4 Things to Consider Before Getting a Horse

If you’re considering getting yourself a horse, it is very understandable. Horses are fantastic animals that can bring lots of joy, entertainment, and experiences. Even though it sounds like a great dream to have a horse, it is not always fun and play. Horses require a lot of work, time, and attention. It is not just about riding the horse, there is a whole list of things you must do for your horse. Therefore, before you make your final decision about becoming a horse owner, make sure you know what you are in for. 

There can be many reasons why you’re thinking about getting a horse. Maybe you’re very into derby horses because you watch a lot of sports news. Maybe you have regularly taken horse-riding classes and loved it so much that you now want your own horse. It could also be that you did riding as a child and now want to resume the interest. Well, no matter the reason, you need to make sure you’re prepared for the tasks of being a horse owner, as well as the finances. 

Make sure your horse-riding skills are good

This doesn’t mean you’ll have to be a professional or expert in horse-riding, but knowing how to ride a horse is pretty important. That is of course if you’re meant to ride the horse. Knowledge about horses in general, is also very important. If you’re inexperienced with horses, it’s better to start your horse-riding classes and learn more. 

Can you afford to have a horse?

It can be very expensive to have a horse. Equestrianism is one of the most expensive sports in the world. This does say a lot about having a horse and you must be prepared to spend quite an amount of money every single month. It is not just the horse that costs money to buy. You must be prepared to spend money for the vet services and that can end up with some huge bills sometimes. Even food for your horse can be very expensive. Other things you can add to the list are insurance for your horse, farrier, money for having your horse boarded somewhere, and equipment. Horse equipment can also be quite costly. You need to make sure all of this is possible with your finances every month. 

Time and dedication

It’s very important to state that taking care of a horse can take hours out of your schedule every single day. If you’re supposed to take care of the horse all by yourself, you have to prepare yourself. Feeding, cleaning, brushing, riding, and taking the horse to the paddock and back to stables are just some of the things you’ll do. There is a reason why horse-people do spend a lot of time around their horses and where they’re boarded. 

Find the right horse

There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to finding the right horse. What you could do is ask yourself some questions regarding what your needs are. Think about the purpose of the horse. Is it because you need a horse for competitions? Is it for equestrians? Or do you need a horse for riding more relaxing trips in the forests etc.? How old should the horse be and what skills should it have? You also need to consider what breed, height, and gender you’re looking for in a horse. Maybe the pedigree is also important to you. Yes, there are a lot of things to take into consideration regarding getting and taking care of a horse. It is always a good idea to read and study more about horses before you seek to own one.

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