Considerations of Buying a Horse

Owning a horse is a huge responsibility. It means hard work and dirty chores for a long time, and it also means quite a considerable expense.

It is very important for a prospective horse owner to understand that the initial purchase of a horse is only the first step and many more costs will be involved.

Some of the basic necessities you will need for your horse include a bridle, saddle, saddle blanket, grooming brush, feed tin and water container. You are advised to enquire about the costs of such items first as they can be very expensive unless you take time and care in their selection. Also needed is a safe storage area for your equipment when it is not in use.

Your own riding outfit has to be purchased as well, and this must include a suitable hard hat and good quality riding boots. There will also be veterinary fees and farrier fees, not to mention stabling costs and the cost of feed.

Before you purchase a horse please ensure that you have thought carefully about the responsibility of horse ownership. Speak to your local veterinarian, pony club and other horse owners, and gather as much information as you can to aid you in your decision. Never buy a horse as an impulsive decision. For more information about pet ownership click here.

The following information is intended to provide a very basic overview of the essentials of caring for your pet. It does not cover every aspect of the care of your pet and we strongly advise that you seek further specific information and advice in order to ensure the welfare of any animals in your care.