How much does it cost to rescue a horse?


A friend of mine who loves horses told me about costs of “Rescuing a Horse”. I was surprised about how expensive it is and felt like sharing what I gathered from the conversation. It really needs very dedicated people to rescue a horse and cough up the money:

Table 1. Average cost associated with rescuing a horse.
Average cost*
Adoption or purchase fee $400
Transportation (per loaded mile) $1.00
Boarding (monthly) $400
Basic veterinary care (initial cost) $600
Euthanasia and rendering $400
Nutrition (monthly) $275
Basic hoof care (annually) $240
Training (monthly) $500
*Costs can range widely and are largely dependent on the condition of the horse at the time of adoption or rescue. The costs do not include specialty or emergency care and hospitalization.

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