Utilizing Cost-Share Programs on Horse Farms

Cost-sharing programs can cover 50% to 90% of the actual costs, allowing horse owners to invest in farm improvements that might otherwise be out of their budget.
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Adding interior fencing to divide large pastures into smaller paddocks to promote better rotational grazing on horse operations is a popular EQIP-eligible practice. | Photo: iStock

Author’s Note: This article focuses on programs in of Kentucky, but similar programs are available in many other states.

Horse-keeping costs extend far beyond the basics of feed, hay, and routine farrier work and veterinary care. Horse owners and farm operators might overlook, but could eventually be faced with, larger projects such as making pasture improvements, building hay storage facilities, installing high-traffic pads, and constructing safe stream crossings. The good news is that cost-share programs offer horse owners a chance to improve infrastructure at a reduced cost.

As the name suggests, these programs are designed to share the cost of improvements with the farm owner. Programs can cover 50% to 90% of the actual costs, allowing horse owners to invest in farm improvements that might otherwise be out of their budget. Cost-share programs’ goals vary, but generally focus on one of two areas: environmental protection and farm productivity

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