This is great information and advice on the cost of horsekeeping! I have found that there are many ways to reduce the costs of keeping horses at home. Hay is usually my largest expense. I have found that stocking the loft when the price is at its lowest in the summer is the way to go. If you wait until winter to stock your loft, the cost skyrockets. You can usually get a better deal if you are willing to take the hay off the wagon and load it into the loft yourself. In the winter when many farms are running low on hay, dealers have an easier time increasing the price without any pushback. So, get your hay when the price is low! Supply and demand And estimate how much you will need to get you through to next summer! Also, take advantage of the large number of horse owners having spring and fall vaccines done at the same time. Our vet clinic offers a reduced farm call in the spring and fall for shots and dental exams only. The clinic organizes it by where you are located and groups nearby farms together on the same day. This saves the vet time by condensing calls and the farm owner money by paying a reduced farm call for routine vaccines.