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I feel there are two questions here:

  1. Serfs could never ever afford a horse in the middle ages.
  2. The cost of feed: The cost of feed was immaterial as to own a horse you had to be rich enough that others were paying you tax and how they paid was farm products mostly.
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Q: How much did serfs pay for horse feed in the middle ages?
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