There are a lot of things that have to be taken into consideration before owning a horse. A couple of things that would have striked you as non-important, in which are very relevant to owning a horse for the first time. Below we will venture into the top 5 “Must Know’s” of owning your own rider.
Knowledge on these five aspects, in which Asking yourself these five simple questions could determine if you are prepared to own a horse.
The Kind of Horse that grabs your intrest(Diffrent Breeds of horse serve a different purpose, depending on your specific needs.)
Where you plan to purchase you horse?
Knowledge on the items needed to properly care for the animal.
Estimating the cost of everything associated with having a horse in your possesion.
Depending upon purpose you’ll determine the kind of horse you need, whether it be for the enjoyment of riding, show performances or breeding, think about the cost in which will follow.)0.5 % of GrainMix is responsible for the body weight of horses per day( Larger horses for breeding consume more.) So alone that could cost hundreds for feeding purposes, lets not forget Grass Hay, salt and minerals, all consumable by a animal weighing several hundred pounds.
You have a couple options in the field for where to purchase your Horse. It could be from an auction, or from a private contract, and although you can buy a horse at several hundred dollars it is not recommended. Many dont know that “cheap” horses come untrained. *(Be ware of buying untrained horses, for though they come fairly cheap, they can take months to train & can be dangerous if self-taught & done poorly.) Many don’t consider that horses price range depend on: Pedigree, Condition, & Training level.
Caring for a horse is a whole different ball game compared to owning a dog or cat, their bording is very important as well, and what people may not know is that urban area’s’ tend to hike up the prices as far as taxes on property. The more the merrier, so if you have a large stable in acre’s and go all out on Indoor Arena’s, Groomed riding rings, Wash racks, Trails, Jumps…ect, by all means do so. We want this beautiful creature comfortable by all means. Horses require as much of not more care than we do in a sense, if You do decide a horse is for you, gather all the info you’ll need to prepare and care for this creature. Also before buying *Beware that Children and ponys, although cute together are not a good match. Young horses will not react to fear as well as an mature adult horse
Cost for ownership, property tax, operating cost all can be researched through a site I discovered http://www.equine.com/horse-cost.aspx