Signs You Are Ready to Buy Your First Horse


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The decision to buy your first horse is a big one. Horses are large animals who can be dangerous if not handled properly. They live for over 20 years and require a significant investment of both finances and time. So how do you know that you’re ready to buy your first horse before you start looking at horses for sale?

You Have Good Riding Experience

You have been riding horses for at least a few years, long enough to know that a horse is a commitment that you want to make. You have good foundations in how to ride and interact with a horse safely, and you have an interest in continuing to learn.

You Have Basic Horse Care Knowledge

Aside from having learned the basics of how to ride a horse, you have taken your learning further and have been taught about horse care. You know how to groom and tack up a horse, and you understand the basics of horse health and feeding.

You Have a Trainer

Most importantly, you have a trainer or knowledgeable horseperson who is willing to stand by you and guide you through the process of buying a horse and caring for that horse. That trainer will help to keep you safe while continuing to develop your knowledge of riding, horse care, and the horse world in general.

You Have a Realistic Understanding of the Financial Side of Horse Ownership

You understand the many financial investments that you will have to make in owning a horse. You know what local agistments charge for monthly boarding, and you have a good sense of veterinary expenses, both standard and emergency. You have significant funds saved for the purchase and care of your horse, and you have a steady income that will allow you to support your horse.

You Are Dedicated

You understand the time and emotional demands that owning a horse will place on your life. You know that horses require regular exercise and care, and you are willing to sacrifice in other areas to make sure that you can care for your horse properly.

You Are Realistic

You understand that owning a horse will not be a magical bonding experience, but instead will require hard work, time, and patience. But you also know that, demanding as it may be, the experience will be a rewarding one.

Do you see yourself in the traits above? If so, then you may be ready to start looking at horses for sale.

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