You've loved horses ever since you were a kid and have always
dreamed of owning one. You've spent the last three years taking
horseback riding lessons. You know how to tack up, muck out,
and have read just about every book out there on the care
and feeding of horses. No one can doubt that you've put your
time in. Horses are no fleeting fancy, but are a hobby that
is here to stay!
So, are you ready to buy your first horse? Well, before you
break out your checkbook you need to take stock of a few things
in your life to determine whether horse ownership is right
- Do you have the knowledge? How much time have you really
spent around horses, and has it been hands-on? If you ride
at a fancy stable that tacks and untacks your horse for you
then guess what? You aren't having the full horse experience!
Make sure you know what is really involved in caring for,
feeding, and cleaning up after your horse. A great way to
learn about all that is involved in horse ownership, without
making a long-term commitment, is to lease a horse. Try leasing
a horse for a year or two and then decide if horse ownership
is really for you.
- Now that you know what is involved, do you have the desire?
Horse ownership is a tremendous amount of work. Are you up
for it? If you aren't, that's perfectly okay. If you really
love riding horses but don't enjoy all the extra stuff that
goes along with them, then why not just keep taking riding
lessons? Ask yourself what you really love about horses. If
you love things like mucking out, grooming, feeding, and taking
care of horses, then you would probably make a great horse
- Do you have the time for horse ownership? No more showing
up at the barn, riding for an hour, and then heading home
to your real life. When you are a horse owner, horses are
your real life. If you travel frequently, can't or don't want
to commit to a regular schedule, or have a very busy work
or family life, then this might not be the right time in your
life for horse ownership. Remember, horses must be fed, watered,
and cared for according to schedule, and it's up to you to
be able to maintain that schedule.
- Do you have the space for a horse? You either need good
accommodations at home, or you need to find a place to board
your horse. If you are keeping your horse at home, at the
very least he needs two grassy acres, a run-in shed, and an
adequate water supply. If you keep your horse at home you
also need to know that he'll appreciate some company. It's
best if you have room for an additional horse, a goat, or
some other companionable animal.
- Do you have the money for a horse? Horses are very expensive!
Add up everything it will cost to keep your horse happy and
healthy. Include food, farrier bills, veterinary bills, insurance,
training, and board if you keep him somewhere other than home.
Now, does this figure fit into your budget? On the fence about
whether you can afford horse ownership? Again, leasing is
a good option. When you lease a horse, you are responsible
for all of his monthly bills for a certain period of time.
If you find at the end of this lease period that your horse
has eaten well but you haven't, then you may want to reconsider
horse ownership when you are in a better financial situation.
Remember, owning a horse is hard work and can be extremely
taxing on your time and resources. Before you embark on the
exciting journey of horse ownership, make sure you are ready!
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About the Author
Ron Petracek was raised in Souther Idaho,with a black morgan
as his adventure companion. His Love for horses has expanded
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