Children of all ages were excited to pet and brush horses Sunday, May 5, during the fifth annual "Horses in Your Neighborhood" event.

The Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance offered an opportunity for the public to pet horses and ask questions at River Ranch Arena and North Country Ride in Esko, Serenity Farms in Cloquet, as well as other facilities in Duluth.

The purpose of the event was to educate the public and encourage children to learn more about horses. Children donned helmets before picking a brush out of a nearby tray and grooming one of the large horses.

The facilities offered basic information about owning horses, such as meeting the needs of the large animal and a breakdown of costs.

For example, a farrier should visit every eight weeks to trim a horse's hooves; the cost averages $30-$60 per visit. Boarding costs range from $125-$700.

Hay, which must be dust-free and mostly grass, is $3-$4 per bale, which translates to about $600-$800 per horse per year.

Like most pets, horses need veterinarian care. A yearly visit can cost about $150. Not many local veterinarians make house calls in Carlton County, so the horse may need to be transported to a clinic.

To learn more about the Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance, visit