Seven Ways to Tell If You Are Ready for Your First Horse

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Buying a horse is a big step, and it can be intimidating if you’re a first-time horse owner. Before you start looking at horses for sale, take a look at the following points to see if you’re really ready to buy your first horse.

1. You Have Riding and Horse Care Experience Buying a horse is not something to walk into if you’re totally inexperienced. Horses are unique and fragile creatures and they require special care to keep them safe. If you’re buying a horse, you should really have at least a few years of experience in both riding and caring for horses. A base understanding will make the transition to horse ownership easier.

2. You Have a Trainer

Even if you’ve been riding for years, it is important to have a trainer whom you can call on for advice and help. A trainer can help to keep both you and your horse safe, and can assist you with the horse buying process.

3. You Have Significant Funds Saved Up to Buy Your Horse

Horses are not cheap, and taking on a horse offered for free can often mean taking on physical or behavioral issues. It is important that you research the range of prices that horses suited for you are being sold for. Save up plenty of money for the purchase, and don’t forget to save funds for a pre-purchase exam and for transportation.

4. You Have a Stable Where You Can Keep the Horse

Before you start looking at horses for sale, make sure that you will have a place to keep the horse, if you do buy one. If you will be boarding at a horse stable, then be sure that the stable you are planning on using has an open stall available.

5. You Have Access to a Horse Float

While you don’t necessarily need to own a horse float in order to own a horse, you will need to have reliable access to a horse float to transport your horse home, to shows, and to the veterinary clinic in the event of an emergency.

6. You Have an Emergency Fund Saved Up

Before you buy a horse, look into the costs of emergency vet treatment. It’s almost certain that at some point in your horse’s life, he will require emergency treatment. Have money set away specifically for that purpose so that you can get your horse the treatment he needs.

7. You Understand Owning a Horse Is a Commitment

Before you jump into horse ownership, take a look at what is involved. Horses can live for twenty or more years and they require significant financial and time investments. At the same time, they’re also highly rewarding, and bonding with a horse can be a great experience.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to buy your first horse? Then it might be time for you to start looking at horses for sale.

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