Horse ownership is one of those things that is a dream of many, but only a few ever get the chance. And it’s no surprise. Buying and caring for a horse is a huge commitment – and an expensive one at that.
There is a lot to think about, and you will need to do a lot of preparation to ensure you are ready to take on the responsibility. If you have an inkling you want to buy a horse, read on. I’ve put together a few ideas of everything you will need to do.
If you can guarantee you can live with these essential rules, you might just make a great horse owner. If not, I might suggest choosing a different animal for your home!
Do you really know how much it costs to own and car for a horse? You will spend a fortune on clothing and equipment alone. There are vet bills to consider, too, as well as insurance, shoeing, and vanning. You will need to pay for housing your horse in a stable, too. Even if you have your own suitable field, there are adaptations that you will have to make that all cost a lot of money.
When you buy a horse, you do so for better or for worse. Horses all have their own personalities, and go through periods of moodiness, too. There is every chance yours will not want to play ball when you do, and you will need to spend a long time training it. And make no mistake about it, horse training is a very different beast to horse riding. Your skills will be put to the test in a big way, or your new animal could well turn out to be a burden.
Every horse needs a stable, and it is essential that you house your new beast in a great environment. According to Vale Stables, the ideal home for a horse is sturdy, secure, and totally focused on your horse’s safety and comfort. That means a lot of time clearing out the muck, making checks, and swapping out dirty hay. And, most importantly, regular maintenance to ensure your stables are always habitable.
The quality time
You also have to spend a lot of time with your horse. He or she will need a lot of attention – and in most cases, they will also need a companion. Ideally, you should spend no less than two hours every day with your horse. That time includes grooming and riding – if you keep them in a boarding stable. If you are keeping them at home, your commitment will be even bigger. There is no respite, rain or shine, and few people will be willing to horse sit for you if you ever want to take a holiday!
The illness and injuries
As a vet, I see a lot of sick or injured horses. And I can tell you that it doesn’t take much for these fine animals to have an accident in the fields or develop a serious condition. The healing process can take a long time, too, in many cases. It’s all time and a lot of money from you, which you should always bear in mind before buying a horse.
So, do you think you have what it takes to own and care for a horse? If you aren’t prepared to do everything I have described above – and a whole lot more – your priorities should lie elsewhere!