Is riding a horse cheaper than driving a car?

by: Devan Markham, Nick Smith

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(NewsNation) — As the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline approaches $5 for the United States and $4.80 for Virginia, some Americans are considering other modes of transportation to reduce costs. In a bizarre twist, some are even thinking of swapping their car for a horse instead.

Taking this wacky theory into account, we’ve broken down the average annual cost of a car versus the average annual cost of a horse.

On average, with a car, drivers spend about $5,000 a year on gasoline. The average annual cost of insurance is around $1,000.

Now, for a horse, a rider is going to spend around $3,000 on his own to buy the horse. Then it’s going to cost over $4,000 to skim that horse. It will cost you $700 to learn how to ride a horse, because you don’t just jump on this thing and take off. And finally, on average, it will cost over $1,800 to feed the horse.

So, on average, we’re talking about over $7,000, or thereabouts, for a car over a year. And for a horse, it will cost more than $10,000 a year. Also, the horse does not come with windshield wipers.

If you are seriously considering alternative transportation to cut car costs, bicycles and public transportation are affordable options.

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