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Horse Loving

Can You Really Afford a New Horse Right Now?

Inside: A horse cost calculator is a great tool to help predict what a horse will cost. They are a large animal and do not come without cost! These tips will give a horse owner a great start to maintaining and controlling costs! This is one great tool from our raising horses resource page.

What does owning a horse really cost?

Horse are fun, and exciting and definitely an investment.

And they are so very worth it!… [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

Free Resource Page for Horse Owners

I feel you. Owning a horse is wonderful and simple and all you’ve ever dreamed of.

But there are also some challenging moments, right? Acquiring and hauling enough hay for your horse can sometimes be overwhelming. And remembering when to give shots and when to worm and when hooves were last trimmed. And knowing what to work on next in the arena. It all adds up and sometimes we just need a little bit of encouragement and a place to keep all the information in one place, right?

That’s where we would like to step in and help you.

We have a free resource page for horse owners just like you, our subscriber. 🙂… [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

Every Time You Ride, Do This

A supple horse is the key to any good ride.

No one wants to battle a horse that is impossible to turn. A horse who is continually ripping the reins down, can quickly deflate a good ride. And a horse who is moving ever forward when you are clearly asking, “Go that way!” can just make you plain mad, right?

A supple horse is a key ingredient to a fun ride…. [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Cowboy?

We’ve all known them. The cowboys who wear the jeans and we’re not sure why.

This might warrant tar and feathers, but even some of the rodeo events produce cowboys who sure enough can ride a bull but who wouldn’t cut it in the outside circle of the cowboy lifestyle.

And that’s quite all right. Everyone has their forte’s.

Do you wonder if you have what it takes to be a cowboy?

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Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

New Cowboy on the Horizon

It seems as if the cowboy world is shrinking. I’m not talking about the rodeo world, but the died in the wool cowboy world where the cowboy makes a living doing what he is on a daily basis.

There are cowboys who drift with the seasons to ranches located in different climates, but in general, the way of the cowboy is slowly disappearing. It’s the chicken-or-the-egg-came-first scenario. Ranchers are using horses less, four wheelers more, less rope and drag brandings and more calf tables.

Are they using these more because of a lack of cowboys or is there a lack of cowboys because these are being used more? 

Ah, but they aren’t all gone! There are still those born to be a cowboy who are just now stepping onto the stage.

The new cowboy on the horizon. 

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Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

So…What IS a Cowboy?

Oh, cowboys. How we are drawn to you.

Some may see a cowboy from a distance and look on with awe: wooed, imagining a life working with beautiful horses and riding into the sunset.

(I worked in a bookstore and piled up many books with a handsome, rustic and romantic cowboy holding a smiling, beautiful woman in his arms. Cowboys are the making of a good romance, right??)

And those who work with a cowboy know him as a hard-working, go-to kinda guy. He is more than able to get the job done and just might prefer being sent off by himself to do the work he loves.

There are a few words that come to mind when I think of a cowboy. These words encompass many cowboys but as with anyone, they also barely scratch the surface. There really is no way to describe any one of us in full detail, with just a few words. In its entirety, the human race is deep and complex.

And our hearts, oh, our hearts: a puzzle that no one can quite figure out.

Who are you? What are you?

What IS a cowboy?

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Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

Don’t be THAT Horse Boarder

I am the mother of a three-year old and a 7 month old. Wow, babies and tots are so different. I didn’t realize this until I was the mother of both ages. Babies are almost easy by comparison! Currently, I’m trying to teach my three-year old boy how to care for other people’s things. It actually really started when I drug down from the barn attic, toys from my childhood. They had survived years of my devoted care and play and years in a box in the barn and then…approximately one week in the hands of my boy. Horse boarder

Remind me that plastic becomes more brittle with age and that boys will be boys. But golly, I was sad when my Maple Town car flew off the counter from the delighted push from scrubby little hands and the wheels broke off. To have survived so long…… [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

The 30, 60, 90 Day Horse

The 30, 60, 90 Day horse is a hot topic. And there are a lot of opinions and varying answers. This is because there are so many variables:  age, personalities and temperaments, breeding and handling prior to training all affect the outcome of each training session and the outcome of the total time period allotted for training.

“What should a horse know by the end of 30 days?”

 

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Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

“Choosing a Horse Trainer”

There are many opportunities that may arise where you could find yourself with a young horse needing to be started. You may have traded for one in a business deal, or maybe you bred your favorite mare. You might have needed more of a challenge or your older horse was in need of retirement. There are also times when an older horse needs a tune-up.

So, who do you turn to when you find yourself in need of horse training but you don’t feel your own horse riding and training skills are up to par? That is a very good question. … [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

“Tax Day Tips”: 10 tips for cowboys!

April 15th is always just around the corner and we have not always followed these tax day tips. Tax day is a day to be dreaded, at least in our family! Every year we pull out “the box” with all the receipts. We go look through the pickup and “the drawer” where receipts were thrown into and forgotten about.

If there ever is to be a war in our household, it will be the day the receipts come out.

It can be stressful, confusing and down right discouraging. Are we the only ones who have experienced this?… [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

What does it cost a horse trainer to train your horse?

 What does a horse trainer cost? And what does it cost a trainer to train your horse?

Have you ever had a horse trainer work with your horse? What was your initial knee jerk reaction when they told you how much one month of training was? *Gasp!* “What?? You want how much? How in the world could it be possibly worth that much?”

Horse Training | Horse Care | Horses | Cowboy | Cowboy Lifestyle | What does it cost a trainer to train your horse? You may be surprised. Thank him for all the hard work he is doing for his family and for you.

So, it’s worth exploring: What does it cost a trainer to train your horse?

  • Horse trainers, day workers, and cowboys are generally considered self-employed, so they pay 100% of their taxes and social security and medicare.
  • By using the Hay Cost Calculator, we know what an average horse will cost a month in feed.
  • Your horse trainer may also put on a set of shoes for your horse.
  • The property and pens that the horses are kept in need constant upkeep and maintenance
  • That pesky manure has to be cleaned up and put somewhere!
  • A trainer will use the training funds for the repair and replacement of all tack used
  • Maybe you aren’t starting your own colt because you just know it’ll be a rough start, either because you know the horses’ genes or you waited 3 years longer than you should have to get something done with your horse? Well, the horse trainer is taking on the full brunt of the wide variety of dangers that are present when starting and riding a young horse. There is some likelihood that tack will be damaged. And if your special, sweetheart is literally scared to death of the site of a flag or a dog running up behind him, there is potential for bodily injury.

Take a look at what the breakdown of each dollar paid to a horse trainer looks like:

Download the spreadsheet Horse Training Costs here if needed.

If you are a horse trainer yourself, fiddle with the numbers in the boxes above, to see where you fall. The taxes are based on Montana percentages, so change those to represent the state you live in.

Now let’s look at an average horse trainer, with an average budget. The “profit” is the final number from the above spreadsheet.

 

 

Again, feel free to fiddle with the numbers.

So, 13 horses a month. If you figure that at a minimum it takes a trainer one hour to brush, saddle, ride, cool down, unsaddle, brush off and put away, that would be 13 hours a day. And the reality is that it is impossible to get a good ride done in less than an hour, so that would be even more than 13 hours of working with horses for one day.

If your trainer values his health, he will take time to sleep, and eat properly. If he values his family, he will make it a point to help put his children to bed each night and will spend some time with his wife. And if he values his business, he will feed the horses he owns and trains.

In other words, for the normal, family man trainer, 13 horses a day is an impossibility. For the average trainer, who is able to solely train horses, 4-6 horses is about maximum. That would be between 1-2 hours a day with each horse.  The total “profit” made for 4-6 horses is $1200-$1800 a month to pay the bills.

Have you every noticed that the cowboys you know, live on many multiple streams of income? This is why. They have to pick up extra work to meet the remaining budget. And the icing on the cake for them is when they can get paid twice for doing one job. For instance: a rancher hires him to move cows and he is also able to ride the horses he is training.

If you are interested in more ideas to expand your income: 12 Ways a Cowboy Can Earn & Increase Income

So, the next time you need a trainer, remember what it costs him to train your horse and thank him for all the hard work he is doing for his family and for you. He deserves a pat on the back and a big thank you for starting that beautiful colt of yours.

Have you ever had a knee jerk reaction about the price of training a horse? Or are you a trainer who can relate to these numbers?

We would love to hear from you. What are your experiences? What do you charge to ride colts? What is your profit? Do you have multiple streams of income? Let us know!

Horse Training | Horse Care | Horses | Cowboy | Cowboy Lifestyle | What does it cost a trainer to train your horse? You may be surprised. Thank him for all the hard work he is doing for his family and for you.

If you are on a journey to improving your horse care and horsemanship, you may be interested in our free resource page for horse owners. It is password protected and updated weekly. So take a moment and sign up below. You will receive an email shortly and will be able to download and print all the helpful resources. 🙂

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Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

Hay Cost Calculator

What will it cost you to feed your horse for the year?

Horses | Horse Care | How to Horses | Use this FREE hay cost calculator to find out how much it will cost you to feed your horse for the year. Get a handle on how much it can and will cost.

Owning horses and feeding them for a year is no small feat. It requires a lot of diligence to know how much hay to feed, where to find the best hay for the best price, haul it all home and put it all in a stack that will not spoil until it’s used. That’s a lot of money, time and effort!

Use the tools below to find out how much you should be feeding your horse each day and how many ton you will need in a year and how much it will cost you.

You can then use the Horse Cost Calculator to budget all of your expenses.

Tips

  • If you don’t know the weight of your horse: find a scale like you would find at a feed elevator and weigh your truck, trailer and horse. Take your horse home and go back and weigh your truck and trailer. The difference is how much your horse weighs. Or your vet or a feed store consultant could help you.
  • Calculate the weight in roughage a day your horse should be fed. Fill in how much your horse weighs in the first box:

If the above doesn’t show, please download the Calculate Hay Fed per day per horse worksheet.

  • Be aware that overfeeding your horse doesn’t make sense for several reasons: It’s a waste of hay, money and there are dangers of and for an overweight horse.’
  • Using the Hay Cost Calculator below, calculate how much hay you will need and how much it will cost per year and per month in the formula below. Fill in the boxes with squares around them with the information needed to find your answers.

If the above doesn’t show, please download the Cost and amount of hay per year formula

Phew! Horses can cost a lot can’t they? But when you are able to get a handle of how much it can and will cost, it makes a world of difference. There is nothing worse than knowing haying season is coming quickly and no plan has been made financially to acquire the hay needed for the year.

I hope using this Hay Cost Calculator helps you in the many years to come in your horse loving life.

You may also have wondered which is better: round bales or square bales. Weigh in on which you like: round bales verses square bales.

If you are just now looking into buying a horse for the first time, Consider These Questions When Buying a Horse

What does it cost you a month to feed your horses?

The helpful tools on this page aren’t the only ones we have to offer you! We have great riding patterns, horse health tracking information, spreadsheets and printables on our free resource page! Sign up below, find the password in your email and keep checking back! We add to this page weekly!

Horses | Horse Care | How to Horses | Use this FREE hay cost calculator to find out how much it will cost you to feed your horse for the year. Get a handle on how much it can and will cost.

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Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

5 questions to ask a rancher before hiring on

Being hired on in any job can be both an exciting and terrifying time. A lot of things are said, decided upon and signed even before you step foot on the place officially.

But have you ever gotten through the process and realized that you forgot to mention a few things? Or maybe months later, you wished you had brought up more than you did?

Been there, done that, right? It’s hard to go back and broach those subjects…. [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

Dangers of an Overweight Horse

We’ve probably all been there: owned that “easy keeper”. Although hay can get spendy, golly! owning a horse is spendy, you may find that it can be a little too easy to feed your horse a little bit too much. When spring rolls around and a round belly protrudes and thick withers abide, you may regret having given that little bit of extra hay each feeding. … [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

Round Bales Verses Square Bales

Horses have to be fed. Every day, morning and evening. It’s an endless cycle of feed, water, clean up poop and hopefully, there is a bit of time left to enjoy your horse!

Each year the haying season rolls around and it’s the big rush to get hay in the barn before it rains. Depending on how many horses you have, this can be a big project, with a huge sigh of relief when the barn door closes with all the hay for the year stacked. Square bales are very familiar to the horse owner, but there is another option: round bales…. [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

10 Ways to Effectively Market and Sell Your Horse

For horse owners there seems to always come a time when selling a horse is necessary. Whether you train and sell horses for a living or just came to the point where your horse doesn’t fit you needs anymore, it seems prudent to know how to effectively market and sell your horse to get the most value. Of course, your horse is priceless 🙂 and following these 10 simple techniques will help you show a potential buyer just how amazing your horse really is. … [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

4 Things the American Cowboy Does for YOU

You may feel like you are very far removed from the west and the cowboy lifestyle, but in reality, the American cowboy may be more involved in your life than you think. You might spend your time in an office, amid the hustle and bustle of paper and love the sights and sounds of the city. But far away from the lights and people, are men who get up at the first sliver of dawn to go work the land and animals in their care; and they are still working as the sun sets. These men and women thrive on a different kind of work. Work that involves many grueling hours of hard, physical labor. Your’s and the cowboy’s jobs are worlds apart and yet intertwined. … [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

12 Ways a Cowboy Can Earn & Increase Income

Multiple streams of income may not be on the forefront of your mind. But when pay-day comes and the bills roll in, you wonder why the job you love the most isn’t cutting it. And then you realize that multiple streams of income and learning how to increase income just may be the way for you to keep doing what you love.

Here are 12 ideas on how you can earn and increase income as a cowboy:… [Read More]

Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.