Is riding a horse cheaper than driving a car?

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We must not ignore the fact that gasoline prices are exploding. With the national average for a gallon of regular gas approaching $5, some people are thinking of other ways to get around that don’t require gas. So, instead of high gas prices, would you consider trading in your vehicle for a horse?

The crew at did a study to determine the average annual cost of a car versus the average annual cost of a horse.

According to the outlet, on average, with a car, drivers spend about $5,000 a year on gas. On top of that, the average annual cost of insurance is around $1,000. By comparison, for a horse, a rider is likely to spend around $3,000 to purchase the horse. On top of that, a rider will pay over $4,000 for the stable of the horse. On top of that, if you are a beginner rider, it will cost you around $700 to take lessons to learn how to ride. Finally, expect to pay over $1,800 to feed the horse. He’s a hungry horse.

Judging by these numbers, it would cost around $7,000 or more to drive a car for a year. By comparison, it would cost around $10,000 or more to ride a horse for a year. So you’re better off sticking to your motorized vehicle, but it’s still a good idea. But if you’re looking for another travel option, you might want to consider a bicycle.

Anne Erickson’s love of music drew her to radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, as well as local music. She is also the head of the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at [email protected], follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet her at @AnneErickson!

Clyde P. Johnson