The Real Cost of Owning a Show Horse

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

Photograph by Les and Dave Jacobs/cultura/Corbis

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Saddles, Stirrups and More

Some riders say that riding bareback helps them develop a unique bond with the horse. One thing you definitely develop is powerful leg muscles. If you'd rather stick with a saddle, new and used ones range from $350 to more than $5,000, with higher-end saddles frequently coming from France or Italy.

$5,250: Butet premium jumping saddle --
$284: Herm Sprenger iron stirrups --
$275: Bridle with Reins --
$260: Butet stirrup leathers --
$10: Crop --
$335: Butet girth --
$45: Beval free wither saddle pad --
$100: Halter --

Running Tally: $131,929