Arabian horses are one of the most universally recognized horse breeds, so much so that even people that aren’t horse people can recognize these beauties. It’s also one of the most popular horse breeds worldwide, which is not surprising since the Arabian has had a vast influence on modern horses, as their bloodlines are found in a host of other horse breeds. There are six types of Arabian horses to be found—Shagya, Spanish, Egyptian, Crabbet, Polish, and Russian—so it’s easy to find one you love.
But how much do these gorgeous horses cost? Unfortunately, it’s quite a bit to purchase an Arabian. In general, you’ll find that an Arabian horse will cost you anywhere between $5,000–$30,000. Then, there are all the costs that come after, such as housing, feeding, and care. Today we’re taking a closer look at just how much you can expect to shell out to own an Arabian horse.
Bringing Home a New Arabian Horse: One-Time Costs
Arabians are a pricy breed of horse. On average, you’ll find that an Arabian horse will cost you $5,000–$30,000 (although horses and stallions that are top show can cost from $80,000–$150,000). And those aren’t even the highest prices for an Arabian horse!
One 10-year-old Arabian mare named Pepita sold for €1.4 million in 20151. And someone tried to purchase the famous Arabian horse, Marwan Al Shaqab, for a whopping $20 million2! (Although the horse’s owners turned the offer down.)
But for most, the cost of purchasing an Arabian horse will be in the $5,000 to $30,000 range. What factors affect the price of these horses? A few include the horse’s bloodline, age, show records, and training.
Unfortunately, you won’t be finding an Arabian horse that’s completely free (not unless you happen to get extremely lucky and stumble across someone desperate to get rid of theirs). However, some stables do offer leasing options for horses wherein you pay a monthly fee to ride the horse a handful of days a week or month. You can also look into joint ownership, wherein you and another person (or people) purchase and own the horse together to cut costs.
Adopting an Arabian horse will absolutely help you save on owning one of this breed. Depending on where you’re located and what rescue organization you go through, you could pay as little as $250 for a horse. One thing to keep in mind about rescue organizations, though, is that a horse might not meet your needs as some of these animals have had rough lives or may simply be rather old. So, take care to check the specifics of a horse carefully when adopting!
A breeder is where you’ll locate an Arabian horse for a higher price. Most horses purchased from breeders will cost thousands, depending on how much training a horse has had, its age and bloodline, and show records. If you choose to go through a breeder, ensure you’re getting your Arabian from a reputable one.
Initial Setup and Supplies
Owning a horse is a pricy endeavor; it’s not just purchasing the animal that will cost you money, but also the initial setup and needed supplies to take care of it long-term. Initial setup for an Arabian horse will mostly involve housing and feed. Costs will vary by your geographical location and where you choose to stable your horse. For instance, if you own a farm, you won’t have to pay to board the horse elsewhere, which will save you money. And feed can vary in price depending on what you decide to give to your horse.
You’ll also need items such as grooming supplies, saddles, blankets, halters, and other tack if you don’t already own them.
List of Arabian Horse Care Supplies and Costs
|Training||$40–$100 per day|
|Bridles & Reins||$48–$750|
|Halter & Lead Rope||$22–540|
How Much Does an Arabian Horse Cost Per Month?
Again, monthly costs will largely be determined by your geographical location as some areas are far cheaper than others when it comes to boarding, feed, training, healthcare, and hoof care. And those items are what will make up the majority of monthly costs for an Arabian horse (excepting possible replacement of tack items, although that won’t be a monthly occurrence).
Your Arabian horse will need routine care each year, such as dental care and vaccines, which shouldn’t cost a ton (and won’t occur monthly). However, there’s always the risk of injury or illness, and either of those could add an extra $500–$1,000 a pop to your yearly healthcare costs.
The price of feeding your Arabian horse will depend upon what type of feed you decide to go with and where you’re located. It could also depend on whether you’re boarding your horse somewhere, as feed may be included in the costs of boarding. Horses will eat approximately 15–20 pounds a day, spread out over multiple meals, so food can go quickly.
How much grooming costs each month depends on whether you’re doing the majority of it yourself or not. If you are, you’ll only buy grooming tools initially and replace them as needed. But it will cost you if you want to hire a groom, have your horse clipped, get hair braided, or simply pay someone to bathe your Arabian each month. How much will depend on where you’re located, but you could be looking at around $35 for a bath or $150 for a full-body clip.
Medications and Vet Visits
Your Arabian horse shouldn’t need veterinarian care and medication monthly (unless something is wrong with it). But on a yearly basis, your horse will require a physical exam, vaccines, possible dental care such as teeth floating, and a Coggins test. Of course, this doesn’t take into account illnesses or injuries—if either of those occurs and your Arabian needs long-term care, then you would have monthly costs, but they would be dependent upon what was wrong with your horse.
Insurance for your Arabian horse could vary wildly depending on which company you go with and the type of insurance you want. There are a host of insurance options available for horses that include major medical, surgical, colic surgery, loss of use, limited mortality, full mortality, and personal liability. The more options you go with, the more expensive your monthly premiums will be.
The maintenance of your horse’s environment will depend on whether you’re boarding in your own stables or if it is being boarded elsewhere. If you’re paying to have your Arabian boarded somewhere, you’ll pay monthly fees for this. Prices will vary depending on whether you’re doing full-care, self-care, or pasture boarding (and, of course, your geographical location).
When it comes to day-to-day supplies, there shouldn’t be too much you’ll need to replace often. Grooming and tack gear can last years if you take care of it properly.
A bored horse can quickly turn into a depressed horse, so you want to avoid that. Luckily, it can be relatively easy (and cheap!) to keep your Arabian entertained. You might invest in some good rubber balls to knock around with your horse, get a slow feeder, install a mirror somewhere so it can see itself, get a traffic cone (which horses seem to love), or engage in a grooming session with your horse. You can also provide a companion for your horse (it doesn’t need to be another horse; it could be a goat, sheep, or donkey). Mental stimulation is vital for horses, but luckily, they’re pretty easy to entertain!
Total Monthly Cost of Owning an Arabian Horse
The monthly cost of owning an Arabian can range greatly and is dependent upon many factors. However, you’ll need to ensure that your horse has proper housing, enough feed, insurance, regular healthcare, and entertainment. You’ll also be required to engage in grooming and upkeep of your horse’s environment.
Additional Costs to Factor In
Besides unexpected health issues such as illness or injury, you’ll need to factor in the possible cost of supplements for your horse which can run you $18–$75 a bucket. Supplements are sometimes required to give your Arabian certain nutrients it isn’t getting from its feed or remedy problems like gut issues. You’ll also need to factor in farrier visits. A farrier takes care of your horse’s hooves by trimming or shoeing them. Farrier visits are typically required every 4–8 weeks.
The other possible extra cost to owning an Arabian is the cost of training, whether that’s for you to learn how to ride or training the horse itself.
Owning an Arabian Horse on a Budget
Horses are expensive; there are no two ways about it. So, it can be difficult to own one on a budget. However, there are a few ways to cut horse ownership costs.
A big way to save is something we discussed above—joint ownership, where you own a horse with another person. Purchasing a horse with another and sharing the costs of taking care of it can help exponentially. You can sometimes also save on the purchase of a horse by adopting one from a rescue organization.
There are even ways you can save on needed supplies for your horse (as you’ll see below!).
Saving Money on Arabian Horse Care
Believe it or not, dollar stores can actually be a haven for horse tack. Obviously, they don’t carry items like saddles, but you’ll be surprised at what you can get from there—brushes, sponges, buckets, topical wound care, baby wipes, and more! Another great way to save money on horse care is by purchasing supplies in the off-season or getting used tack. You can even DIY some needed products, such as horse treats and fly spray.
However, never cut costs when it comes to items regarding the health of your horse, such as supplements or vet visits!
Horses are expensive, and Arabian horses aren’t any different. Just purchasing an Arabian will set you back $5,000–$30,000 (and possibly more, depending on what you’re looking for in a horse), although you may be able to save money by adopting a horse via a rescue organization. Then there are all the initial supplies you’ll likely need to purchase (especially if this is your first horse) that can cost $1,715–$21,190. After that, you’re looking at a monthly cost of $150–$1,160 to house, feed, and care for your Arabian, plus extra costs for supplements and farrier visits. It’s a lot!
But you can save some money on owning an Arabian horse by sharing ownership with someone else, shopping for supplies in discount stores or off-season, and DIY’ing certain things.
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