Introduction to Being a Horse Owner
If you or your child desires a horse for recreational purposes, there are many things to consider before making this type of commitment. Granted anyone who desires a pet of any type must be committed to caring for all the needs of that animal. However, a horse is a bit more challenging, he or she must think about this purchase, and have all the needs and expenses of the horse met before actually making the purchase.
1. Consider Your Money, Time and Love of Horses
He or she must have the time, money, and love to supply a horse all they need. The seller and the horse need guarantees from their new owners that he or she will supply these needs. The number one consideration is, does he or she have enough property for the horse.
If he or she does not have enough property then consider how much it will cost ongoing to board the horse elsewhere. Is a friend going to offer boarding of the horse or is he or she going to have to look to a commercialized boarding stable?
Calculate how much money boarding is going to cost in one year. Consider what type of shelter he or she has for their horse.
2. Consider all Costs
He or she must consider veterinary care costs, food costs, and equipment costs such as purchasing the right style of saddle and all the grooming tools needed for the horse. He or she needs proper riding clothing and so much more.
3. Matched Personalities are of Necessity
Purchasing a horse is like having a close friend. He or she is not likely to hang around friends they do not get along with, and where personalities clash. This type of friendship makes everyone uncomfortable. All pets including horses have personalities just like people. If the personality of the horse does not match correctly to the personality of their new owner, it is unlikely the horse and new owner are going to be very unhappy.
He or she must consider for what purpose they want to buy a horse, such as recreation or business. Is he or she going to offer horse riding lessons? Does he or she live in scenic country where people visit your stable for an afternoon of pleasant riding? The horse’s personality must, match the owners or for what purpose the horse is going to serve.
4. Be an Educated Horse Owner
He or she must know about horses and never buy a horse blindly. He or she must be educated about horse care and the needs of the animal. He or she must have compassion and love and be committed to treating the animal with respect and dignity just as they would any human loved one.
If he or she has never ridden a horse before they should take some riding lessons and learn, what it takes to be a successful horse rider, before making a horse purchase. He or she must not show fear of the animal due to their size. Animals notice these emotions of their owners. No matter what animal he or she is around know that animals are intelligent creatures in their own right. The prospective horse owner who has not been around horses must learn how to act in order to covey to the animal trust and love.
5. Know the Body Language of Your Horse
Every animal has specific body language and he or she will need to read this language. For example, those who own felines know that when their cat purrs they are generally content, when they lay on their back exposing their belly they trust those around them, when they hide they may be ill, and when they lay their ears down and back the cat is either fearful or angry.
He or she must know this same body language of a horse and be able to read when the horse is happy, sad, angry, content, ill and much more. Pet owners must gain the trust in their horse much like he or she gains the trust in another other animal or human acquaintance. As time passes he or she crosses that line to becoming a close trusting friend to their horse. Soon the animal will know they can trust their owner and the feelings of trust and unconditional love flows between pet and owner.