There are a lot of rewards that you reap from owning a horse. Its not an ordinary pet, and it’s logistically more demanding than most domestic pets. Horses, however, can give you more benefits physically as well as mentally, emotionally, and socially. These are enough reasons for many to want to have their own horses.
For first-time horse owners, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind. For those who already have a horse (or probably a stable of horses), check to see if youre following these tips:
1. Pick the right horse – theres an array of horse breeds for you to choose from. It can be quite overwhelming, especially if you’re only now learning about horses. Dont rush things. Give yourself time to check out whats available at stables near you.
American Quarter Horses, Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, and Warmbloods are among the most popular breeds chosen by horse owners. Of course, Ponies make it to the top of the list of children and teens who wish to own horses.
2. Buy all the necessary tools and equipment – you need more than just a sleeping pad in one corner of your home for your horse. In fact, even if you have a huge house, its not likely that a horse will thrive in your house much like a cat or a dog will. He needs an environment specifically “designed” to meet his needs.
If you don’t have space on your property for a barn, you’ll have to look for a boarding barn before you purchase your first horse. Make the necessary arrangements so that your horse can move right in as soon as you make your decision.
3. Stock up on horse health info – you have to read up and learn everything you can about horses and their needs. This way, you’ll be able to prepare accordingly to provide everything that will keep them healthy and happy. This is also a way for you to ensure that the investment you put into buying your horse will not go to waste.
Note too that your horse may get sick at some point, and you want to know what to do when it happens. Read up on the common diseases, like hoof and skin diseases. Have ready your shortlist of veterinarians and ferriers too.
Happy Horse Ownership
Whatever your reasons are for wanting to own a horse, and whatever benefits you wish to gain from doing so, its always best to be prepared before you take the plunge into horse ownership. There are a lot of other horse lovers who are generous with their knowledge and time.
Connect with other horse owners, go to expos and shows, take riding lessons, and immerse yourself in the horse world. These are just a few of the simple things you can do in order to be ready for responsible and happy horse ownership.