recommended spring shots at the same time.

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