Chrissane- They are so much work and pretty expensive. Luckily, Trix is only on hay and we're going to put her on alfalfa for more nutrients. Hay will run us about $20.00 a week. Veterinary won't be much. Under $100.00 a year unless something goes wrong. I have no idea how much dental work will be but all horses need to have their teeth checked on a regular basis and probably floated. Grooming supplies were only $117.00 but some stuff was given to me. A ferrier will be about $65.00 every 6-8 weeks. Hopefully we can work on taking her shoes off so it will be better on her feet and cheaper on us! Saddles are anywhere from $100.00 to thousands. The cheap $100.00 are not comfy and they could mess up her spine. My stepmom gave us her saddle but it doesn't fit. We have to buy a used one from someone here soon. (My unkle had to have someone do chiropractic work on PlayBoy because his saddle didn't fit right.) The bit and lead rope were $95.00. All in all (without considering the payments if you don't flat out buy one) she will cost about $200 a month. It's worth it. I will ride her till the cows come home! It's very good for them to be ridden at least twice a week. Very good for their hooves.
Here are the questions I sent Ed Dabney (her trainer) to give you an idea.
Do you have anything used for sale that we'll need for her like leads, bits, and such?
I don't have anything used for sale. All my used tack is the gear that I use every day in training horses. You can see all the halters, leads, bits, etc. on our web site at https://www.shop.eddabney.com/splashPage.hg
Can we use the same ferrier as Dean and Stacey? I'm not sure if she does shoes. She was the one that tied up Trix for me yesterday. The ony that gave her a bath.
Tanya, Dean's farrier that you saw here, used to trim Trix but Trix was often foot sore and somewhat lame. Trix is doing much better now under Freddie Garcia's care and keeping "natural balance" shoes on her. Freddie has been taking care of Trix now for about a year. Trix was shod by Freddie on March 28th. Freddie will be here again on May 9th. If you can't get Freddie to come to your place to shoe Trix, maybe you could bring her here on the days Freddie will be here. You can borrow my trailer. Freddie is very busy and is not taking on many new clients. He knows Trix so you could call Freddie and see if he could start coming to your place to shoe her. Freddie's phone number is
When should her next foot apt. be & how often?
May 9th. Every 6 weeks.
When should her next vet apt. be, what will she need (shots and stuff) and how often?
On April 6th she had her new coggins, east/west encephalitis, flu/rhino, and strangles vaccinations. These are annual so she won't need them again until next April.
She is due for her tetanus and rabies vaccines. She has not had these this year.
When will her next dentist apt. be and how often?
She had her dental work done on Nov. 11, 2005. This should be done annually by an Equine Dentist. I use Dr. Louder at UGA
What bit should I use with her?
This is the bit I use with Trix and all my horses. https://www.shop.eddabney.com/displa...5&categoryId=1
Will a saddle for a mustang fit her comfortably?
We'd just have to look at it and see.
Do I need hoof conditioner?
I don't think so but you might check with Freddie about this. I am not using a hoof conditioner with her now.
What kind of shampoo and conditioner for her coat and mane and tail? There are so many choices!
"Show sheen" or "Mane & Tail" are good but most any will do.
Because her little nose is white, does she need any sunscreen?
Yes, for sure. Horsetown in Snellville carries the best sunscreen for horses becasue it lasts several days and does not wear off. I forgot the name of it but the folks at Horsetown will know what you are talking about if you ask. I have used regular human sunscreen on her but you have to put it on often. If she gets sunburn blisters on her nose treat it with zinc oxide. You can get it at any drug store or Wal Mart. It's what folks use for diaper rash.
Is she going to eventually (or now) need any joint supplement?
She does not need joint supplement now and shouldn't anytime in the future. She has not been overworked and is in good shape.
They are a lot of work and time and money but Chrissane, it really is worth it if you have love for them!!