The Real Cost of Owning a Show Horse

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

Photograph by Marc Mueller/dpa/Corbis

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In Pennsylvania an old law says that "any motorist who sights a team of horses coming towards him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass." There are other reasons to buy blankets. They keep a horse warm, clean and protected against insects. Triple Crown blankets, embroidered with your horse's name, run $249 for a wool dress sheet, $199 for a quilted stable blanket, $149 for a stable sheet and $125 for a net cooler. There are plenty of others, ranging from $60 to $150. Most horses need no more than two or three blankets.

$100: Wool dress sheet --
$90: Rain cover --
$136: Amigo 1200D Bravo 12 turnout blanket --

Running Tally: $132,255