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The Real Cost of Owning a Show Horse

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-08-01T15:09:13Z

Photograph by YM/epa/Corbis

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Horses have choices ranging from the hunter shoe, for those often on the road, to the fullered shoe, which helps horses with foot or limb problems. Shoes are made from steel, aluminum, rubber, plastic and other materials, though show jumpers do best with lightweight aluminum. Farriers charge $150 to $350 per visit for horseshoes, depending on the size and whether corrective materials are needed. Horses need new shoes every six weeks.

$1,733: New horseshoes every six weeks for one year -- farrier Kevin Post, Kingston, New York
$87: Woof Kevlar Overreach Bell Boots --

Running Tally: $125,370