There are several things to keep in mind before buying a new horse, but even more so before purchasing your first one. Although it is quite an exciting event, owning a horse is much more work than a cat or dog, and if you wish to own one, here are some tips to keep in mind before buying. Quite a lot of these apply to any pet a person can own.
Furthermore, there are ways to choose the best one for you. A variety of breeds exists, and like dogs and cats, each has its personality genre, traits and care specifications. Read on.
First, horses cost more than your usual household pet. Consider food, shelter if you don’t have one, and veterinary care as the basics. Next, you need the equipment to clean it and maintain it. Afterwards, considering if your horse will take part in competitions is important, but quite a few people are content with owning a horse just as a pet. And, most importantly, do not take the amount of time needed to care for it lightly; it requires a large chunk of your day, and keep in mind that you will be shoveling manure. Plus, horses can live up to 20 years – this is as much of a commitment as having a child. Are you ready for that? Are you ready for the training, too? A horse requires more than a dog or cat.
Next, it’s time to actually choose the horse. Most will want a horse, not a pony, but this is a thought for those who have a smaller area. However, the latter is a bit more stubborn and this needs to be taken into consideration.
Do your research on breeds. Some are spunkier, and thoroughbreds tend to be more quiet and gentle. Especially keep in mind that behavior far outweighs color. Although some of us want that gorgeous white fur coat, is it truly the right fit for you? That being said, don’t settle for the one that you despise looking at just because it’s nice. You will be looking at it for the next 20 years, so you may as well enjoy it! Consider how the horse acts with you when you approach it, too. Most animals are very intuitive, and can give you a good indication as to whether they would like you as their owner. Take your time. When it comes to this sort of decision, rushing will do you no good.
Which brings me to my next point: try to meet the horse before buying it. See if you can have the option of riding it at least once, and getting to know the current owner. Without pushing too much, ask if you can bathe it, too. That way, you will see offhand if you can handle this beast.
Pick only a horse you can handle. Of course, your heart may go out for the one who was injured in a race and you just want to cuddle it and take care of it, but can you really take care of an injured horse? Or, the opposite is true as well: don’t pick the healthiest horse just because you want it that way, especially if you have the knowledge on how to care for it and don’t truly need the horse for tough labor. But, that being said, this does not mean that you need to settle for less, or disregard any physical anomaly. Ask whoever is selling it or its current owner about how the horse is doing health-wise, and make sure you are paying what it’s worth, too.
And, lastly, do not be afraid to ask for help. This is such an important decision to make, you may even want to consider a professional, such as a trainer. They may even be able to point out certain things you wouldn’t notice or, if it is a friend, remind you whether your personality would clash with the horse your eye falls on.
But, make it fun, and enjoy. This is not a reason to get stressed out!
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