A little Monday Math :)
|March 23, 2009||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Several people have commented on the math behind shoes versus boots…..so I wanted to post this, just in case anyone else was thinking about switching, but was having a hard time making everything add up!
Shoes – Farrier does trimming
Assuming your horse is on 6 week shoeing cycles at $85/shoes. Assume you shoe 5 times a year (this is reasonable for me. The last year is was closer to 4 times): $425
3 trims for pulling shoes/trimming etc at $35/trim: $105
Total cost: $530
Boots – Farrier does trimming
Assuming 6 week trimming cycle (reasonable considering that foot must fit in boot!): $280
Boot cost. Assume renegades and they last 1 year: $360
Total cost: $640 (even if you trimmed every 8-9 weeks the cost is still more)
Boots – Self trimming
Cost of tools (this is estimated because I don’t know how often I’ll need to replace my rasp): $50
Boot cost: $360
Total cost: $410
The neat thing is that since I have a budget on the computer where I track my spending I’ll be able to do an exact cost analysis at the end of the year, between horses (Minx will be booted, Farley will be shod) and between years (2008 versus 2009).
It’s more than just the $$$ though (as I think everyone here who boots their horses “gets”). I do NOT want my horses shod more than a total of 9 months out of the year. If I have a horse that is consistantly competing throughout the year, competing with boots will let them have that barefoot period. Like I mentioned before, booting is also about freedom for me – I won’t have to worry about shoeing cycles.
Thank you everyone for your public and private posts! I feel like I’m entering a brave new world (in a good way).