Are you Ready to Buy a Horse?
Horses are excellent athletic creatures and can make a delightful, loving family companion. However, before purchasing a horse as a pet it is best for anyone, families in particular, to fully understand and accept the many responsibilities that come with horse ownership.
Buying a Horse is Big Responsibility
Owning a horse is a big responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. It means hard work for you, dirty chores and can be quite a considerable expense to care for.
It is imperative for prospective horse owners to fully understand that the initial purchase of your horse is only the very beginning.
Special consideration needs to be given to where the horse will be kept. Will it be on your own property? Will you rent a stable? What are the costs for stable rental? Food Costs are another considerable expense to consider.
Basic necessities you will need for you and your new horse are a bridle, saddle, saddle blanket, grooming brush, feed tin and water container. I would suggest enquiring about these costs before purchasing your horse, as they can be very expensive items.
Another important factor to consider is shoeing fees. There is also a chance you may have to seek veterinary attention for your horse’s teeth, worm control, coughs/ colds, and vaccinations against diseases that can harm your horse or leave him at risk.
Picking Your Horse
We recommend researching breeders carefully before choosing, be sure to pick one that is reputable. Beware of purchasing a horse from someone that cannot produce proper paperwork and history of the horse. We also recommend having your Veterinarian check out the horse before you make the purchase.
Be sure to express to the breeder exactly what your intentions are for buying the horse. Are you competing? Will a child be riding the horse? These are very important questions, as you want to make sure your horse will best suit you and/or your families riding needs.