So you’re thinking about buying a horse, and you’ve rightly assumed that there are just a few things that you might need to know before you make such a sizable investment. According to TractorSupply.com, the major expense involved in buying a horse lies not in the purchase price but in the expenses involved in the animal’s continuing maintenance and care. Along with this it’s best to have a full understanding of what horse ownership will entail for both you and your household.
- Be sure to have the horse examined in advance by a veterinarian of your choosing. A horse represents a significant financial investment, both in purchase and maintenance, so you want to make sure that you get a healthy animal. A vet will be able to identify any problem areas that you won’t be able to recognize with the naked eye.
- What breed best fits the characteristics of the purpose your horse will serve? Will his primary purpose be to be used as a work animal? Will he be used for show? Will he be used to entertain? All of these questions must be taken into account as you begin to make the choice of whether to purchase a particular animal or not.
- Pay close attention to your potential horse’s disposition and make a final decision based on who will be interacting with him the most. If your horse will be a pet for your children, you want to make sure that he’s gentle and patient. If you plan to offer a ride experience to customers, you want to ensure that he isn’t nervous or skittish. If he’s going to be a work animal, you don’t want to see any stubborn streaks.
- How big will your horse be? Again, if his primary interaction will be with children, it might be wise to consider a smaller size. A work animal will need to be larger and stronger.
- How much experience do you have in handling horses? If none at all, an animal that’s already trained and who has a calm quiet disposition would probably be the best fit for you. If you’ve dealt with horses before, then your intuition can safely be your guide.
Hopefully these five tips will give you some initial thoughts to ponder as you begin your journey on the road to horse ownership. In the final analysis, you want this to be a long and happy experience for both you and your new four-legged friend.