I was informed end of 2020, that Canada was paying over $1.00/ lb and Mexico over .78/lb for horses. That means that your average 1,000 lb horse is around $1,000 at slaughter. This is making it hard to outbid kill buyers at auction and even harder to bail them from a kill pen for less than that. We prefer to go to auction to outbid kill buyers rather than give them any money.
Each horse gets a good dewormer when they arrive. We generally use a Panacur Power Pack for each horse. Depending on where we can find it in stock this varies from $60-$85.
Each horse will receive vaccinations as well. A 5-way vaccination with West Nile is $ 45.
All horses get their teeth floated which is $150-200/horse .
Some horses may need extensive vet care which can range from a simple exam of $50 to $1,000+ for a more extensive injury or procedure.
Each horse will also receive farrier work when they arrive. The minimum is $40/trim every 6-8 weeks. Some may need shoes which is $80 for fronts and $120 for all around. Farrier work is ongoing and increase the adoption fee of all horses so we can continue to sustain.
We also have each horse looked at and adjusted by the chiropractor prior to starting our training program. This is $60/horse. Some only need it once, for others this may be ongoing.
It's hard to list all the feed amounts on here, as prices vary all the time. Currently hay is at an all time high. Large round grass bales are going for over $100 a bale, and alfalfa over $200 a bale. On average, a horse will eat 1 large round bale a month in the winter. So if we keep a horse for 1 year, we already have $1,000 worth of feed into the horse if we were just feeding grass hay.
This is the area that highly increases the adoption fee, as a trainer is $800 - $1,200 a month. Some may be cheaper, but we feel you pay for knowledge. Other rescues may have lower adoption fees, but you do not get the level of training we offer. Additionally, with this you receive continual support and someone to call if you ever have questions or need to work through a situation with your horse.
We find that some of our horses are in need of certain supplements. The supplement that has helped us the most is Summit Joint Performance. This requires a loading dose and then a monthly dose thereafter. We have noticed many of our horses moving and feeling better after we start them on Summit and believe in this product so much we will continue to use it in our program.
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Donations is what allows us to offer our horses for adoption fees for less than the amount we are in to them so we may sustain our operations and continue to save, train, and rehome more horses!
Please consider donating, fostering, or adopting today!