Are You Ready to Own a Horse?

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Are you thinking about buying a horse ? Owning a horse is not a decision you should jump into lightly. Before you start looking at horses for sale, here are some ways to decide if you are really ready to own a horse.

Riding Experience

Before you buy a horse, think honestly about how much experience you have in riding. Learning to ride a horse is a long, slow process. How much time have you spent in the saddle under the supervision and instruction of a qualified riding instructor?

Realize that even if you buy a calm steady horse intended for a beginning rider, you will probably be riding the horse alone at times. If you have only ridden during supervised lessons, riding without the presence of an instructor will be a new experience. It is best if you have already grown accustomed to handling a horse on your own before you buy a horse.

Access to an Agistment Property or Stable

Once you buy a horse you will need a place to keep him. If you are not lucky enough to have a stable of your own, then you will need to find a local agistment property where you can keep your horse. To simplify the process of buying a horse, try to find an agistment beforehand so that you know that you will definitely have a place to keep your horse.

Horse agistment properties offer a wide range of services, so it is best to understand just what services you will need and to begin the process of finding an agistment early. Some locations offer very basic services in which you pay a fee for your horse’s stall but are responsible for purchasing his feed, shavings, and supplies, as well as for taking care of him. Other arrangements include the cost of supplies and care for your horse, leaving you with less of a commitment.

If you are new to caring for a horse, an arrangement offering full service care may be ideal, as you can learn about horse health and care from the more experienced caretakers. Caring for a horse can be complicated, and is not something to jump into quickly without the guidance of someone experienced in horse care.

After You Buy – The Costs of Upkeep

It is also important to consider the overall cost of owning a horse before you start looking at horses for sale. In addition to the cost of caring for your horse, you will need to factor in the costs of regular vet and farrier care as well as the sometimes expensive emergency vet visits.

The initial cost of buying a horse will be increased by the equipment that you need to purchase as well. Consider whether you will need to buy a saddle and bridle, first aid supplies, grooming supplies, and blankets for your new horse.

Although the prospect of owning your own horse may be exciting, buying a horse is not a decision that you should make quickly. Talk to experienced horse people and carefully lay out a budget to make sure that buying a horse is the right decision for you.

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